13-year old with migraines

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 13-year old daughter is fighting migraines ... she has at least 1 good one a week that lasts 2 to 3 days. We have tried everything over the counter and NOTHING is working. We have been seeing a neurologist and she is on a preventative medicine, which is also NOT working, and she has already tried one migraine medicine (Zomeg). She had a reaction to it and they prescribed her another one; however, I'm a little nervous about having her try it. Anyway, does anyone have any home remedies that I could try ?? By the way, she has NOT started yet so I think a lot of it is hormonal. Speaking of her, I just got a call from the school to come and get her because her head hurts and she's nauseous !! ANY SUGGESTIONS ????

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Lorna - posted on 09/18/2009

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I starting getting migraines in jr. high. I went to see neurologist also, no help. My dr. wasn't much help either - told me to stop eating bad combinations of food together ie. nuts and chocolate or pop. I still got them. Most drs. don't seem to know much about what causes them or how to prevent/lessen them. They often just prescribe meds.
I ended up at emerg. 3x in 6 years to get a shot of Demerol because I couldn't stand the extremely intense pain any more. I just grew out of them after high school. They don't run in my family at all.
Warm/almost hot compresses on forehead seemed to work better than cold ones.
DON'T have your daughter exercise. I read that it helps lessen the pain to do some mild exercise to get the blood moving (walking, cycling, etc.) - I wound up with the worst migraine of my life. The best thing to do it just lie in a dark room with no sound.
The only thing that relieved most of the pain was Imitrex ($15/pill). They didn't take away the migraine completely, I still had very mild pain. They're quite strong, but I felt a lot better. And when your daughter is in that much intense pain, you should really give her whatever you can to help her feel better. They're absolutely awful.
I noticed that light reflecting from my school textbooks (glare) caused me to sometimes get headaches, so changing the light that she uses to read/do schoolwork might help. It should be bright enough that she can read clearly, but not too bright. Light really affects vision and the wrong amount of light can definitely cause headaches. I wouldn't be surprised if they were due somewhat to hormones also.
Hope this helps.

Lynette - posted on 09/18/2009

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Ask your Dr. about Topamax. Its a medicine that she would take in the morning to prevent the headache from coming on. I have suffered with migraines since I was 10 and I am 34 now, and still have them, but the Topomax takes the itch off. Also watch what she eats. Chocolate triggers a migraine big time. I was told to leave chocolate alone by my doctor.

Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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ALSO GIVE THOUGHT THIS IS A CHILD AND MEDICATION IS ALREADY OVER PRESCRIBED FOR THE SIMPLEST THINGS THAT REALLY AREN'T NEEDED...



I'M NOT SAYING MEDS AREN'T GOOD WHEN NEEDED...



BUT IF YOU CAN FIX THE PROBLEM WITHOUT THEM OR SO MUCH...



BETTER ON THEIR LITTLE ORGANS!

Maria - posted on 09/18/2009

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Oh honey, I feel for your daughter! I've been fighting with migraine headaches for years! You may have to consult with your pediatrician about homeopathic or alternative therapy, or even combination therapy if one medication doesn't work. I had mine after my firstborn, and I've been told it's genetic. Some days are not as bad as others. There are foods that trigger migraine, so just be aware that she's not eating those, like chocolate, garlic in food, dairy products like cheese etc. Stress also is a migraine-trigger. I take Imitrex with Advil liquid gel. Exercise can relieve migraines, believe me, since the adrenaline will help pump the oxygen flow in the blood to the brain.

Allison - posted on 09/18/2009

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I started having migraines when I was 13 also! I only had about 1 per year though. 2 months after my first migraine, i started my period. I think I had about 5 and then they quit. I had one in May '08 and then again today, but these are caused by sinus infections. You may have her dr. check her sinuses. I hope this helps.



Also, Phenergan helps with the nausea and it also helped me sleep it off. Good Luck!

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Katie - posted on 01/27/2013

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What did you end up doing for your daughter? We have tried so many different medicines for our 14 yr old who has been suffering 3 years now. Still not helping and now she has the migraine hangover that can last up to a 2 month after one migraine she has had this happen 1x in the last year and in is a cycle now where her migraine has not completely resolved. Pain scale is abt 5 out of 10 instead of a 10 w her migraine. So frustrating and causes lots of arguments although I try to be patient but she is missing so much school. I feel so bad for her!

Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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ACTUALLY I'M MARRIED TO A CHIROPRACTOR HE'S BEEN PRACTICING FOR OVER 9 YEARS...AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH HAVING HER ADJUSTED, IT WILL RELIEVE TENSION IN HER UPPER CERVICAL SPINE (AS MY HUSBAND JUST TOLD ME) AND INCREASE BLOOD FLOW GIVING HER RELIEF FROM THE HEADACHES. I REALLY NEVER BELIEVED IN CHIROPRACTIC WORK UNTIL I MARRIED ONE..IT DID WONDERS WHILE I WAS PREGNANT AND WONDERS NOW ON SORE BACKS, HEADACHES, TENSION...AND YES IT'S VERY SAFE ON CHILDREN WORKING THE SAME WAY...JUST BE SURE TO GO TO A REPUTABLE ONE!



GOOD LUCK,



SHARON

Amy - posted on 09/18/2009

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As a person who has suffered from migraines since Desert Storm-20 years now, I can tell you that unless you have personally experienced a real migraine, there is no way to know how intense the pain is. There are many different factors that cause them-different for everyone. Considering her age, it is probably hormonal and more than likely, sad to say, they won't go away. They could also be due to chemical sensitivities, as is the case with many. No home remedy will cure a real migraine or make you not think about it-it's pretty much the only thing you can think about-if you can think at all.

The trick is to use a medication that is to be delivered at the onset. I use Esgic, which is a sort of caffiene pill, believe it or not. You must take it right at the onset of the migraine and it will typically head it off in about 30min to a hour. However, if you don't get to it in time, it's almost hopeless-I end up having to take some pretty serious pain killers or going to the ER. I know that this doesn't sound very promising, and in fact kind scary, but she can learn to deal with them, live with them and even work through them. I have much more information from all my years of pure experience if you would like more. I sincerely hope that she gets some help and relief!

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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You know, I never thought about dairy and she does have a glass of chocolate milk every morning !! I'll have to have her drink juice or something else and see how it goes.

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This is gonna sound crazy but tell her to stop eating dairy (cheese, cow's milk, eggs) and products made with dairy. If that doesn't work after 2 to 3 days then take her to an allergist. My son had the same problem and come to find out he was allergic to simple things like ants, mosquitos, roaches (which we do not have of course), and caffeine.



Good Luck,

*S*

Stephanie - posted on 09/18/2009

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understandable- you could just wait it out and see what happens, but if she still has the migraines and no period by the end of school I would try meds and when she does start ask about lowering the doses or weaning her off the meds to see how she does... Good luck!!

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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Nope, she's not on anything like that but I did actually see my gynecologist yesterday and he said that we could try that. I don't really want to start trying all kinds of medications until we find something that works, have her start her menstruation and then stop the meds. I don't know .... it just gets frustrating !!

Stephanie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had daily migraines after having my son and I know you want home rem. but meds do help- I started to take topamax (which the dr. can increase to help prevdent the migraines) and either frova (which worked my first time around) or immitrex.... other then that, taking a nap in a cool dark room with a cold compress on her head may help

Jackie - posted on 09/18/2009

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This is going to sound strange because she is 13 but is she on birth control or any sort of synthetic hormones? I myself can't take an synthetic hormones because they cause terrible migraines and its so common my doctor made the connection the second I said I was getting migraines regularly.

Lmf64 - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son has had migraines since he was 4. The worst one he ever had kept him out of school for a week in kindergarten and us in the ER every day that week. You know it's bad when a 5 year old who was addicted to television asks you to turn it off cuz it hurts. We've never found anything that works for him, but because of other issues we have to really be careful when trying meds. The only thing that works for him is he gets sick and then naps, when he wakes up he's all better. Actually the only way I know it's a true migraine and not a kid trying to get out of something he doesn't want to do is when he gets sick. I feel for you and your daughter. Cool dark (black out the window/s) room, with no noise.

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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We actually do see a chiropractor because she has scoliosis and have been seeing him regularly because of a recent back injury so I know it's not that. We know she is farsighted and wears glasses so I did have her eyes checked when they started to become more frequent and there hasn't been any change. I told her to start wearing them at all times and it hasn't helped, UGH !!

Jackie - posted on 09/18/2009

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You can try putting her feet in hot water and a cold can of pop behind her neck. This can confuse the brain because its too many different feelings in too many different locations thus causing her not to feel the pain of the migraine. Also have you had her eyes tested recently? My daughter is farsighted and just had to wear glasses for a few months to literally relax her eyes. And we haven't even had a small headache since. Basically her glasses caused her to focus on less because she was taking in too much for her eyes and brain.

Rachael - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son is experiencing migraines as well, I also had them when I was little. Our pediatrician suggested changing his diet from sugary , high fatty foods and increase his exercise and it has worked. I pray that your daughter feels better. mIgraines are no joke even for adults.

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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i get migraines pretty bad i take motrin put an icepack where it hurts sit in a dark quiet room and try to sleep when i wake up they are gone

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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consult a doctor first, pediatrition ! they will let you know the next step, it could be alot of stress causing them

Lindsay - posted on 09/18/2009

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I haven't had to deal with this myself but I've heard of taking them to the Chiropractor. I don't know much about it but it may be worth checking into and not having to deal with the medication. Good luck!

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