Friday, September 30, 2011

Migraine; You Scream, Ice Cream

It's true. Some migraine sufferers are finding relief in eating what we used to scream for as children. Ice cream, no matter what flavor, when eaten fast enough, may alleviate the head pain of a migraine.

Ice Cream headache, known as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (betch ya can't say that 10 times fast), means "nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion" and is caused by a sudden application of a very cold substance touching the roof of your mouth or palate. It is believed to result from a nerve response causing rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels.

Sure, it hurts, but only for a few minutes. Some find that when the brain freeze subsides, the migraine recedes as well. Why? Medical professionals are not currently sure. More and more victims of severe head pain are trying this as a remedy and finding some relief.

That's the name of the game, isn't it? Finding something that gives us relief from our migraines. Even if it only lasts a little while, its worth trying at least once.

What's your favorite flavor? Do you prefer a sorbet, or a popsicle to ice cream? Just make it cold and eat it fast. Let me know if this does or doesn't work for you. I want to know.