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   Posted 10/5/2005 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My 8 year old has had a headache for four days.  His headache started in the forehead area, moved to the back and sides of the head and is now on the top.  At first I thought sinus headache, until a few nights ago he was very confused and just out of it, really scared me.  I took him to the doctors the next day and he said he wants to treat it as a migraine (said he shows no signs of infection or viruses), if not better in two days he has to go back and will have more tests run.  He has already ordered blood tests. This is so hard on him and it breaks my heart.  I have never had a migraine, so I can't imagine what he is going through.  Is it normal for his head to hurt this long?  He was given Imitrex, but it's hard to give him that because when the pain is real bad he also runs a fever at the same time. Also, when it is in full force (the headache), it is after he has woke up, sleep has not seemed to help him. Any advice or anything would be greatly appreciated.  This is the first time this has happened to him.

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   Posted 10/5/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear your little fellow is in such pain.  My migraines started out at that age too.  I'm teetering on the edge of one now so I'll try to keep this short.  Keep him in bed in a cool, dark room, and keep the sound to a minimum.  A cold compress on the forehead may also feel good.  Give him whatever you usually give him when he runs a fever, maybe with some ginger ale, which is easy on a queasy stomach.  If he doesn't show significant signs of feeling better within a few minutes of taking Imitrex, DO NOT GIVE IT TO HIM AGAIN!!!! nono nono nono   I, personally, would rather have the migraine than the side effects of the Imitrex.  He may not be able to verbally tell you if he is in that much pain.

If I were you, I would study up on migraines an be as knowledgeble as possible.  Some doctors will just keep runing expensive tests because they don't know what else to do, and you don't want to end up in the poor house if it isn't necessary.  You may need to see a Neurologist if your regular doctor can't come up with a satisfactory treatment.  As far as the temperature goes, I often run a fever of about 101 degrees when I have a bad migraine.  Just thought I'd let you know.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Keep in touch and let us know how it goes.

Leigh Ann cool

"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/6/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sundrop,

Welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your son. I started to suffer from migraines about the same age, well before any of the fancy drugs. My mom had the perfect remedy(or so I thought :-) ).

She would put me in a cool dark room (curtains drawn and a sheet drawn over me with a soft pillow for my head). She would put cold compresses on my head and stay with me until I went to sleep, keeping me calm and soothed. That intense amount of pain can be scary for a child and reassurance can stop him from getting more upset.

Children's tylenol and 1/2 gravol may also help. Migraines are known to inhibit you from digesting food and medications. I find that gravol will sometimes settle my stomach enough so the medication will work. Gravol will also help him sleep and relax.

Hopefully these ideas will help a little.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.   Buddha

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