I started to have migraines when I was 10 and have had them ever since. They do make you feel a bit washed out, but I think over the years I have got used to them. I was a bit upset when my dd1 and dd2 started to have them as well, but to be honest, they haven't had that many - the older one probably 5 or 6 in about 6 years. I would say not to assume the worst as my dd2 has only ever had one migraine. They aren't nice, but hey ho, it could be worse!4
My dd, who is now 15, started to have cluster headaches aged 11 which have now developed into full blown migraines. She has a severe migraine approx once every 2 months, with an aura of 'flashing lights' and nausea. Occaisionally she is sometimes physically sick. She takes caffeine-free Neurofen with parecetomel, and often spends up to 8 hours sleeping. She misses at least 4 days per half-term, but GP has recently prescribed the pill, which does seem to be helping. (will know more in 3 months). Peadiatrician believes it is linked to hormones and will eventually (hopefully ) grow out of them I also used to have a severe miigraine approx once every 6 months, until I had hysterectomy (was unable to take the pill).
I hope I haven't scared you, but with understanding from the school, it is manageable.
Do try to get school on board. My ds2 had them regularly following a road traffic accident and school was less than sympathetic - couldn't quite believe that so many absences were legit. We sought help, self-referring, from the City of London Migraine Clinic. You pay a donation, what you can afford and get truly expert and sympathetic support from excellent clinicians. No one is turned away.
Neck headache (ds was apparently hyper mobile) was diagnosed by the late Dr Blau, who set up the clinic (a leading neurologist) - and we dealt with it accordingly.
We live far from London but after seeing so many doctors elsewhere, though this was worth a go.
Hope you've got a good paeds/neurology department (some hospitals, like Southampton, have specialist headache clinics for kids) and that your dd can get all the help she needs, including, perhaps, physio. Good luck.
mine started at 14 and I ended up having a sort of epi-pen thing which I had to inject into my thigh, the drug was sumatriptan, made you go a bit woozy for a couple of minutes but worked a treat
ds1 has inherited the tendency and he has something he has to place under his tongue, (oral lyophilisate according to the packet) school have a supply of them, no good though once you start chucking up
Watch your dd's menstrual cycle and often you can find a pattern, once you've established when the migraines are more likely to happen, be sure then to get lots of sleep, minimal stress plenty of B vits and magnesium etc - haven't ever heard of a cure, just things to minimise the debilitating effect it can have.
I have had migranes more or less all my life (and old codger of 47 now, so can't remember when I started)... however over the years I've managed to track what causes them and mainly can control them... mine are definately hormonal and tend to appear the day or two before my period is due.. but I also can get them from eating the wrong sort of stuff - unfortunately chocolate and red wine are the main culprits!! (I no don't drink at all, but I will suffer the post chocolate ones sometimes when I really can't stop )
Definately keep a food/activity diary and you should see a trend appearing - she won't necessarily be able to stop them occuring, but she'll start to recognise the symptoms (as opposed to 'just' a headache) and the sooner you can take something the better !!!
my daughter started them at around 16 and we had a terrible few years to the extent that I look back now and don't know how she kept studying. She missed loads of college and didn't have a social life she got that many and they were so bad she HAD to go to bed in a dark room. The doc put her on amatyptaline (mady not have spelt this right)..please do NOT let her go on this..my sis and a friends daughter also put on it and made problem worse...v v tired, my daughter had panic type fits on it, and friends daughter also did..panic type ones.College cross with docs cos doc didn't seem to be doing anything beyond the drugs and saying, we don't know what else to do. She had all the scans etc and eventually, in desparation, we went to an acupunturist. Cut out most dairy, intnse course of acupuncture with top up every now and again and amazingly very very few bad headaches since! This was 18 months ago, she is at uni, working hard, amkes sure she eats proper meals regularly and on the whole gets enough sleep. For us it is a miracle as I wondered if she'd ever have a normal life at one point.
My daughter has suffered from migraines for nearly 6 years on and off and is getting worse as she is getting older. She has just turned 12 and has missed a bit of school recently. 2 Months ago she started having them more frequently and had 2 in one week. I took her to the doctors who prescribed some preventitive tablets and had to take one a night and return within 4 weeks to see how she was going. But unfortunately this didnt work so returned back to the doctors as they said they would do further tests, but all they did was up the dose to 2 tablets a night and then referred me to the Paediatrician at the hospital. We went there last week and he said it sounds like a typical migraine, as my daughter constantly vomits for up to 5 hours, tingling of the arms, mouth and has started with slurred speach. Funny thing is she normally starts around the same time which is 5am in the morning. She has only been taking the increased dosage for nearly 3 weeks now and has said she can take up to 3 tablets but only down side is they can cause drowsiness and he said this may effect her schooling in the morning. So really I dont want to increase anymore and thought by taking 2 this had worked but that night after been at the hospital she had another one so obviously 2 tablets hasnt prevented either, so now resulting in cutting cheese & Chocolate out of her diet temporarily to see how we go. If this isnt the cause then there is a spray apparently that can be prescribed and is suppose to stop the migraine as quick as they come on and she should still be able to go to school.....!! He did state this could be hormonal but he also said that the Pill can cause migraines too as this has eastrogen in (hope i have spelt that right) so that was worth knowing, even though she is only 12 and no plans for her to go on the Pill.
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