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13 year old daughter having headache for 10 days

by Jessica
(Newport News, Virginia, United States)

My daughter is 13 years old and complaining of on again off again headaches that last daily for 10 days straight now. We took her to the doctors and they also found a sebaceous cyst (at least they THINK that is what it is) behind her left ear and that is the same side her headache is on.

She says the pain ranges from a 3 to a 9 and it is a constant daily thing. They put her on propranolol 20mg for migraines and there is yet no relief. She has to take the Naproxen or she is in severe pain. No CT done of the head or MRI. They just blew it off like it was nothing. I am not trying to overreact but I am considering consulting a neurologist to be on the safe side. She is complaining of pressure on the back side of her head as well.

Jessica

Answer:

Hi Jessica,

The first thing I always tell Moms is 'trust your gut'. A new onset of headaches is not normal, however it is more common than you think in teens. Many times adolescents are under increased stress at school and they don't always tell parents what is going on.



At age 13 hormones also start playing a role and if she is beginning to fluctuate in that area, this could also cause status migrainosus. Assuming no other major medical conditions, there is no reason as to why she could not have a Medrol dose pak to break this headache. This is very low dose steroid for 5 days and is a great treatment for a bad migraine.

If she is healthy, she should also have been given a triptan such as Imitrex or Maxalt. Maxalt comes in a melt wafer and we usually give that to teens. Naprosyn alone for a migraine, in my opinion, is not sufficient.

Teens also respond well to lifestyle changes and especially to migraine vitamins. Vitamin B2, feverfew and magnesium have been proven to work in migraine and I have seen this alone work much better than propranolol. This comes in a combo formula called Migralief and is available online.

It is important to do everything at once, lifestyle, medication, and vitamins to get this under control. If you think she needs a neurologist, by all means make an appointment as they can discuss the need for an MRI. The sebaceous cyst, by the way, is not related to the migraine. Here is a list of headache specialists by state. I would recommend you start with one of them.

Good luck!

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Young child with headache

by Ammar Ali Yasin
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

My daughter who is 32 months old has now twice in the past week woken up from her sleep with a soft cry complaining of pain and touching her forehead which doesn't last long long (couple of minutes) then falls asleep again.

Around a week ago (3 days before the first episode) she was jumping on the bed and feel and hit her nose so I'm guessing it's related. So far it's happened twice, only at night, only in her sleep ( so I'm guessing it might have something to do with her being laying down?)

Ammar


Answer:

Hello Ammar:

First of all, a new onset of headache after a head injury is a concern, no matter how old the person may be. It is especially concerning in a young child has headaches generally do not occur in children under the age of 10.

Rarely this could be an emergency headache, and in a child this young with it happening in the middle of the night, nocturnal seizures have to be ruled out.

Please call your doctor, or better yet, take her to the emergency room to be checked out. This is not something that can wait.

Good luck..
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Headache In Children

by Sally S.
(Chattanooga Tennessee)

my 12 year old son has headache everyday...he has had blood test for lupas and varios others with all normal return, including eyes check.... any suggestions.....they are so bad that you can look at him and tell he has one...

Answer

Hi Sally,

Children with headaches need to be taken seriously and should see a neurologist. A good pediatric neurologist should be able to treat this, but many adult neurologists are seeing children your son's age if no one else is available to treat them.

Over the counter medications will only help for a short time and in the long run will make his headache worse by causing analgesic rebound headaches.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Migraines in Children

by Tracey McManus
(Saskatoon, Canada)

Hello:

My son, who is now 15 years old, has had migraines since a very early age. I recall him vomiting for no known reason as a baby and as he grew his headaches would wake him from his sleep at night and he would vomit. Funny thing is I always awoke just before he would vomit and go to his room. Always afraid that he would choke and something inside would wake me just before he would.

He has seen the doctor recently and he wanted to put him on noritriplyne. I was reading the info about it and though No! The doctors have always told me that it is normal for children to have migraines. He also get migraines from stress and when he plays sports. In fact, we give him advil before a hockey tournament to ward off the migraine. He gets about 5 or more a month now.

He had an undiagnosed strep infection when he was 6 years old. Had blood work done that had shown anitbodies for a strep infection. Had a CT of the Brain. EEG and Echo. As far as I know his CT was fine and so was his echo.

He has had a past history of Sydenham's Chorea.As a result, he has tics that wax and wane. When he was first diagnosed he would shake and have spastic movements and could not hold his bladder when he would move. He could hardly hold a spoon in his hand to feed himself. He was so tired too. He couldn't even walk around the block without feeling exhausted. Myoclonic seziures - I guess. And he also had the dance associated with Sydenham's or St. Vitus Dance. His symptoms did improve but as I said he does have tics - which he can control. In fact no one can tell except for us.



We did see neurologists and a rhuematologist on the past. I just wonder why he hasn't outgrown these headaches and how do I know for sure it isn't some type of vein/vascular disorder? They are so reluctant to order any tests here in Canada because it costs money. It just seems to me that maybe someone should take a look inside and make sure it's not something else. As I said he has had this all of his life. He also gets sick to his stomach at times and has to vomit and there is no headache present.

Tracey

Answer

Hi Tracey,

Clearly your son is a complex case given his other medical issues. Boys do have a better chance of growing out of their migraines by age 19 or so when compared to girls.

Although nortriptyline would be a good choice if he has migraine and cannot sleep, generally I see the teenagers do better on alternative therapies. Most of the time their migraines come under better control with regular sleep (go to bed and get up same time every day) and vitamins. Oh and by the way...nortriptyline also helps settle the brainstem down which is not only the area of the brain where migraines initiate, but also vomiting.

We recommend Migralief which is a combo formula of B2, feverfew and magnesium. 3 capsules a day usually with breakfast and he has to stay on it for three months to get the best results. Occasionally magnesium can cause diarrhea so if that happens he can't take it.

He also needs better medication than Advil to take at the onset of the headache. There really is no reason why he couldn't have a triptan such as Imitrex (sumatriptan) at the onset of a migraine. Ask the neurologist about this.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C


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12 years old having migraines

by Lisa
(Ludowici , GA)

My 12 year old daughter has a migraine every day before she goes to school and still has it but even worse when she gets home. She had one so bad one day so when she got home we were watching a stv ahow and she passed out on the couch and slept from 5:00 all the way until the next morning at 5:30 so she could get up for school.Should I send her to school when she has these migraines ??

Lisa

Answer:

Hi Lisa,

The real question here is why is she having such severe headaches on a daily basis? When I hear something like this usually there is some stressor at school that she is having a difficult time dealing with it. This is especially true if there are no headaches on the weekends.(Although some get one Sunday night in anticipation of school.) Whether it is the work load, a teacher or even a bully, you need to find out what it is so you can teach her how to manage it. Growing up is so much fun...most times.

If she is unable to manage the stressor (ie a teacher ) then you may have to step in. Taking her out of school and home schooling is an option until they are under control, but your pediatrician will have to do this for you.

Next step is to talk to the pediatrician about this as headaches in a child this age are not normal..you may want to consider taking her to a pediatric neurologist for treatment.

Good luck,

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Children Headaches

by Elaine
(Rochester, NH, USA)

Child Migraine

Child Migraine

My daughter is 11 and is in puberty although not started her period yet. She has also had a history of migraines since she was five. Hers are quite severe at times causing her to cry from the pain. Her father, one brother, and I suffer from migraines. In addition, she has allergies and asthma.

I'm concerned for a couple of reasons...she has gotten more physical, something that became a concern over the late winter. She has had a couple of headaches, one in the past month, where the headache lasted two days despite using ibuprofen and rest. She had a bad headache yesterday, better without meds, but better with several hours of sleep, and got very nasty last night and today...it's scary to see. Headaches have tended to the left side lately.

Could a brain tumor present this way?

Or is it possible it's migraines aggravated by hormones and just plain hormones in addition?

Thanks!

Elaine

Answer:

Hi Elaine,

Anytime a person, child or adult, is having a change in a headache profile, this requires neuroimaging. I would recommend an MRI of the brain, not just a CT as an MRI is more specific. Although brain tumors and brain tumor headaches are rare, and it most probably is hormonal, it is better to be safe than sorry.

If your daughter has not seen a neurologist yet for the migraines I would recommend that too.

We do see children as young as yours at our clinic, and we recommend B2, feverfew and magnesium. You can read more about holistic treatments here.

Regular routine works great in kids too. They really respond to regular sleep and eating three meals a day. This calms the brain and prevents hypoglycemia which triggers a migraine.

If the neurologist thinks it is appropriate for your daughter, triptans can be given. We use Maxalt MLT for the kids since it is a melt wafer and they like it more than swallowing pills. This has to be guided by a headache specialist as most pediatricians don't want to do this and keep recommending tylenol for migraine.

There are headache centers in New England and several headache specialists in Boston, so you might consider seeing a specialist for the whole family if you haven't yet..

Good luck!

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Daughter with headaches

by Teri
(Denver)

My 10 yr old daughter has been complaining of constant headaches through out the day for the last 2-3 weeks. She is taking Clariton for allergies but am concerned about the constant need for pain relief for the headaches. Do you have any ideas?

Teri

Answer

Hi Teri,

It is a little difficult to say what is going on, but I will tell you that headaches in children are abnormal and should not be ignored.

Here is more information about child and adolescent headache.

I would advise that you call the pediatrician and have her examined. If they brush you off, ask to see a pediatric neurologist.

Good luck...
Mary Kay Betz, MS RPA-C

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my 3year old worry some headache

by beenish
(rawalpindi Pakistan)

My son is 3 years old had three different episodes of headache lasting for about a second he cries when headache starts and stop crying when it stops he points at his right side of occipital region of head. I am really worried i went to doctor he said nothing iam really concerned and don't know why these headaches are there "UPSET MOM"
NO TESTS AND TREATMENT DONE YET

Bennish

Answer

Hello Bennish,

I always tell Mothers.."Trust yourself". You are right to be concerned. A headache in a 3 year old is totally abnormal.

I know the Rawalpindi is a fair sized city so hopefully you can find a neurologist. Unfortunately you will have to find one that will see a 3 year old child.

Although it may indeed just be nothing, it is best to get it looked at. Children that age do not know enough yet as to why they are crying. They just know something hurts.

Good luck
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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