Teenage Headache's That Normal?

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Wisniewska14
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   Posted 3/29/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Alrighties, I've recently went to a doctor about this On going Migraine I've had. I'm only 14 so i mean it could be just growing or what not.
 
I got a sheet about Migraine triggers. And I have Filled out A Migraine Diary nothing is repetative. One day it's dairy The other day it's stress. Etc.
 
I've also had the pleasure of trying diffrent types of Drugs. No, not what you're thinging, I don't drink, or do Drugs. I've been on tylenol, Advil,  Ibyprophen.. Nothing seems to help, but my doctor just ignores it..Is it something to be ignored?

open-minded
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   Posted 3/29/2006 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
hello,

mine started at the same time yours are- could be stress or hormones- sort of growing pains but not quite. mine came when my periods started. my doctors told my mom i had "schoolitus" i will never forget that!

okay- if you get funny vision, sensitive to light and noise and nausiated- it is probably a migraine. i am not a doctor! only an md can diaqgnose them. as you can read, lots of seemingly innocent things can trigger them. i wonder if they act up about a week or so before your cycle. mine would ease up when it actually started and then sometimes kick in again at the end. hormones are really crazy at your age for boys and giirls but girls seem to get bigger swings.

it's important to take it easy as soon as you feel it coming on- sometimes a fuzzy feeling- i get sparkles in my vision. sometimes heading it off right when it starts is the trick to getting a full blown one.

does your mom get them? anyone else in the family?

i would DEFINATELY KEEP ON GOING TO YOUR DOC OR ASK TO SEE A DIFFERENT ONE IN THE GROUP.

maybe ask your mom to look at this site. pain is real- luckily migraines aren't life threatening- just life altering and painful. you really need to see a neurologist if your doc isn't able to help you. a diagnosis will help you better deal with them when you can get more info. information is power!

my mom never had them but had an aunt who had them in college but they went away on their own. i PRAY my daughter doesn't inherit them from me. i hope you get some answers and will pray for you. when i first got them, i thought i had a tumor growing/exploding in my head. know you are scared. hang in there and be persistant, young lady!

don't know you but am proud that you are doing research and not experimenting with drugs and such! you should be proud of yourself. will keep an eye out for your updates/questions.

we can lend you support here and tell you what works for us BUT we CANNOT replace medical care! what are your parents saying? hope you have talked to them,too!

hang in there, love!

open-minded
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   Posted 3/29/2006 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
ps- i have a teenager son and your post made me assume you are a female. he would NEVER bother with a log or questionaire.

If you are a boy- please switch to YOUNG MAN and disregard the period stuff!

timur
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   Posted 3/30/2006 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
It isnt something to be ignored and maybe you might want to consider changing your doctor. Ask your folks to find another neurologist or even a headache specialist. information is definately power and the more u know the better. Get a proper diagnosis and dont be afraid to ask your doctor exactly what the medication does, possible side effects and if they can cause 'rebound headaches'. A possibility is if meds such as tylenol, advil worked at the start and dont work now maybe because u are getting rebound headache from it. only certain meds cause rebound and it is nothing to worry too much about but is something you need to know and with the right treatment plan can be avoided completely. you can easily research it on the net and  ask your doc about it. dont worry, youd be surprised how many people especially around your age or even younger get migraines 

timur
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   Posted 3/30/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
tell us how it goes and ask any questions you have. goodluck

Kelly Avis
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   Posted 3/30/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine started young too, and if you are a girl one cause could be hormonal. I don't know about boys, but a couple of male cousins and a nephew also started getting them young, so it isn't always gender related.

I used to get migraines when I ovulated and again 24 hours before my period started. Those only last 24 hours. It is the other ones that are tricky.

Keep a food diary. Aged cheese, yogurt, chocolate and other foods can cause migraines. If you notice a headache after eating certain foods, try eliminating them and see if that helps. Cheese is a real killer for me, but night not bother you at all.

Sleep is really important too. I know it is hard being a teenager to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, but it can really help. Not getting enough sleep is another trigger. I do admit to sleeping in a lot on weekends, but I am frequently "sleeping off" migraines.

Migraines are the pitts, but you have to deal with it, and you are on the right track by researching and looking for help from others. Try and find a doctor that understands migraines, because there are a lot of good drugs out there that can help, but the tricky thing is finding the right combination for you. What helps me won't necessarily help you.

Good luck and don't let anyone tell you it is all in your head, or that you are too young, or yada, yada, yada. Migraines are real, and there is real relief for them. You just have to do a lot of the work yourself and become a detective of sorts, and find a good doctor. Phwew! Overwelming, but doable. Trust yourself.

BingButterfly31
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   Posted 3/30/2006 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
How do they test for migraine headaches is there a tast or do they just go by symtoms? I get severe headaches all the time but i have learned to live with them but my 15 year old son get severe headaches so bad that he can not lift his head offf his pillow and they make him sick to his stomach. I have told his doctor but she has not done anything to even find out if they are migraines confused

Wisniewska14
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   Posted 4/1/2006 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my gosh! I am so blessed that some people cared, prayed and replyed to my question!

The weird part's about my headache's is no one else in the family get's them. I've fainted a couple times too, and then a couple other time's i've totally blacked out. ( Doctor said it sounded like drug's..But I've never touched drugs in my life!

It got real scary the other day, It happened at school. I was in science class, reading, and I felt dizzy, and extreamly tired, like i was going to fall asleep.. 30 Seconds Later, i got up, not bothering to ask the teacher. I knew what was ahead of me, and it wasn't good. Along my Dizzy walk it got worse, and worse. To the Point where I was clinging to the bricks of a wall. I saw Purple Sparkes(I must say it was beautiful :P Hehe) And I felt like i went partially Deaf.

My Teacher obviously followed me after he relised I went out the door, and he lead me to the office, I was practicly on him! (It wasn't embarasing at the time, But thinking back to it. My Young Not so bad looking teacher..My Face get's red!) So we get to the office, and I mean the place want's to call 911.

That's the LAST thing i want happening. Im so not popualr in my school, and I'm not into trying to get attention. Mech, So I waited..and waited, and I got Frozen, And i started to shiver. My Face went blueish appearntly and I remember wanting to close my eyes really badly.

So After a while, A wintercoat, and A LOAD of water, I was fine. Although THe Nurse wouldn't let me go back to classes -.- My Parents were phoned, yada yada And The Doctor has no idea what happened..

That's 4 times already This year.

timur
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   Posted 4/1/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
oh boy that sounds bad...I do know how you feel with the dizzy spells i get them all the time and i can barely stand when i have one even though im a 20 year old bloke, which is pretty embarassing when happening infront of a group of people you barely know . I usually manage to just stay upright but there was one time i actually lost conscience and went into a type of seizure which lasted about a minute but after it was over i was fine and managed to drive back home (not the smartest thing to do). did you manage to get in touch with a neurologist yet?...hey bingbutterfly...i suffer from chronic headache and i do feel with you...sorry to hear that your son has such bad headaches. you should probably sack that doctor and find yourself a new one that really cares who is a neurologist or specialises in this field. to diagnose migraines you do have to look at the symptoms and they can be inherited so its a good possibilty that he has migraines.

open-minded
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   Posted 4/2/2006 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   

 Wis- i don't actually black-out with mine but i can relate to the sparkles, dizziness etc... i am a bit disappointed that you did NOT go to the ER from school. you still haven't been properly diagnosed. i know that a doctor does little neuro tests when one is having a migraine and asks a lot of questions as well. she/he will shine flashlight into your eyes and have you follow it, check your balance, hand strengh, reflexes etc... if he deem necessary, will order a catscan or send you to a neurologist which is a dr who specializes in brain/nervous system.

i don't want to sound like a nag but... nono   i am worried about you! you need to be checked out! it could be migraine or it could be something more serious! you should not mess around with your health.

also- about not "being popular". well, EVERYONE in high school has insecurities!! even the "popular" ones. please try not to be so hard on yourself! pink has a song called, "i'm a hazard to myself". i think everyone your age could relate to it. i remember some of the girls in the "prep clique" thought I was a snob! ( i saw it the other way around! eyes ) you shouldn't worry what other people think because they are probably too worried about what others think of them to notice anything else. the teen years are about finding yourself- not trying to be like everyone else. hold that head high, check yourself in the mirror and say, "darn, I am a fox" and get on with your bad self! yeah

you haven't told us what your parents/guardians are saying about this! by all means, get some medical treatment when these episodes occur! i think i can safely speak for everyone that we are worried about you! TAKE CARE OF YOU and SMILE! my motto is "fake it til you make it!". chin up and you are still on the prayer list! tongue


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   Posted 4/2/2006 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
bing- i feel for you and pray mine don't get these! maybe you should bring him in when he is having one. if doc still isn't concerned, you can ask for him/her to consult with another one in the office. if that is not an option, i would go to urgent care or the er. i know it's a pain but you need answers. i swear our healthcare system is gonna bottom out! dr's are too busy to listen. it is truly an art and physicians are pretty much forced to go into groups because of the malpractice ins. the groups are in business to make money and the insurance companies are lining their executive's pockets, charging higher premiums and co-pays and delivering less benefits to their members. also we got the drug companies making billions and killing us as well and the FDA will approve questionable drugs and wait until "x" number of drug induced deaths before they decide to re-evaluate and pull them.

guess you can tell i have issues with the healthcare system!!!!!!!!??????

i am sorry you and your son are having these headaches. i hope you get some answers. also read as much as you can on alternative ( which is in truth traditional medicine) i have managed to figure out my own demon migraines by exploring and paying attention to my body. some triggers are beyond my control but usually i can head them off . my last line of defense is axert or relpax. be persistant and jot his headaches on the calander with note about weather changes, foods he may have eaten, particularly stressful days or late nights... if it is migraine, i am sure a pattern will emerge. mind you- it's imperative to get it diagnosed and figure out the triggers.

sorry i go on but dear LORD- i really FEEL your pain! i plan on donating my body to a research facility if they promise to study my brain and figure out what causes these awful things!!!! i really hate them and wish there were definitive answers. let us know how it goes, ok?

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   Posted 4/2/2006 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
TIMUR! no driving and migraining! you help too many people around here so we'd rather you not black out behind the wheel and end up driving over a cliff! lecture over! hope you are having a good day!

Kelly Avis
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   Posted 4/2/2006 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow. You really need to get to a doctor. I've had migraines similar to what you just described. I remember trying to walk home one time from work thinking I had just had a stroke or something and honestly don't know how I made it home.

If you ever have anything like that again, get to an ER or have the school call 911. You really need a medical workup and a diagnosis and to get started on preventative drugs and also get drugs to help when the migraine hits. If your parents or guardians can't or won't help on this, do you have a community health center in your city/town? They are sometimes called Neighborhood Health Centers. These are federally funded health centers and will help you regardless of ability to pay. You can get treatment and help with purchasing medication if insurance and/or money is an issue. You will probably need parent/guardian consent for treatment, and if that is a problem, the health centers usually have social workers that can help you through the legal issues.

I used to work at a Neighborhood Health Center, so I know a lot about them. If you can tell me the name of the city/town you live in, I will google and find one close to you that you can go to for help. As I said, they don't turn anyone away and the doctor's are really excellent and can find usually find you a good neurologist, which is what you really need, and get you a referral to see one.

I'm really concerned about you. Please let me know what help you need and I will try and help you in any way I can.

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   Posted 4/3/2006 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
KELLY IS SO RIGHT!!! Get some medical help right away. She will beable to help you SO LET HER! WELL SAID KELLY!

Anne1
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   Posted 4/3/2006 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wisnie
You so need an MRI, a neurologist to look at you. Some  headaches have a basis in an underlying medical problem and you need to find out what that is. Have blood work done too. Anemia can cause headaches, irregular heartbeat causes them too. An infection deep within the body can cause them, you need to find a good doctor like yesterday.
And don't worry about the kids at school, not liking you. Wait for college, people there will look for qualities like honesty, other things, high school is a hard time for almost everyone.

philski
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   Posted 4/4/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
open-minded: its easy to say "no driving and migraning", but hard to do when you are a professional courier (yes, I am grateful that I no longer have that job... I have some interesting stories to tell from days I should have called in sick :) )

Wisniewska14: I've had migraines since I was a child. It sucks to have migraines as a teenager. I'm in my early 20's now and it sucks even more to have them as a dad when you have a young child that wants nothing more than to play with you (and a wife that is nagging you to play with him).

Keep a log. After a few months go back and scour for correlations. Remember triggers can happen immediately (scents, certain foods, etc) or take awhile (some foods take awhile to digest, post-stress, etc), even days. You might find out that yours have no correlation whatsoever. I'm serious though, every day. For a long time... (You can't get meaningful statistical data from a week for even a month, really) If you are lucky you might find something that can cut the number of migraines you experiance.

And if your doctor is treating you like crap find a new one... Try to look for a migraine clinic or a neurologist. Hopefully your parents have insurance, if not, there are subsidized plans for while you are under 18... Good luck. Plenty of us have been there and done that so try and take at least a little comfort in that.

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   Posted 4/4/2006 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
phil- don't i know it- my kid's are awesome though when i am out with a killer. they bring me ice packs, stay very quiet and take care of things while i try to sleep. i just pray they don't get them son, 15, rarely gets even a regular headache. daught, 6, will say she has one but i think it's from me saying that! and she wants sympathy!
you'll see, the son will want to rub your head and neck for you...

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   Posted 4/5/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My 16 year old daughter is currently having headaches that began back around xmas. I would be furious if our doctor were ignoring this. She has had blood work, 2 ct scans, tried at least 4 or 5 meds at this point, and now she is being sent to a neurologist and an ophthamologist. As far as I am concerned they need to exhaust their resources trying to find out what is going on, and if they rule everything out then they need to find a painkiller that will help. Don't let them blow this off just because they don't know what to do. Good luck!
 


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   Posted 4/5/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My 16 year old daughter is currently having headaches that began back around xmas. I would be furious if our doctor were ignoring this. She has had blood work, 2 ct scans, tried at least 4 or 5 meds at this point, and now she is being sent to a neurologist and an ophthamologist. As far as I am concerned they need to exhaust their resources trying to find out what is going on, and if they rule everything out then they need to find a painkiller that will help. Don't let them blow this off just because they don't know what to do. Good luck!
 


darla1010101
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   Posted 5/23/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
cry
im 14 too, and my headaches are non stop for the past few weeks.
im not sure how long it will last but my head feels like it's going to explode.
im pretty sure it's normal, it seems alot of people get it at 14,
but still this sucks. i hate being a teenager!!!!!!

NY Veggie
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   Posted 5/26/2011 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
daria
You should start your own thread and introduce yourself to everyone.. let them know what's up

I'm a lot older than you but I started getting Migraines when I was about 9 years old. I remember when I was about 15 having one that lasted for 4 days.. the only saving grace was that my mother had some painkillers that she gave me from time to time while I was in bed. Then I had them at least once a month throughout school. Back in those days no one really saw a headache doctor.

Are you seeing a neurologist for your headaches? If not, you should talk to you parents and your regular doctor and let them know how severe your headaches are. You really need to get them diagnosed so they can prescribe the right medicine for you.. also you would have a valid excuse for missing school
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darla1010101
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   Posted 5/26/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
k thanks, and no i haven't seen a doctor
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