Certain stimuli may cause brief headaches. They include:
- “Ice-Cream Headache” (“brain freeze”), when enough cold hits the roof of the mouth fast enough.
- “Cough Headache” occurs after coughing.
- “Sexual Intercourse Headache” occurs during or right after sex; it can be emotionally traumatic.
- “Chinese Restaurant Headache” from eating products with monosodium glutamate.
- “Hot-Dog Headache” from foods with nitrites.
These headaches should only be diagnosed after numerous occurrences have set a pattern, not with the first episode. There are many other uncommon types of headache that may respond to one treatment or another; neurologists who are headache specialists can help sort these out. Because of the intense straining, a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage from a brain aneurysm leak can also occur during sex.