S.P. asks from Billings, MT on October 24, 2008
Almost 14 Year Old DD Suffering from Migraines for First Time
My DD who is almost 14 has developed migraines this week for the first time in her life. She has been out of school all week because of the migraines. She tends to get them mostly in the AM (approx. 4-6 am). I have taken her to the Doctor's twice this week, and he said they are migraines with tension headache as well. We are trying Excedrin Migraine as needed and Flexural at night. I hate seeing her in pain and feeling like there is nothing I can do. Any migraine sufferers out there? Adults or teens?
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So What Happened?™
Well to top off the week of Migraines we were in a car accident on Friday afternoon. We were rear-ended. I know that it is stress that causes her migraines and figured that would be the great stress. I fully expected her to wake up this morning with a migraine so I had her take 1 excedrin migraine before she went to bed, as well as the muscle relaxer (flexeril) as the Dr. in the ER said for both of us to take that.
I was surprised that she DID NOT WAKE UP WITH A MIGRAINE!!! PTL. I wanted to clarify why she was taking the flexeril at night before she went to bed. That is for the tension (dr. said tension headache as well as migraine)in her neck and shoulders.
We are doing well from the accident, sore and stiff but ok.
D.Q. answers from Pocatello on October 28, 2008
My 17 year old daughter also suffers from migraine headaches. Among other things. She has suffered from them for about 2 1/2 years. They have totally changed her life from social to school. I have taken her to University Of Utah and have changed medications. She has a headache every day sometimes worse than others. We found a great chiropractor in Idaho Falls that has helped so much that she can acually have a life and go do things with her friends. The medication that has helped for us is Treximet it is brand new it has worked better than anything else has.
A.A. answers from Denver on October 25, 2008
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A.H. answers from Provo on October 25, 2008
I had horrible headaches at that age, what I wasn't telling my parents was that in addition to being very active (I swam and ran cross country and played water polo), I wasn't eating my lunch at school and quite often skipping breakfast. I also have found that I grind my teeth at night, once those issues were taken care of it seemed to fix the problem. She also could have a hormone imbalance that is causing the headaches.
C.A. answers from Denver on October 25, 2008
I agree that you should definately figure out what is triggering these migraines. Also talk to your doctor about Treximet, a new migraine drug since it is suppose to work fast.
V.G. answers from Salt Lake City on October 25, 2008
Something to think about: Your daughter is not Excedrin Migraine deficient nor Flexural deficient nor any other types of medication deficient. What I'm getting at is there is some underlying problem that needs to be figured out so she stops getting the migraines. NO, headaches and migraines are not normal and no one should have to live with them. Her body is trying to tell you something. I'm a strong believer in chiropractic and I know chiropratic physicians has helped many suffers of migraines. It is important to find one that is very thorough and will help get to the root of the problem. If you would like a recommendation, send me a message. I know someone who is very thorough!
J.P. answers from Salt Lake City on October 25, 2008
I have a daughter who had an eating disorder starting when she was 13. She wouldn't eat, or would binge and purge. She suffered from migraines because of that. She also wasn't getting the right nutrients because she felt like she was fat all the time so she would get rid of anything in her stomach. Make sure your daughter is eating right. There are so many factors in headaches. Is she getting enough calcium? or magnesium? I would get on the internet and explore.
S.L. answers from Missoula on October 25, 2008
I suffer w/them as well. There are prescriptions you can get from a doctor when all else fails. I regularly go to a chiropractor to make sure everything in in alignment. Sometimes they can be cause by pinched nerves or misalignment high up on the spine and neck area. I also notice a pattern in mine that it happens every month along w/my period. It's due to a crash in hormones (on the pill) and that brings them on as well. Check w/a chiropractor if you can and also explore whether or not it is hormonal changes. Ice packs on the back of the neck help, a dark quiet room can also give relief. Caffiene helps as well to open the blood vessels. Good Luck!
M.L. answers from Denver on October 26, 2008
I have never responded to any questions before so am not sure exactly how to do this.
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C.C. answers from Salt Lake City on October 25, 2008
I know you have done a follow up, but I hope you still read these...I'm assuming she wakes up with her headaches because it is so early in the am. Do some research on Cluster Headaches. I thought I had migraines for years because doctors had said that was what it was, part of my issue was sinus related, part was cluster headaches. I do also get migraines, and the difference is that a migraine you can sleep off where a cluster is a headache you will wake up and still have it and it goes on for days with more intensity at different times, sometimes building to a climax. I had never heard of cluster headaches until I got married and my husband told me about his cluster headaches, I thought he was making it up--so I googled to verify if it was some hokey thing his family made up. It isn't. I learned a lot.
I actually dropped out of college because of my headaches and was on some extremely strong medications. One made me nuts (Don't take amatriptoline if you can help it...) The Imatrix back then you could only take 3 in a weeks time, so I had to be extremely careful with when I took them. I learned how to use accupressure to help alleviate tension. and I take the excedrin migraine or excedrin tension headache depending on if it is a tension headache or a migraine. I can usually tell by the pressure points...if I'm extremly tense they hurt much much worse. lol. I take it with a coke since the caffeine helps--it starts quicker to dull down the headache a bit until the excedrin kicks in.
My dh and I both take a good multivitamin as well and we both get headaches much more frequently if we are not taking a multivitamin.
Also it's true that you should look for triggers. If you can pinpoint triggers you can really cut out headaches. I just found out a few months ago that Aspertame is a HUGE trigger for me, and one of the reasons I got so many migraines was because I love chewing gum. Try finding a gum without Aspartame!! I now get gum from a local Korean Market...no Aspartame. I can't do diet drinks or sugar free stuff, the chemicals that they use to replace sugar give me instant headaches.
It's helpful to know that. I always read boxes more carefully now and snacks everything and I've been shocked at how many things have Aspartame in them...even Fiber One cereal! Which was contributing to my headaches as well and I was eating it to be healthier and hopefully get rid of them.
I don't have any blinds in my house either as the light shining through blinds will also give me an instant migraine and I don't drive after dark as much as possible. I am much more sensitive around my monthly. I found a great tension release lotion at Walmart for $4 that is in my car so I can rub it on my neck and my temples as I drive--I've had the bottle for almost a year now, and it still isn't gone. It's been great. It helps when I am driving and get a glint of light shining off a mirror or something and I start to get the warning twinge.
this is one of the best websites for info on clusters.
ps sorry to hear about your accident. I hope sore and stiff goes away quick for you
C.R. answers from Denver on October 25, 2008
I have been suffering for yrs. And I am in my 40's My advise it to take her it a neuro. and let then look at her. You family md. really had no idea. flexeril is just a muscle relaxer. There are many a drug to help prevent them out there and at a young age. Don't any one tell you different. Peace
P. answers from Boise on October 24, 2008
I certainly sympathize with her. I get them too, mine started even younger. I agree with the other advice, certainly rule out everything else including sinus problems. Is it hormonal? Mine is always worse around my time of the month. I don't know what age Imitrex can be prescribed at, but that helps me as long as I can go to sleep after taking it. Cold on the neck and eyes helps. Put her in a dark, quiet room too.