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Hi,
My thirteen year old son has been having head aches for i think the last five years..I have told my famiy doc but says they are just headaches nothing more..I thought that maybe they could be migraines since i have had migraines..A couple of weeks ago he woke up at night in so much pain that he could not move the pain was in the back of his head..He was almost in tears..I told him to come down stairs with me and we will get some tylenol for the pain he couldn't move then when he finally sat up he couldn't lay down on his bed because the pain was so bad..My son is 6 foot 2 inches tall and 172 pounds a big boy, it takes alot to make him cry.. Could this be migraines or could this be something else??Wondering if i should be taking him to a neurologist or am i just overeacting??
Hi daystar91,I have a 7 year old son who has had bad headaches since he was probley 4 years old i took him to the doctor but he said just to give him Tylenol,but just recently has he started getting then so bad it would make him sick,I have a friend the=at ssys he is to young to be haveing headaches that bad and that i should take him to the doctor,but havent yet,so if you have any info Please let me know. :wave:
[QUOTE=mom-of-2]Hi daystar91,I have a 7 year old son who has had bad headaches since he was probley 4 years old i took him to the doctor but he said just to give him Tylenol,but just recently has he started getting then so bad it would make him sick,I have a friend the=at ssys he is to young to be haveing headaches that bad and that i should take him to the doctor,but havent yet,so if you have any info Please let me know. :wave:


My son has always has had headaches even as a small child. The older he got the worse these headaches were getting now at age 13 going to be 14 in Dec. they have gotten to the point where he is in tears.This is a boy that don't cry over spilt milk, he's 6"1 and acts as if he is to old to cry. I've taken him to his peditrictrian over his headaches and he look over this matter. I finally took him to my doctor. He said that what concerns him is that his headaches are in the back of his head and that he is in pain when he moves. So he told me to make an appointment with a neurologist, which i have but i can't get him in until the first week of Dec.
The reason why i am so concern about this is because i have a cousin at the age of fourteen he ended up having a brain tumour. He didn't know it until he had headaches for a while. He's okay today and living a full life but he had alot of recovery to get there. Maybe i'm over reacting but i'd rather be safe than sorry.
Mom-of-2 the only adive i can give you right now is maybe you should get a second opinion or make a appointment with the neurologist in your area.I don't think it's normal to have headaches so bad to make you sick especially a child. I would definetly look into why he is having these headaches..Please let me know what you find out and how he's doing..Good Luck..
Well (i'm fifteen years old not too much older than your son) and I use to have headaches everyday a few years back. It was to the point I was taking about 2 advil/tylenol(whichever) a day. When we went to the doc's once he said it was just migranes. It wasnt much help. But my dad told me when he was a kid he use to have them and then when he got into his teen years they sorta stopped coming on a regular basis. Well mine did too I probably get one a week instead of five lol.

I don't think my post was much help just thought i'd share my experience.
Hi! My 8 yr old has had migraines usually with projectile vomiting since he was 4. Just listened to the pediatrician for 3 years and gave up when he woke up twice with this, we couldn't control at home, and he said he would gladly get a shot at the hospital. So we went to the ER. They did give him shots of demerol and morphine. Two hours later he woke up vomiting and screaming/crying with his head still hurting. So I made the appt myself with the neuro. He also said that it was just migraines and that a brain MRI was not needed. Still not satisfied and when he was scheduled for a GI procedure - got the brain MRI when he was already sedated. Luckily it was clear.
But wanted to let you as well as others reading that there is a disorder where your cerebral tonsils (at the base of your skull) which if they get enlarged swell into the spinal canal causing the vomiting migraines. This does require surgery.
As for my son, we make sure he always gets lots of sleep and he has now learned that at the onset of a headache to get medicine right then (it helps the intensity). We have tried several migraine drugs and none work better than Tylenol at the onset.
So, my advice is if you are uncomfortable with your child's pain - no child should cry from a headache (especially if they are fairly pain-tolerant). Get the neuro appt and insist on the brain MRI.
Hope this helps someone.
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Hi! My 8 yr old has had migraines usually with projectile vomiting since he was 4. Just listened to the pediatrician for 3 years and gave up when he woke up twice with this, we couldn't control at home, and he said he would gladly get a shot at the hospital. So we went to the ER. They did give him shots of demerol and morphine. Two hours later he woke up vomiting and screaming/crying with his head still hurting. So I made the appt myself with the neuro. He also said that it was just migraines and that a brain MRI was not needed. Still not satisfied and when he was scheduled for a GI procedure - got the brain MRI when he was already sedated. Luckily it was clear.
But wanted to let you as well as others reading that there is a disorder where your cerebral tonsils (at the base of your skull) which if they get enlarged swell into the spinal canal causing the vomiting migraines. This does require surgery.
As for my son, we make sure he always gets lots of sleep and he has now learned that at the onset of a headache to get medicine right then (it helps the intensity). We have tried several migraine drugs and none work better than Tylenol at the onset.
So, my advice is if you are uncomfortable with your child's pain - no child should cry from a headache (especially if they are fairly pain-tolerant). Get the neuro appt and insist on the brain MRI.
Hope this helps someone.


I just have a question when your son has migraines you give him just plain Tylenol and it works for him??I''ve been giving my son motrin to advil.From now until my appointment if he comes across these headaches again i want to be able to give him something that could help him..Thanks
My son had internal bleeding at 2.5yr old (long story about not using a ped. specialist), so he is not allowed to take any NSAID which includes all ibuprofen. But yes, if I can get the Tylenol in at the first sign of a migraine - it does work. I give him that and put him to bed with the lights off and a cool washcloth for his head. About half the time, this can halt the entire headache - especially if I can get him to sleep for an hour or two. If it's a more intense one - this sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, but if I can get him to sleep - it helps. If he's waited to late to tell me or it's just gonna be a huge one - not much can halt it or even lessen it until he vomits. Once the vomiting stops, I can get Tylenol down and then stay with him switching out cold washcloths in his dark bedroom until he goes to sleep - these he usually sleeps for 9-13 hours afterwards. If he can't get to sleep or re-awakes with the crying/screaming - I do everything I can to help (which makes you feel helpless cause nothing helps really). Now that he understands about the shot at the ER, he tells me if he needs to go in for it - which means it has to be REAL BAD.
He can tell you if it's going to be a bad one or not upfront. But sometimes he hates to stop what he's doing to come get medicine or he just doesn't realize it (like when watching a movie) until he starts moving again.
Migraines are hereditary - my mom and I both have them although neither of us vomit with them. Ours last days where his doesn't - Thank God! I am the only one that has auras at the onset or before (at this time).
Like I said before, I would call EVERY day to see if there were any cancellations. And if he has a REAL BAD one - take him to the ER. They will get him evaluated pronto.
Wishing you all the best!
Ty's Mom (hrtofluv)
Oh yeah - forgot to tell you that his teacher at school (every year we ensure this happens with his IEP) knows that if he says his head hurts - they send him to the school nurse pronto for Tylenol. He tells her what type of headache he thinks he's got. Sometimes he lies down for 15-30 minutes and goes back to class (she turns her light off too). Sometimes he tells her it's gonna be a bad one and she'll give him the Tylenol, lie him down, and call me to come get him. The school has been wonderful about the whole thing - very accomodating to his special needs.
That is something to consider having for your son is an IEP (Individual Education Plan) in place at school for such medical problems. It outlines what should take place during a medical problem - such as a migraine. We had one in place originally because of his peanut allergy and asthma. Not it also includes his migraine regime.
Let me know if I can help out with any other advice or anything.