Posted 10/6/2012 2:58 PM (GMT -6)
Hello. I hope some of you can help me figure out how my 11-year-old son and I can cope with the horrible pain he is experiencing while we search for a remedy. He is on day 13 of a horrendous tension headache. This is the first time he has experienced more than a typical occasional headache.
My son has tried to go to school a couple of times but he can't concentrate on anything. He's been spending most of his days lying on the couch watching TV trying to keep his mind off the pain. Now the neurologist wants him to stay away from screens, so he's been listening to audio books. He will sometimes be able to join in a conversation. Sometimes the pain gets so bad that he just whimpers and writhes in pain. I'm about ready to lose my mind at the loss of a normal life, I can't imagine what he's going through. Except for a few hours pain free on day 7, he has been in constant debilitating pain with no other symptoms. (We cannot figure out any reason why the headache went away and came back). Until today he's been pretty upbeat and confident that soon some thing will work. He misses his friends and wants to go back to school. He is an excellent student but not overly concerned with grades. He has no problems at school. He assures us there is nothing going on that is stressing him, aside from the headache itself.
I've made him sit outside and come on errands with me to attempt to bring some semblance of normalcy to his life and mine. I can at least leave him with people so I can get a break. But he doesn't ever get a break. Are there any other ways to at least get his mind off the pain?