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Paranoid Girl
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 1/9/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all. I'm 16 years old and for the past week have been suffering from really bad headaches. It really skyrocketed saturday night when i had a pain so intense that it woke me from my sleep. I finally got my mom to take me to the ER yesterday morning -- I was freaked I had a brain tumor or something. Got a CT -- it came out clean. So they diagnosed me with a migraine and gave me some pain med. It didn't really work and I have had really bad soreness on the back of my head that hurts when I press on it. Also, I have had little "lightning bolts" in my head and numbness in my on the right side of my face and tingling in my arms and legs. basically i just want to know whether this is normal or not. ive been researching online but i feel like if i go on wikipedia one more time im gonna snap. i need some human connection, i guess. so words of support and empathy are really appreciated :-) I've tried taking advil and tylenol but nothing works and my mom won't take me to a neurologist until next week at earliest. how am i gonna make it?!

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 505
   Posted 1/9/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Paranoid Girl,

Welcome to Healing Well. I'm sorry that you're experiencing so much pain. Unfortunately I am also often woken up by migraine headaches. It is not uncommon for over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil not to take the pain away. Migraine headaches are different for everyone and it takes different medications to help different people.

Migraine headaches stop your stomach from absorbing medication which is why the medications often don't work. There are special medications created just for migraines called triptans. Examples are Zomig, Imitrex, Amerge, and many more. These come in injections, pills, rapidmelts (melt in your mouth), and inhalants. If one is having trouble with their stomach trying an alternative to pills often works.

Sometimes taking an antinauseant (Gravol in Canada) with your medication can settle your stomach so the medication can be absorbed.

The neurologist is the best person to see, especially a neurologist who specializes in headaches. When you suffer from chronic migraines, the neurologist will generally prescribe a medication or combination of medications that prevent your migraines. The neurologist will also generally give you rescue medications for when you do occassionally get a migraine such as a triptan.

Good luck and let us know how it goes at the neurologist.


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