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What causes Ice-cream headaches?

Jonathan David Byrd jb019a at uhura.cc.rochester.edu
Thu Feb 15 11:40:04 EST 1996

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

	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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