What is a brain freeze really?

What is a brain freeze really?

what really happens to you when we are having what we call a brain freeze? whats actually happening and is it really your brain thats feeling that pain or what. ive always wondered

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is the freezing of the blood vessels in the top of your palate. To stop the pain, press your tounge against the back of the roof of your mouth (at the top of your throat, where it is soft). It will stop instantly because you are warming those blood vessels.

  • 1 decade ago

    When the roof of your mouth gets really cold, your body starts to allocate the blood in that area of your head differently. This blood movement can produce a sort of instantaneous headache. There is also a nerve that runs from the area between your gums and upper lip to your fronal cortex. When one end of the nerve feels cold, so does the other. However, your brain sees cold as more of an emergency than your mouth (for obvious reasons) so you feel pain - brain freeze.

    As a matter of interest, the fastest way to remedy brain freeze is to press your tongue up against the roof of your mouth as hard as you can. This warms it up quite quickly, causing the pain to subside.

  • 1 decade ago

    When you eat something really cold the part of your brain that tell hot from cold get over can get over stimulated and confused. That's when you get a brain freeze as your brain tries to sort out what sensation you are feeling.

  • 1 decade ago

    Brain freeze, ice cream headache, freezie Frozen Brain Syndrome or it's given scientific name Spheno Palatine Gangleoneuralgia are terms used to describe a form of cranial pain or headache which people are known to sometimes experience after consuming cold beverages or foods such as ice cream or slurpees, often as a result of rapid consumption.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Brain freeze

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    Brain freeze, ice cream headache, freezie Frozen Brain Syndrome or it's given scientific name Spheno Palatine Gangleoneuralgia are terms used to describe a form of cranial pain or headache which people are known to sometimes experience after consuming cold beverages or foods such as ice cream or slurpees, often as a result of rapid consumption.

    Mechanism/cause

    The reaction can be sometimes triggered within a few seconds after a very cold substance consumed comes into contact with the roof of the mouth. The body's response to cold environments is to vasoconstrict the peripheral vasculature (to reduce the diameter of blood vessels). This vasoconstriction is in place to reduce blood flow to the area, and thus minimize heat loss to keep warmth at the body's core. After vasoconstriction, the return to normal status and artery size results in massive dilation (vasodilation) of the arteries that supply the palate (descending palatine arteries). The nerves in the region of the palate (greater and lesser palatine nerves) sense this pain and transmit the sensation of this pain back to the trigeminal ganglia. This results in pain that is referred to the forehead and below the orbit, other regions from which the trigeminal nerve receives sensation (This phenomena is partially similar to the referred pain that is present in the left arm when someone is having a myocardial infarction). A similar effect occurs when one takes a prescription vasodilator, such as Nitroglycerin or Viagra. It is a stabbing or aching type of pain that usually recedes after 10–20 seconds after its onset, but sometimes 30–60 seconds, and can persist for up to five minutes in rare cases. The pain is usually located in the midfrontal area, but can be unilateral in the temporal, frontal, or retro-orbital region.

    It has been reported that the pain can be relieved by moving the tongue to the roof of the mouth[1], which will cause greater warmth in the region; it is also believed that the pain can be relieved by slowly sipping room temperature water. Laying the head to the side may also provide relief. A report was submitted to the British Medical Journal on brain freeze; it focused on the effect of speed of consumption of ice cream on causing brain freeze. Commonly referred to as "ice cream headaches," it has been studied as an example of referred pain,[2] an unpleasant sensation localised to an area separate from the site of the painful stimulation.

    It has been estimated that 30% of the population experiences brain freeze.[3] Some studies suggest that brainfreeze is more common in people who experience migraines. Raskin and Knittle found this to be the case, with brainfreeze occurring in 93% of migraine sufferers and in only 31% of controls. However, other studies found that it is more common in people without migraines. These inconsistencies may be due to differences in subject selection–the subjects of the first study were drawn from a hospital population, whereas the controls in the second were student volunteers, making the tests inconclusive.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Brain freeze, ice cream headache, freezie Frozen Brain Syndrome or it's given scientific name Spheno Palatine Gangleoneuralgia are terms used to describe a form of cranial pain or headache which people are known to sometimes experience after consuming cold beverages or foods such as ice cream or slurpees, often as a result of rapid consumption.

    Mechanism/cause

    The reaction can be sometimes triggered within a few seconds after a very cold substance consumed comes into contact with the roof of the mouth. The body's response to cold environments is to vasoconstrict the peripheral vasculature (to reduce the diameter of blood vessels). This vasoconstriction is in place to reduce blood flow to the area, and thus minimize heat loss to keep warmth at the body's core. After vasoconstriction, the return to normal status and artery size results in massive dilation (vasodilation) of the arteries that supply the palate (descending palatine arteries). The nerves in the region of the palate (greater and lesser palatine nerves) sense this pain and transmit the sensation of this pain back to the trigeminal ganglia. This results in pain that is referred to the forehead and below the orbit, other regions from which the trigeminal nerve receives sensation (This phenomena is partially similar to the referred pain that is present in the left arm when someone is having a myocardial infarction). A similar effect occurs when one takes a prescription vasodilator, such as Nitroglycerin or Viagra. It is a stabbing or aching type of pain that usually recedes after 10–20 seconds after its onset, but sometimes 30–60 seconds, and can persist for up to five minutes in rare cases. The pain is usually located in the midfrontal area, but can be unilateral in the temporal, frontal, or retro-orbital region.

    It has been reported that the pain can be relieved by moving the tongue to the roof of the mouth[1], which will cause greater warmth in the region; it is also believed that the pain can be relieved by slowly sipping room temperature water. Laying the head to the side may also provide relief. A report was submitted to the British Medical Journal on brain freeze; it focused on the effect of speed of consumption of ice cream on causing brain freeze. Commonly referred to as "ice cream headaches," it has been studied as an example of referred pain,[2] an unpleasant sensation localised to an area separate from the site of the painful stimulation.

    It has been estimated that 30% of the population experiences brain freeze.[3] Some studies suggest that brainfreeze is more common in people who experience migraines. Raskin and Knittle found this to be the case, with brainfreeze occurring in 93% of migraine sufferers and in only 31% of controls. However, other studies found that it is more common in people without migraines. These inconsistencies may be due to differences in subject selection–the subjects of the first study were drawn from a hospital population, whereas the controls in the second were student volunteers, making the tests inconclusive.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, your brain freezes up and you cannot take in any more info, and have what we call brain overload. To help some much needed rest, and delete the info you do not need or write some of it in a notebook.

  • Lorie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Teeth freeze.

  • 1 decade ago

    At the tops of your moth there is a nerve pocket and when it is exisiveley cooled it sends out pains too you so you stop and wait for it to regain normal tempature just a warning really.

    Source(s): when i was in 4th grade science lol
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Your body goes into protective mode. Your body thinks that your body is going to be freezing therefor the cells protect themselves causing you the pain you feel.

    Best way I can explain it....

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