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Cold-stimulus headache

A cold-stimulus headache, also known as brain freeze, ice-cream headache, trigeminal headache or its given scientific name sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (meaning "pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion"), is a form of brief pain or headache commonly associated with consumption (particularly quick consumption) of cold beverages or foods such as ice cream and ice pops. It is caused by having something cold touch the roof of the mouth, and is believed to result from a nerve response causing rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels or a "referring" of pain from the roof of the mouth to the head. The rate of intake for cold foods has been studied as a contributing factor. A cold-stimulus headache is distinct from dentin hypersensitivity, a type of pain that can occur under similar circumstances.

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I LOVE icecream... the only problem is those darn headaches I get when eating a delicious chocolate cone! So, I looked into why I got headaches. Not only did I learn why I get headaches, but I found an easy way to get rid of them! Press your tongue on the roof of your mouth and BAM! NO MORE HEADACHE means MORE ICECREAM!

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Since brain freeze is caused by something cold touching the roof of the mouth the solution is quite simple. It is possible to "thaw" these nerves by pressing the thumb against the roof in order to stop the painful situation.

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