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by David
(Canton, OH)


I am 16 yrs old. and male. Ive had a head ache everyday for almost three months and i don't want to tell my parents just yet. i want to find out what i should do first. It all started around memorial day this year and is still ongoing to this day (friday July 15, 2011). Idon't know if this is normal but ive asked around and it sounds like it isnt. As i type this i am, having trouble because my head is throbbing so much. I don't know what to do

Answer



Hi,
First of all you need to tell your parents right away. Headaches are NOT normal no matter what age.

A headache that has been ongoing this long could be something serious and needs the attention of medical professionals. I know it is hard at times when you are 16 to speak up and say something ("maybe it will go away" "they will think I am dumb") but in reality the exact opposite is true.

I see teens all the time. It is important to tell the doctor when it began, what makes it better or worse and if there is any family history of headaches as migraines can be hereditary.

Finally, while I don't want to scare you, rarely teens can get something called an astroycytoma which is a slow growing tumor in the brain. This is considered a severe headache that requires neuroimaging, ie. an MRI or CT. While the chances of this are extremely slim, you still need to tell your parents about this...and show them my response. They will contact your pediatrician who will take it from there.

Best of luck..and don't suffer in silence!

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Daily Headache

by Anonymous

My headaches are really uncomfortable. I am at my wits end with them. I have tried pain meds and even changed my pillow.

The pain i have is in the back of my neck as well as in my forehead. at times which is most of the time as the headaches gets worse so does my vision. I wear glasses and just had my eyes check about 6 mos ago. Can you help me ,I cant stand this anymore.

Answer:

Hi,
It sounds as if most of your problem is coming from your neck and causing a type of tension headache that involves the neck and the whole head.

You do not mention is you have seen you doctor yet so I would advise this and talk about anti-spasmotics that you can take. You need to be on them for several weeks in order to get some relief. A short course of low dose steroid may also help.

If treatments fail, ask to have the neck imaged by CT or MRI to rule out any other serious problems.

Good luck,
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Daily Headaches

I am 16 years old and have had a headache for over a year now, all day everyday. The intensity varies daily, anywhere from a dull ache to a pain so bad I can't keep my eyes open or concentrate. The only thing that has any impact on them is the weather (it gets a little worse when it rains), but other than that nothing triggers worse pain or dulls it. The headache moves around at random, not staying in one place for too long.

I have tried every over the counter headache medication I can get my hands on and treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and physiotherapy, and I have also had blood work done for allergies which all came up negative. Not a single thing has helped.

I heard about a condition called New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH) over the internet and most of it's symptoms sound like mine but I don't know much about it. I am at a dead end right now with the 10+ different doctors I have seen in the past year. What should my next step be?

MH

Answer:

Hi,

I know it is tempting to read about headaches on the internet..especially if you are frustrated and looking for answers. NPDH is a rare headache and I have not yet seen a case in a teenager.

Having said that, a headache that worsens with weather is a barometric pressure headache which we now know is a migraine. Quite common in my area!! This tells me that some part of your headache profile is migrainous.

Although you have seen many doctors (yes at your age 10 is indeed a lot!) you do not mention if you have seen headache specialist. This is a neurologist who is board certified in headaches.

Here is a pdf document that lists headache doctors in the United States.

At this point, clearly over the counter medication is not helping at all and even may be making the problem worse by causing analgesic rebound headache. I think you need a good assessment by a specialist and the proper medication directed towards headache. Once your headaches are under control, then alternative therapies such as chiropractor and acupuncture may help keep them under control.

Talk it over with your parents.

Best of luck..
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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