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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Did You Know?

Did you Know: When was the last time you gulped down a slurpee too fast, or dug into your Ben and Jerry's too excessively causing that obnoxious, acute headache known as a 'Brain Freeze'? A 'Brain Freeze' or Spheno Palatine Ganglioneuralgia is a term for the head pain experienced after rapid ingestion of a cold substance like ice cream.

The cause of the 'Brain Freeze' is due to the cold substance contacting the roof of your mouth. The cold sensation causes constriction of the blood vessels to conserve heat. The blood vessels then massively dilate causing pain. The pain is then transmitted to the brain causing discomfort behind the eyes and the front of the head. It can also be transmitted to other area like the arm. 'Brain Freeze' relief can be accomplished by pushing your tongue to the roof of your mouth, sipping room temperature fluid, or making a mask with your hands and breathing into them. Interestingly enough migraine sufferers experience this much more frequently than non migraine sufferers.

So think twice before shoving your head under the Slurpee machine and 'wease the juice'!

1 comment:

Simon said...

I got some Brain Freeze from my free Ben & Jerry's earlier