The dreaded ice cream headache. It’s not something you want to get, but many of us have experienced it at one time or another. In fact, migraineurs seem to get them more then most, and they can in fact trigger migraine attacks.
Ice cream headache or brain freeze even has a technical name – a long one at that: Headache attributed to ingestion or inhalation of a cold stimulus
But, irony of ironies, a few years ago I discovered something that did more to stop a migraine attack (for me) than many medications and treatments. Simply: eating something very cold.
I mean, icy cold.
Now, you don’t want to chug it down like you’re in some kind of a competition. And ice cream may not be the best… it can cause problems for some people.
But consider something like a smoothie, a frostie, a slurpee, a blizzard, whatever it may be – try it when the pain starts to get intense and see if it helps. You might be surprised – it could slow down the chain reaction. What can cause symptoms might just stop them or slow them once they’ve begun.
What is 1% Thursday?
Every Thursday at Headache and Migraine News (weather permitting) we’ll talk about one measurable, practical thing we can do to make our lives just 1% better. Usually it will be something very easy, sometimes it will be a challenge. Let us know if you try it, or share an idea of your own – and maybe a year from now we’ll see that things have really changed for the better!