I have a few questions that pertain to both of my children...I'll describe them both first then ask all the questions together at the end :)
My son was diagnosed with migraines when he was 6 years old. He had a low grade headache for months...we tried eyeglasses....change in diet...looked for allergies....everything. Then he started having his vision flip around upside-down. He also saw (what he called happy potatoes) green spots that floated around in front of him. We had MRI's and the works to rule out a brain tumor then a pediatric nuerologist diagnised him with migraines and called the visual stuff "Alice in Wonderland" vision, said it was common in kids. We tried lots of meds, got the visual weirdness to slow down but never actually broke the low grade constant headache until he was 8 when we slowly took him off all the daily meds. Now he is 9 and this week he got real dizzy and has had a low grade headache again.
My daughter has gotten tummyaches constantly since she was tiny. When the nuerologist was working with my son, we happened to mention something about her in his presents and he asked a few more questions and said that sometimes little kids (she was 3 at the time) have migraines that don't impact their heads but rather thier tummies instead. We had been giving her tums (by doc's okay) for quite some time by then and just thought she liked them but he said they can't hurt her and to just allow her to have them if she complains because it really could be her version of migraines. He said there is a prescription we could use for this kind of migraines too. She is now 6 and is having them more and more...tums still helps but it is now daily.
Here are my questions: Has anyone had any experience with these two senarios? We were told that if you have migraines such as these BEFORE puberty, you are likely to out grow them when puberty hits...any experience with that? I don't know at what point do we turn back to meds for my son - or initiate meds with my daughter, any suggestions?