Posted by: Wendy | 2018/11/15


Ice pick headache

Once or twice a year I get an ‘ice pick’ headache at the side towards the back of my head. Could this be connected to my sinuses? The ice pick headache is usually accompanied with a sore throat and excess phlegm in my throat especially at night when lying down. The headache is sharp and continuous but can be controlled with ibuprofen every 8 hours. My head is tender at the sight of the headache. The headache has been on both left and right sides of my head but not at the same time. When I get the headache it remains on the same side of my head for the duration. It can last between 4 to 9 days. I am 76 years and this started 4 years ago. In the 4 years I’ve had this 5 times. I’ve been to doctor on two occasions but wasn’t given any diagnosis. Wondering if this could be related to my sinuses?

Expert's Reply


Sinusitis Expert
- 2018/11/15

No , it seems atypical for sinus symptoms.

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