What is a primary stabbing headache? 

Also known as: ice pick headache, jabs and jolts headache, needle-in-the-eye syndrome, ophthalmoplegia periodica, sharp short-lived head pain

A primary stabbing headache is an intense, sharp headache that often lasts only a few seconds. It gets its name due to the stabbing sensation that occurs with the headache.


Reviewed by: Suzanne Esther Hagler, MD

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