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In May 2014 on May 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

Kirsti brain freeze Ed Peterson

Kirsti: Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

You’ll have to continue reading this post because you want to know what those big words meant, don’t you?

I don’t remember the last time I had one of these, but my partner gets them quite regularly. The anticipation of dessert for him is often tinged with the knowledge that pain might follow. He’s one of about a third of the population that get it too, so sometimes feels a bit ripped off.

It happened just last week actually.

The ice cream looked creamy and delicious. It was the perfect post kid bedtime treat, and I wolfed mine down and licked the spoon. He…..well, he crumpled to the floor!

The kitchen drama commenced with the second spoonful of ice cream; blood vessels in the roof of his mouth were triggered to dilate in an attempt to warm his mouth back up; prostaglandins (small molecules that alert your body to possible damage) shot pain levels up and, cruelly, increased his sensitivity to the very pain itself! The referred pain from his palate via his trigeminal nerve was enough to cripple him for about 30 seconds. He held onto his temples, contorted his face into an unrecognisable squint……

Then it was over.

While I happily washed my bowl and had a small giggle, he took some deep breaths and finished his ice cream. S L O W L Y.

Brain freeze. It’s a bitch!

[image thanks to tofuguns on Flickr]

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  1. […] Since beholding the great sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia I posted on a few weeks back, I’ve acquired a bit of a morbid interest in the technical or medical names of common […]

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