11 year old with consdtant headache

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123panda
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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
 
 My 11 yer old daughter has had headaches almost daily since November of last year.
Her symptoms started with passing out at school while seated at her desk, after lunch.
She said she saw black spots and fell over. When she came to, she was weak and dizzy.
I picked her up from school and took her to urgent care, where she complained of continued dizziness and weakness. The nurse noticed she had a slow pulse and irregular heartbeat.
We were sent to the ER, where they did a CT scan, ruled her fainting a side effect of a sinus infection and sent us home.
She remained weak, dizzy and headachy for the next week. The weakness and dizziness faded, the headaches stayed.
She finished a course of antibiotics for the sinus infection, a secondary round of antibiotics for a lymph node infection...still headaches.
We have had her vision checked, and she wears glasses now. they did not solve the problem.
She shrugs off adult strength Tylenol, Motrin, even Aleve without blinking an eye...these were given under the advice of her Doctor.
An EEG revealed slower than normal brain activity, and a MRI showed a small cyst in her left temporal lobe, described as an incidental finding and not the cause of the headaches.
She is rating her pain anywhere from a 5 to an 8, and will often wake up in the middle of the night complaining of pain.
Her neurologist recommends an anti seizure medication for headache relief, but the side effects I've read about outweigh the benefits.
I'm at my wit's end, and could really use some advice.
Thank you!!!!
 
 

123panda
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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the spelling, I'm usually not that bad :)

Annuk
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   Posted 3/4/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi 123panda,

Welcome to Healing Well! So sorry to hear that your daughter is having such a rough time. I would strongly suggest that you find yourselves a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist. Most Neuros actually don't know enough about headache to be able to deal with anything that is not straight forward, the Headache Specialist Neuro does, it may take them some time to get to the bottom of it but they will!!

How long do her headaches last when she has an attack? What sort of pain is it, sharp, dull, achey, burning or something else?

Keep posting and lets us know how she gets on!!

take care

Ann
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4rmine
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   Posted 3/23/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
my eleven year old daughter has been having headaches for over two months now in January the doctor said she had a sinus infection treated with antibiotics. The headaches continued and a burning feeling when breathing set in, after three more visits they did a cat scan, blood work, and nasal swab they found a staph infection in her sinuses, more antibiotics and Tylenol three with codeine. two weeks later we finished the meds and the headaches were still there. We went to a different doctor he said they are being caused by the muscles in her back between her shoulder blades, he said its similar to whip lash but some people can get it by just turning their head wrong. He prescribed muscle relaxers and told her to take two ibuprofen three times a day. Hey guess what a week later and we still have the headaches. We go back to the peds office in two days as well as the chiropractor. I've had people recommend an ENT, sleep study, and a neurologist. I don't know what else to do but keep scheduling more appointments with different doctors. My husband says shes fine and acts as though I'm over reacting. I'm so frustrated!!! It's not normal for an eleven year old have chronic headaches.

apryldawn
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   Posted 3/26/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I haven't visited Healingwell in a long time but recently ran across your post. I was just yesterday diagnosed with Occipital Nueralgia...this sounds like what your child has! I'm not a doctor but have the same symptoms. You may want to mention it at your next doctor's appointment. Hope everything gets better!
Age 25 Diagnosed with UC February 2007
 
Will add medicine list once I recieve all my prescriptions...
 
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4rmine
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   Posted 4/5/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the suggestion, we have now been to a neurologist, allergy specialist, chiropractor. I think the chiropractor is making the most difference, she said that it looks like she is starting to show signs of scleroses. She has been seeing her almost every other day and the severity of the headaches are starting to dissipate some. The allergy specialist ran a panel of blood work as well we see him again later this week for scratch test. The neurologist said she didn't see anything right off, she has low blood pressure and said we should increase salt intake as well she ordered an MRI which we did this afternoon we should hear back by the end of the week what that shows. Hoping things get better soon.

metairieclark
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   Posted 3/11/2012 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
just had my headaches cured last month with a cervical injection , seems that after a year and a half of constant headaches the doctor who was going to do an injection to cure a compressed nerve , looked at my mri and told me that he could cure my headaches , blah blah something about facet joints , i told him please do , and fifteen minutes later the headaches were gone and haven t come back , but i do still have occipital neuralgia , which is very evident now , thought that the neurologist was off , but turns out he was right on the money with that , actually , it turns out that all of the doctors were not really wrong , just wasn t seeing the right one , until now, anyway it is good to be drug free , hope it lasts , but you need a mri and a guy who does spinal injections to read it , because apparently no one else even knows how to spot a faulty facet joint

metairieclark
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   Posted 3/11/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
probably why the chiropractor has been helping somewhat , i was reading that keeping the neck mobile helps , mine hurt so i only turned really slowly , and i couldn t even turn it as far to the right or see the ceiling , but once the joints were deadened i can turn way better now but still try to turn slower than i have to just in case ,

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   Posted 3/11/2012 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Panda, welcome to healing well. I can not say of the means of why I think you should get your daughter a full body MRI or the mods will edit my post. There is an explanation to what is going on, you just got to find it. It could be minor things or serious things. To rule out serious things, you can get a full body mri
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