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Old 05-09-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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11 year old daughter headache issues

Hi everyone! My daughter has been suffering from migraine headaches! I have been getting little concerned as she has gotten at least 6 of them within the last month. Her symptoms are a headache and severe vomiting and dilated pupils! During one of her episodes we had a hard time waking her up! We took her to the doctor who stated that she had allergies and put her on children's medicine. Today she was fine all day and went on the swings and got extremely dizzy nauseous and got an immediate migraine. Do you think I have any cause for concern? It seems like she is getting constantly sick all the time! Thank you for any replies

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Old 05-10-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: 11 year old daughter headache issues

Sounds like typical migraine troubles! I'm sorry that she has started with them at such a young age. My youngest brother, who is 10 years old, also gets migraines. I would definitely suggest seeing a doctor specifically for migraine treatment for her. If your current doctor has no concerns, I'd look into a specialist (your insurance can always refer you to one). It doesn't sound like anything life threatening, BUT it's no way to live life with getting frequent migraines that make you sick, and it's definitely important to treat them now and get them under control.

Since they are occurring more than once a week, it might be a good idea for a doctor to put her on preventive medication to get them less often and also let them be less severe. I completely understand the vomiting part... vomiting with a migraine is the worst and it's my own goal to get mine under control too! Then she will also need some medication to take when the migraines occur to help abort them. If she vomits too often, you might want to ask about a nasal spray medication, like Zomig. I find that I throw up my pills a lot, so definitely ask about the options.

Most of all, the doctor/specialist should be able to help find ways to identify what might trigger the migraines... and hopefully reduce some of them. They will probably recommend keeping a headache diary where you make note of the date, symptoms, and severity of the migraines and other headaches. I did this and realized that chocolate was a trigger for me, so I no longer eat it at all. I also realized that I'm quite sensitive to not having enough water, bright light, being in the heat for too long, not getting enough sleep, etc. Lifestyle changes can be made as best as you can to prevent these things from happening. For those that can't be prevented, medication may help. They might also recommend getting an MRI if you still can't determine the causes, just to rule out any abnormalities. If it's been regularly ocurring, it doesn't sound like anything life theatening.

Good luck and I hope she is able to keep them under control now so they don't keep occurring!

Old 05-10-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Re: 11 year old daughter headache issues

I completely agree with the last post. I would recommend perhaps a Neurologist just to be on the safe side. They specialize in Migraines for one but they also will check for any other possible issues that may be causing it such as too much fluid in the spinal cord pressing on the optic nerves. My daughter has had them since about the same age and I can look at her and tell when she has them because her eyes will swell. Good luck finding a really good one, do your research on them as well. We have been through several but mainly because my daughter is a giant for her age and they didn't know how to treat her properly so we had to find an adult one that would accept pediatrics. Lots of luck to you and your angel sweetie.

Old 05-28-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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Re: 11 year old daughter headache issues

I have been getting migraines since my oldest was born. She is now 11. Last fall she got the visual aura and a bad migraine with vomiting. We took her to 2 ER's after 2 days. the first one said there was nothing they could do the 2nd one ran test and scans gave her some pain meds and a script for phenergan. The migrain came back after the pain meds wore off so we gave her one of the phenergan and it took the migraine away. She has had a few more auras and slight pain since then. Maybe getting and anti emetic like phenergan may help until you find a preventative that will help.

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Re: 11 year old daughter headache issues

^This is what makes me so sad - when one just can't find relief and others can't help! I am so hesitant about going to the ER for migraines because one, I find it too painful to be driven over there and can't stop vomiting long enough and two, I worry that whatever they give me won't necessary work. I've heard a lot of terrible stories about people who felt considerably worse from having to sit in a bright, noisy waiting room and were given medication through an IV that didn't even help them (my mom being one of them, and even me during a procedure that I was already at a hospital for) or the migraine came right back.

I definitely agree with doing some research, asking around, reading reviews online, etc. to find the best doctor possible. I recently started seeing a general physician that specializes in headaches and migraines. She ONLY treats people with this and not other health issues. I've been amazed at how I had a pretty long appointment that was very thorough and she really listened and was so kind. She made it clear that while I am taking medication now, she plans on helping me prevent them with lifestyle changes, physical therapy I'm getting from another doctor she works with, vitamins, and perhaps still a medication, but gentler than the other. I think it's great that some doctors really want to help you find the root cause of the headaches and migraines. My neurologist had great reviews, but he basically just wanted me to get an MRI and medication and that's it. It also takes me months to get an appointment and I already set up weekly appointments with this new doctor.

Good luck to all! I hope everyone is able to eventually find good or at least last partial relief!

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