Ice pick headaches are without doubt one of the worse kinds you can ever get. I’ve never had one personally, but those who do suffer from this describe the pain as extremely unpleasant. They also say it feels like an ice pick getting shoved into their heads, which is how this type of headache earned its title.

Though research is still being conducted, not much can be said about its causes. All we know is that it’s rare, with only 2% of the world’s population suffering from attacks. Amongst that small percentage, some folks are lucky enough to experience ice pick headaches only once in their lifetimes.

However, there are others that can actually have up to 50 attacks in one day alone. For these “unfortunate few” individuals, taking medication that’ll help reduce the frequency and intensity of the symptoms would surely come in handy.

With that said, here are 3 ice pick headache treatments that’ll help you deal with the situation better, and the first one is: melatonin. This may sound familiar to you, mainly because it’s the same used to treat insomnia and jet lag. But anyway, melatonin has been shown to be effective for tackling this particular variation of headache. You can buy this drug over the counter, but it’d be better if you consult a doctor before taking it first, as it can cause unwanted side effects.

2nd treatment for ice pick headaches is called indomethacin, which is usually the first kind of medication the doctor prescribes first. Similar to ibuprofen, this medication doesn’t work for everybody; the chances of it working well for you is somewhere around 65% only.

The dosages of this drug depend on your doctor, but expect the amounts given to increase if the initial dosage has yielded no effects. However, there are potential serious side effects that users may experience when taking indomethacin, such as heart and vision related problems. So never attempt to take this medicine without the advice of a professional, and always stick to the prescribed dosage.

3rd and last, ice pick headaches can be reduced through relaxation and exercise. Having stress buildup from within is never a good thing, and may potentially intensify the attacks you get from this specific headache. Be sure to get plenty of rest, and use proper exercise as an outlet for tension inside of you. Meditation can also help, as it allows you to unwind and clear out any stressful thoughts.