Does anyone have a teenager with chronic migraines? My 15 year old son has them 3-4 days a week and no doctors can relieve the pain.

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Dove - posted on 09/23/2012

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On the chance that the op is still around though.... if he's still having these headaches and hasn't yet had an MRI... get one. I also started having migraine status headaches at 15 and it turns out I have a rare disorder called Chiari Malformation. It's worth checking out.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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Well, I'm not a mom. Just thought i should let you know that. But your question came up when i as doing research on migraines, because i too have them. What i have, and it sounds like your son has, is chronic headache syndrome. there are different types of headaches, i suffer from migraines but ask him his certain symptomes because it could be tension or (ugh) cluster. those do not sound fun. I am having a hard time finding pain medicine too, OTC's werent working for me and so we tried prescriptions. Imatrax is what they gave me, but it wasnt working until they quadrupled the amount. they can only give you nine pills. and the high dosage makes me sick. imatrax takes the pain away but you cant tell for a while because it makes you feel...funky. like its still there but you cant feel pain. and my sinuses would be on fire. i try to avoid other meds because of acetomenophen, which kills your liver and i have had such high dosages of it that it was a problem so Imatrax does not have it, thank goodness. im trying to find other nonmedical (im sick of meds) cures so i'll keep looking but if you found anything please let me know.



Oh, and word of advice-dont ignore your son. my mom acts like i become invisible when i get my migraines and i try not to let it get to me but its not that it would bethat big a deal except she acts like its such an inconvenience for her. dont degrade his pain, even if you know he is exagerating because it is psychologically proven to make a child shut down on you. take it from a fifteen year old girl. i miss it when my mom rubbed my head. ive been dealing with this all my life, and i dont plan on doing it much longer. but all solutions seem short term because headaches seem to adapt and come back stronger later in life. and everyone in my family who has had migraines has had lupus, tumors, or seizures so it can be scary. headaches are scary so just...at least check in on him once in a while when he gets them. and if you feel confortable with it send me his symptoms and i can classify his headache if you dont know because if you are using the term migraine and it ends up as cluster or sinus, the meds the doctors give you wont help.

and sorry for the family ranting bit. i dont get to talk about this much so the self ranting bit is healthy...i think.

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Maria - posted on 09/24/2012

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i agree with dove, that its a good idea to get the MRi. i got one and everything turned out fine but it was great relief because so many people in my family are suffering from brain tumors. plus you can track progress over the years, where if something happens later in life or something developes you get a good idea of when it happened. and if he does or did get it, foci are not bad. migraines cause them, not the other way around, and they do nothing. they are just little blips that show up on the screen where the migraines are actually taking place.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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i have tripitan which works and doesnt have any bad side effects but it is like really strong excedrin so its high in acetomenophen.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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triggers....when headaches get to a certain stage triggers dont matter. chronic headaches are created when someone usually with a past with headaches realizes they are becoming more frequent and powerful. if headaches are becoming worse, taht means he is becoming more sensitive to things around him. things that didnt trigger before, can cause head splitting pain now. there can be several triggers. but that doesnt mean dont do anything to keep them away, the more you keep him away from certain foods (sugar kills me, i dont know about him) and florescent lights can do it too, can make them less frequent and less powerful. I noticed that after i stopped eating so much sugar i didnt rally like it anymore, which is common when someone gets sick from something, for them to not like it. so if your son feels like that if you choose to withdrawl from that diet then maybe that was a major contributor.

just try to make a system for getting rid of them because chances are, they are going to come back later in life. i had them all through childhood, but rarely, and then in sisth grade they were monsters. we changed my diet and i was fine. ninth grade, last year, though was the worst. nothing we try works and i still have them now so if you found anything that worked, please let me know. im desperate. nad if you ahve any questions about strange behavior or sleeping patterns or anything let me know because even if i dont exhibit it, i study it because i love psychology and working with kids and adolescents. i want to be a child and teen psychotherapist when i grow up. yay...

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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sorry, the non mom again. i didnt read the other replies. he already got imatrax. the 50 miligrams? that didnt work for me. and they only give you nine. when we went back again they gave me 200miligrams and i cut them in half and take that, so i take twice the normal dosage and get twice as many pills, technically. but it makes you feel weird when you take taht much, like i said, so if he is as desperate as i am he can but i would work toward a long term solution. i want to take a two month preventive but my parents wont do it. doctors say it can break the cycle because your brain could just be so used to them it stimulates them itself. this could cut it off for long term,as supposed to medicating yourself everytime you get a headache. so in the long term, its less meds but my parents never lesten to my reasoning because im a teenager.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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sorry, the non mom again. i didnt read the other replies. he already got imatrax. the 50 miligrams? that didnt work for me. and they only give you nine. when we went back again they gave me 200miligrams and i cut them in half and take that, so i take twice the normal dosage and get twice as many pills, technically. but it makes you feel weird when you take taht much, like i said, so if he is as desperate as i am he can but i would work toward a long term solution. i want to take a two month preventive but my parents wont do it. doctors say it can break the cycle because your brain could just be so used to them it stimulates them itself. this could cut it off for long term,as supposed to medicating yourself everytime you get a headache. so in the long term, its less meds but my parents never lesten to my reasoning because im a teenager.

Maria - posted on 09/23/2012

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Well, I'm not a mom. Just thought i should let you know that. But your question came up when i as doing research on migraines, because i too have them. What i have, and it sounds like your son has, is chronic headache syndrome. there are different types of headaches, i suffer from migraines but ask him his certain symptomes because it could be tension or (ugh) cluster. those do not sound fun. I am having a hard time finding pain medicine too, OTC's werent working for me and so we tried prescriptions. Imatrax is what they gave me, but it wasnt working until they quadrupled the amount. they can only give you nine pills. and the high dosage makes me sick. imatrax takes the pain away but you cant tell for a while because it makes you feel...funky. like its still there but you cant feel pain. and my sinuses would be on fire. i try to avoid other meds because of acetomenophen, which kills your liver and i have had such high dosages of it that it was a problem so Imatrax does not have it, thank goodness. im trying to find other nonmedical (im sick of meds) cures so i'll keep looking but if you found anything please let me know.



Oh, and word of advice-dont ignore your son. my mom acts like i become invisible when i get my migraines and i try not to let it get to me but its not that it would bethat big a deal except she acts like its such an inconvenience for her. dont degrade his pain, even if you know he is exagerating because it is psychologically proven to make a child shut down on you. take it from a fifteen year old girl. i miss it when my mom rubbed my head. ive been dealing with this all my life, and i dont plan on doing it much longer. but all solutions seem short term because headaches seem to adapt and come back stronger later in life. and everyone in my family who has had migraines has had lupus, tumors, or seizures so it can be scary. headaches are scary so just...at least check in on him once in a while when he gets them. and if you feel confortable with it send me his symptoms and i can classify his headache if you dont know because if you are using the term migraine and it ends up as cluster or sinus, the meds the doctors give you wont help.

and sorry for the family ranting bit. i dont get to talk about this much so the self ranting bit is healthy...i think.

Neva - posted on 01/24/2012

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There are other medications that can be taken to help prevent so many headaches if the nortriptyline isn't working. There are also other drugs in the family of imitrix, but some work better than others for different people, so I would go back to the doctor. It is also important to keep a diary to see if he can pinpoint any triggers. Things that can trigger migraines are eating certain foods like aged cheese, chocolate, alcohol. Also getting too much sleep or not enough, getting too hungry and skipping meals, stress, etc. So, keeping a diary might help to see if any of these things are triggering him. When he gets a headache right down any foods eaten prior, what he was doing, whether he slept in or stayed up late and see if there is a pattern. Also its important to take the imitrix or other pain medicine (not the controller medicine) at the very first sign of a headache. If he gets an aura before the pain, that is the time to take his medication. If he doesn't get an aura, take it as soon as the headache starts, don't wait until it gets too bad. Don't give up, it may take some trial and error to find the right combination of medications, but there is a good chance they can be controlled.

Marilyn - posted on 01/24/2012

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He got Imitrex, which only worked the first time. Nortriptalene which really doesn't seem to make much difference, a nausea med, which doesn't really help. Thanks for respoinding.

Bri - posted on 01/24/2012

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sometime i have to walk my self in to ER and get a shot, Did your teen get prescribed any meds?

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