6 year old with migraines

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   Posted 2/10/2011 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone could help or offer me some advice. My 6 year old son has been suffering with migraines since he was about 2. At first we thought he was lactose intolerant but at about 3, we took him to the doctors and he thought they could be migraines. Since then he has had a migraine every month or so, always following exactly the same presentation - colour drains from his face, he has to lie down, he vomits, sleeps, wakes and then is fine. However, about two months ago he started complaining of headaches that weren't migraines (he can actually differentiate between the two, but it is obvious when he is having a migraine attack due to afore-mentioned symptoms). These headaches come on suddenly but go equally as quickly and he can mention many times in one day that he has a headache. Two weeks ago we went to see the consultant paediatrician who said that he should stop eating chocolate and cheese, but this had no effect (and I didn't think it would, to be honest). Today we went back and the consultant has prescribed him Pizotifen with a follow up MRI scan. My question is, is it normally for the presentation of a migraine/headache to change? Can a child with obvious migraines suddenly develop a different type of headache? And what would they be looking for on a MRI scan?
By the way, we have ruled out other causes (problems at school, eyesight problems etc).
Many thanks for any help or advice you can offer :)

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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunworld,

Sorry to hear your son is having a rough time. To answer your questions, yes, headache and migraines can change over time. It's actually not that uncommon at all.

There's a reason that your consultant recommended cutting out the cheese and chocolates. It's believed that somewhere between one-quarter and one-third of migraineurs have at least one food trigger. Chocolate and cheese are the most common (especially at his age since he's not exposed to some of the other food triggers e.g. alcohol). You can read all about food triggers if you google: migraine elimination diet.

An MRI essentially takes a photograph of the brain. It is used to look for things like lesions, tumors and hemorages (organic). It's just standard protocol to give someone presenting with migraine an MRI or a CT, to rule these things out. It's to catch those 1 in a million cases where the migraine has an "organic" cause. I've had 2 myself. It's nothing to worry about.

Is your son taking any supplements? Medications can be real life savers for us migraineurs and so can supplements. The most common are magnesium, feverfew, butterbur (processed/filtered), vitamin B2 (or a multi B) CoQ10 and Vitamin D (this last one can help or make things worse). Ask your consultant about these. Your son would take these along with his meds.

I hope he starts feeling better soon and eventually outgrows the migraines!

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   Posted 2/11/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunworld - Are you the same Sun from CS? I'm so sorry to hear that your boy has been suffering with these headaches! I have no experience in this arena, but wanted to let you know that he is in my thoughts. I hope you and the family are doing well.


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   Posted 2/11/2011 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunworld,

So sorry to hear about what your son is going through. As EF said you can develop other types of headache, in fact you can get several types of headache at once. Sadly I know several sufferers who do.

My question is about the second lot of headaches he gets, you say he has them several times a day? Is the pain any worse with these than the migraine? How long do the attacks last? Does he have any other symptoms with the second headache such as droopy or watery eye? Is he able to describe the pain to you?

take care

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   Posted 2/12/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again sunworld. I was thinking about your son and wanted to make one more suggestion.

If you aren't already, you may want to start a migraine diary for him. This will help you to identify his triggers. It won't be perfect, since he is not keeping the journal himself, but any trigger that you can identify will certainly help his migraine situation. There are enumerable examples of how to do this online, but essentially note:

1)the time he goes to sleep and wakes up
2)what he eats at each meal
3)weather that day
4)when he gets a headache (and if he can describe it, it's qualities).
5)when he takes meds, what meds, what dosages.

I know I'm missing things, but this gives you a good idea.

I'm going to mention something even though you have ruled out triggers at school (largely because the following is a huge trigger for me). Fluorescent lighting (and even particular fluorescent lighting types) is a relatively common migraine trigger. If you think this could play a part in his migraines, I have some suggestions that you can try.
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