Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
. 2001 Apr;21(3):230-5.
doi: 10.1046/j.1468-2982.2001.00211.x.

Headache Caused by Drinking Cold Water Is Common and Related to Active Migraine


Headache Caused by Drinking Cold Water Is Common and Related to Active Migraine

P Mattsson. Cephalalgia. .


The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of cold-induced headache and to test if it is associated with migraine. Women attending a population-based mammography screening programme were asked to participate in the study. Fifty-one of 669 women (7.6%) experienced a headache after ingesting 150 ml of ice-cold water through a straw. Women who had experienced one or more migraine attacks in the last year (active migraine) were twice as likely to experience a headache from ingesting the cold water as women who had never suffered from migraine. Ninety-five women who had experienced their most recent migraine attack more than 1 year ago (inactive migraine) were not at increased risk. The prevalence of active and inactive migraine was 19.4 and 14.2%, respectively. Headache caused by drinking cold water is common in women. The results indicate that active migraine facilitates the perception of forehead pain induced by a cold palatal stimulus.

Comment in

  • Cold-stimulus headache.
    Jankelowitz SK, Zagami AS. Jankelowitz SK, et al. Cephalalgia. 2001 Dec;21(10):1002. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-2982.2001.00301.x. Cephalalgia. 2001. PMID: 11843876 No abstract available.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 5 articles

Publication types