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If anyone can diagnose whats wrong with dd, i will love you forever

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TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:36:52

Cos she is driving me nuts.

She is 13, and for the past few weeks on and off she has suffered with nausea. This has ranged from a slight sicky feeling to, sitting infront of the loo convinced she is going to vomit. She hasn't actually been sick.

Then on Saturday she developed a headache. It started at the back of her head, and was apparently the worst she'd ever had. Her head also hurt to touch in the same place. Painkillers did nothing.

She has also been off her food, irritable and complained of dizziness a couple of times, and had trouble sleeping.

The headache the moved to the front of her head, and still very painful.

I took her to the gp on Tuesday, and he gave her a very thorough examination but couldnt find anything wrong. He advised an eye test (which i'd already booked for the same day), and to alternate paracetamol and ibuprofen every 2 hours. He wants to see her again on Friday.

Eye test revealed a slight short sightedness and so she is getting glasses, but the optician advised to see gp again if headache doesn't go.

She's been taking the painkillers as advised, but the headache still isn't going. It does ease a bit, but keeps coming back, and she is still getting the nausea on and off too.

Any ideas ??

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 30-Jan-13 20:39:57

Hormones? Has she started her periods?

AnyaKnowIt Wed 30-Jan-13 20:42:50

Mirgranes? Could be triggered by hormones, any sign of her periods.

Could also be shortsightedness. My headaches (no where near as bad as your dd's) have gone since I've got my glasses.

CitrusyOne Wed 30-Jan-13 20:44:06

Headache and nausea sounds to me like migraine? Not everyone gets eye disturbances or other more well known symptoms. Mine are like this with the worst headache I can describe and debilitating nausea.

CitrusyOne Wed 30-Jan-13 20:45:04

Oh, and painkillers never work on my migraines. I have medication called 'sumitriptan'.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:45:51


She started her periods when she was 10, so a while ago now.

Could be migraines. Ds (10) suffers with them, but totally different symptoms to dd.

She's jjust not herself though either, and the irritableness, going off food and nausea all started before the headaches.

The doc was a bit stumped I think.

lizzie712 Wed 30-Jan-13 20:48:45

Stress? Is something on her mind? Exams, boys, family issues? If she is off her food and not eating that could cause dizziness and headaches, is she worried about her weight?

permaquandry Wed 30-Jan-13 20:49:16

Agree with the migraine diagnosis, tho there has been a virus in my area since Xmas that has a variation of the symptoms you describe.

Myself and a friend had sinusitis recently, I had the pains, she had the blockage but we both were nauseous or vomiting too.

I would see how she is over next few days and go back to Gp.

Migraines can last a week and often with nausea.

Hope she's better soon.

iheartmycat Wed 30-Jan-13 20:50:59

May sound daft, but food intolerance? I suddenly developed an intolerance to onions which actually hospitalised me twice because of dizziness before I was diagnosed.

CitrusyOne Wed 30-Jan-13 20:52:28

I started with migraines when I was 14 and had traditional flickering lights etc, but in my 30s they were totally different. I saw a great dr who gave me a whole list of symptoms I had never linked with my migraines. Things like going really pale, grey almost, getting the sniffles, being really cold, being drowsy, off food. At their worst mine can last for a good week and I'd be bed bound for a few days at least. There are all kinds of triggers too- not all are food related. Stress is a biggy. I hope you get this sorted for her soon- I can remember how nasty mine were. Touch wood I've not had one since before I was pregnant and my Dd is almost 4 months old!

Goober Wed 30-Jan-13 20:54:57

I would also suggest migraine.
Did you say ibuprofen is taken every 4 hours? As it should be every 6. Ibuprofen can cause stomach upset.

CitrusyOne Wed 30-Jan-13 20:57:16

Try pink migraleve as they take away the nausea. The yellow ones are just co-codamol which you can buy much cheaper anyway, but the pink are good.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:58:17

Umm yeh she is taking paracetamol, then ibuprofren after 2 hours then paracetamol again then ibuprofen. Thats what the gp said to do.

Shes just gone up to bed, visibly upset, with a migraine strip on her head, and more painkillers sad

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 20:59:12

As far as I know, she isn't worried or stressed.

She does occasionally go off food anyway, but she's never seemed worried about her weight at all.

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 30-Jan-13 20:59:21

Sinusitis / Labyrinthitis?

PureQuintessence Wed 30-Jan-13 21:02:51


I had insane headaches, turned out I needed a root-canal. I had no tooth ache though.

aliasjoey Wed 30-Jan-13 21:05:11

my jaw nearly hit the floor reading your post, because my DD (10) has had exactly the same for two weeks. maybe there really is a weird bug going round.

she's had stomach migraines before (we think) and she says it's different to those. GP has suggested UTI - she thought it was hysterical to try and pee in a cup. grin

interesting idea about needing eyes testing.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 21:06:01

Wouldn't have thought it was her teeth, as she sees dentist regularly because of her braces, and she recently had an x-ray of her teeth and they were all fine. Braces haven't been tightened for over a month so it's not that.

The gp said that if it carried on and he couldn't find a cause, he might order more tests. No idea what though

HDee Wed 30-Jan-13 21:09:39

Could she be pregnant? It wouldn't be unheard of at her age?

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 21:10:34

Alias - Dd hasn't had her urine tested, but had no obvious symptoms of a uti.

Perhaps it is just a weird bug then.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 21:12:31

Hdee - The gp questioned her about that, but as she had her period last week and doesn't really have a social life, it's not likey. Thank god

ThreeBeeOneGee Wed 30-Jan-13 21:14:05

ScillyCow Wed 30-Jan-13 21:15:28

Irlins Syndrome - need an optician that can do overlay testing, or ask if the school can do it. We provide this at my school.

Some info here

Can come on fairly quickly, especially if things are getting more demanding at school. Can cause nausea, headaches, migraines.

You haven't recently bought a new laptop for her / gaming system / something like that?

DameFanny Wed 30-Jan-13 21:15:34

Did the headaches start after she had the braces tightened? Could be a nerve pain triggering migraine?

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 30-Jan-13 21:18:08

Def not braces no.

Will have a look at that link, thanks.

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