Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is something that each and every one of us has experienced, even if we have no idea how to pronounce it. Research has shown that sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia occurs more commonly in people who inhabit temperate zones during the summer months, as attempts are made to moderate the body’s internal temperature.
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is caused by a rapid temperature change at the juncture of the internal carotid artery. This artery feeds blood to the brain as well as to the anterior cerebral artery where the brain tissue begins. When this happens, your actual brain doesn’t directly feel the pain, but rather the receptors in the meninges–the outer covering of the brain–where the two arteries meet contract and dilate. This causes the sensation of pain to be referred to the forehead rather than the palate.
There are several possible treatment methods for sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia:
some doctors suggest pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth to warm the area or tilting the head back for about 10 seconds. Another method of relief is to drink a liquid that has a higher temperature than the original substance ingested. Some people report relief by breathing in through the mouth and out through the nose, thus passing warm air through the nasal passages.
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is not life threatening, and if left untreated will resolve itself in a matter of minutes.
Preventative measures include eating your ice cream more slowly.