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Early morning headaches for almost two weeks - migraine or not? Any GPs around please?

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CiderwithBuda Fri 20-May-16 09:48:04

DS is almost 15.

Started getting migraines around 11. Every month or so.

Had one in Xmas holidays but then didn't have another until just over two weeks ago.

Since then he has had two come on during the day but has woken with one around 5am or so for 8 out of the last ten days.

How do we know if they are migraines? He sleeps through any aura.

He has been prescribed a preventative which we haven't started yet but before we try that and then try something else etc etc we are thinking of trying to get a referral to a specialist. We have private health insurance so it seems silly not to use use it to try and get to the bottom of this properly rather than potentially waste lots of time. He has missed two weeks of school and has GCSEs next year.

If you were my GP and I asked for a referral would you think I was over-reacting?

We are thinking blood tests and a scan.

InsaneDame Fri 20-May-16 13:02:36

Headaches in the morning that fade away over the course of the day can be a symptom of increased pressure in the head. I would get it checked out asap. Has he had an eye test recently? They will check the eye pressure and optic discs for any swelling which can also be another symptom of intercranial pressure.

When I went through this they did CAT scans, MRI of head and eyes and almost a lumbar puncture.... but I stopped them there as I was happy with the results from all the scans smile

CiderwithBuda Fri 20-May-16 13:04:30

Thanks for reply Insane - he sleeps them off usually and is then ok till th not one. Sometimes throws up.

Will book him an eye test now.

CiderwithBuda Sat 21-May-16 17:26:29

Eye test this afternoon. All clear. Guy was very thorough. Nothing going on behind the eyes. Vision all good.

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