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Rapid response to:


Ice cream headache

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1364

Rapid Response:

Farting from Ice Cream

Ice cream does not induce a brain freeze in me, but it oftentimes
induces farting, stomach ache, and head ache. I think this adds to our
understanding, and extends the symptoms to include more than brain freeze.
I wonder if the brain freeze subjects also have these symptoms, but
perhaps out of embarassment are not willing to mention it. One doctor I
saw suggested I had lactose intolerance, but another said he thought I did
not. I recently underwent a Hida Scan which found that my gallbladder is
functioning at a normal level, although in the lower part of the normal
range. Perhaps this is analagous to people whose IQ range is dull normal.

Competing interests:

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 August 2004
Russell Eisenman
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Texas-Pan American, 78541