Idiopathic stabbing headache

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By Mario F P Peres MD

Idiopathic stabbing headache is also known as or subsumes Icepick-like pains, Jabs and jolts syndrome, and Ophthalmodynia periodica. -ed.

In this clinical article, Dr. Mario Peres overviews the clinical symptoms, classification, etiology, and treatment of idiopathic stabbing headaches. Indomethacin is the main therapeutic option for this type of headache, but melatonin has been shown to be effective in some cases. Idiopathic stabbing headache can be a primary headache, but it is usually associated with another primary headache disorder.