Research on Brain Freeze Could Lead to Chronic Headache Relief

The nearing of the ice cream truck jingle is ever more present as summer closes in on the spring season. Children and adults across the nation are giving in to those sugary temptations. That first cone of the summer can hardly all fit in your mouth at once but your ice cream desire doesn’t have the patience. And that is when it hits: the brain freeze. A brain freeze occurs when you eat or swallow something ice cold too quickly and a searing pain is felt all across your forehead. Only lasting momentarily, a brain freeze can be quite excruciating. Studies on brain freezes could lead to more information and effective treatments for various kinds of headaches.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, patients who endure severe headaches or migraines understand the severity of the pain. These studies could eventually pave the way to ease and alleviate some or most of that associated pain. Dr. Burak Ozgur consistently looks at research data to ensure the Center offers the best and most effective brain and spine treatment options possible. Located in Irvine, ONE Brain and Spine Center provides treatment for the residents of surrounding California areas.
Research and studies for migraines and headaches can sometimes be complicated. Dwayne Godwin, Ph.D. and neuroscientist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center agrees stating that “we can’t easily give people migraines or a cluster headache, but we can easily induce brain freeze without any long-term problems.” Dr. Godwin says there is something to learn about headache mechanisms that could “extend our understanding[s] to develop better treatments for patients.”
A test of brain freezes was recently conducted by Dr. Jorge Serrador, a cardiovascular electronics researcher, and a team of investigators. Dr. Serrador and his team monitored blood flow in the brains of volunteers who were asked to drink ice-cold water at a fast rate. They found that there was an increase in blood flow in the brain’s anterior cerebral artery once the brain freeze started, and that the artery constricted once the sensation wore off. Dr. Serrador explained that what happens during a brain freeze is very similar to what happens when a person experiences a migraine or cluster headache. Changes in blood flow could be the cause of different kinds of headaches. Further studies are currently being constructed to determine if new medication can be developed to help treat headaches.
Headaches and migraines can be brutally painful. If you suffer from chronic headaches, consult with a doctor immediately. Find out more information about treatment options by calling a staff member at ONE Brain and Spine Center today!
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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