What causes Ice-cream headaches?

cogito at premier.net cogito at premier.net
Sun Feb 18 22:26:39 EST 1996


On 16 Feb 1996 15:56:21 GMT, cweaver at bu.edu (Charles Weaver) wrote:

>It is not! the phrenic nerve (this is the nerve that goes to the diapharam)
>unless you are getting hichoughs from eating icecream.  I always assumed it
>was a vascular thing.....the cold in the esophagus cools blood in the carotid
>artery and then the coold somehow causes spasm in the arterys in the brain
>leading to meningeal irritation.......sound good......this is of course
>totally speculative.....
>
>
>Anyone else have a thought???

Why not a slightly chilled hypothalamus?  This would be my guess.

Jeff


>Jonathan David Byrd (jb019a at uhura.cc.rochester.edu) wrote:
>: In <4fu8c8$om at atlas.uniserve.com> ggowland at uniserve.com (ggowland) writes:
>
>
>: >It's science project time for my 11 year old daughter's grade 5 class. We 
>: >are trying to put together some information about what the causes the 
>: >pain when you eat something cold too fast. Also we can't seem to find an 
>: >answer as to what this condition is called by the medical community. Any 
>: >and all info would be greatly appreciated.
>
>: >Yours truly
>: >G.Gowland
>
>: 	For the life of me I can't remember, but one of the spinal nerves
>: that passes exceptionally close to the esophagus is the culprit because it
>: gets physically cold, kind of like frost-bite.  It might be the phrenic
>: nerve, but I am not sure.
>
>: Take care,
>: Jonathan D. Byrd
>: Dept of Neuroscience 
>: U of Rochester
>
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