young woman enjoying an ice cream bar

Q. You recently wrote about an ice cream cure for a migraine. I am a lifetime sufferer. While in the throes of a multi-day migraine, I ate ice cream too fast and got “brain freeze.” My migraine disappeared. This has been my best remedy for about 20 years now, and I hope it will work for someone else.

A. Doctors call brain freeze sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It can be very painful. It occurs when very cold foods or beverages like slushies or ice cream numb the nerves in the roof of the mouth.
You are the second person to tell us that an ice-cream headache stopped a more prolonged and serious migraine. Those who do not get relief, however, may wish to consult our Guide to Headaches and Migraines for other treatments.

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  1. Megan
    Virginia
    Reply

    I know this is an old thread but ice cream works for me too! I get the nauseous, throbbing migraine that is excruciating to bend over, cough or do much of anything. One bowl of ice cream and it’s gone. Works faster than taking a pill. Worth the try!

  2. Shelley
    Reply

    I get the kind of migraines that causes nausea and vomiting. I’ve found that peppermint ice cream can help relieve some if the effects.

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