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Fever Headache

by Mary
(Kansas, USA)

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Here is our headache story:

My daughter had a fever and then a severe headache 2.5 years ago that left her on the couch for nearly 3 weeks and precipitated a month of loosing nearly half her hair! We almost took her to the doctors to "ask the expert" but found homeopathic remedies that helped enough that we didn't go to a doctor for about two months.

She was beginning to look like a Chemo victim at one point. We found several Homeopathic remedies that worked. Graphites stopped the hair falling out. How do we know? No more brushes full of hair. Syphylinum restored her hair growth. How do we know? She had oodles of little hairs standing up on end all over her head within the month.

When we did go to the doctor he pointed out that she might be allergic to Citric Acid, MSG and such and he copied a page out of a Natural Remedies book that described that this might be the main cause of her headaches. The website "Truth in labeling" was a giant help with the sneaky ways of "hiding" MSG, etc. She has avoided the chemicals that she learned to identify from the Truth in Labeling site, yet on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being flat out on the couch she is grateful to hardly ever go above a 2. She is usually at a 1 and looking for a way to get rid of that last 1 !!!

We would be happy for any suggestions.


Mary

Answer:

Hi Mary,

You do not say if there is a family history of headaches or migraines. Often a "stressor" to the body such as an infection or even a surgical procedure can kick off headaches.

Hair loss after severe illness is more common than you think. Although alternative therapies probably did help, as the body recovers the hair usually starts growing back within a few months.

As far a her headaches are concerned, she may be having a form of post-viral syndrome which is a daily headache. Please be aware that headaches in children can be serious. A severe fever with headache (in my world of neurology!) is deemed meningitis until proven otherwise.

Unfortunately, if this has been going on for years at this point I would recommend she see a neurologist. A pediatric neurologist is best and preferably one who is good at headache. She may have to be on daily medication for a few months to get these under control. The longer the headache pain goes on, the more difficult it is to control it.

Most children respond well to lifestyle changes and do especially well on vitamins for headache.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

Comments:

Thanks for the good advice! We will look into the the ideas you have given. This is a great site and has given us a lot of good ideas. There has been no family history of headaches and there are hardly any times when her headaches go beyond a 1 and never beyond a 2 (out of 10).

We all say thank you.

Answer:

You are more than welcome..good luck!
Mary Kay

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Fever and Headaches

by Maureen
(Chicago, Il USA)

My daughter is 3 and 1/2 years old. She has been experiencing headaches along with a fever for the past three days now. Everyone is telling me to just let it run it's course but the headaches concern me. She has no other symptoms. When I go to the doctors they always say it's just a virus. My older sister had an aneurysm years ago and migraines run in my family. I wanted to know if I need to have my daughter get a ct scan or an MRI?? Do I push this with my doctor?? Any information you can give to me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
Maureen P. Sheedy

Answer:

Hi Maureen

I am glad you took your daughter to the doctor and although she may have a virus the headaches are concerning in a 3 year old.

I would advise take your child to the emergency room. A fever and headache in a 3 year old could be very serious. Meningitis (whether viral or bacterial) must be ruled out.

Migraines do not have fevers and I doubt she has an aneurysm at her age. The youngest I have ever seen an aneurysm was a 19 year old with several (almost all) family members having the same.

Do not be surprised if the emergency room wants to start antibiotics or other meds..sometimes in children they start the meds before they do anything else and then work on the diagnosis.

Good luck..
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

UPDATE: I ran this case by our pediatric neurologist, Dr. McVige. She agreed with my assessment that this child should be seen in the ER immediately. So for future reference to readers, any child under the age of 12 with fever and headache needs a full assessment.

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16 Yr old Male Atlete having a headache for 4 days....

by Stephanie
(Beaumont, TX)

My 16 yr old son has been complaining about his head hurting for the last 4 days. He has been taking Aleve but the pain has not gone away. The is actually getting worse. He has had a low grade temp (100.8) and he says that he can feel the headaches while sleeping. Please advise.

Answer:

Hi Stephanie,

Since today is Sunday..in the presence of a fever I would advise that you call his pediatrian in the morning. If the headache still worsens today, take him to the emergency room to get checked out. Causes of rare emergency headaches may need to be ruled out.

Good luck..

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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