Migraines in young boys

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   Posted 4/20/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

I'd really appreciate some advice and any suggestions regarding migraines.. My 11 year old brother has been getting them for about the last 7 months, we've taken him to the docs several times and they have basically just said "Meh.. take these painkillers, nothing I can do, it's just a migraine." They have been getting more and more frequent in the last few months. My mum insisted and the doctor agreed to do a head scan thingy, the results of which we are still waiting for..

My mum has been keeping a food diary to see if any particular food might be triggering the migraines. The only thing we can see that he has eaten on all the days is dairy products, however on days that he hasn't had a migraine he has also had dairy products. So, either it is the dairy products and some days he's not effected by them (is that even possible??) or it's something else... *sigh*

I've heard and read that in girls around his age migraines due to hormones can be quite common but haven't been able to find anything conclusive that says the same of boys. Have any of you guys suffered from something like this? Know any good websites giving info on this?

Any advice would be really helpful since it's really very worrying

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   Posted 4/20/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My 13 yr old son has had migraines his entire life. When he was little, he would get car sick, and then when older would say he didn't feel well then throw up and then sleep. When he was around 9, he was able to verbalized it was a headache, then threw up and I immediately knew it was migraines. I took him to his pediatrician who was incredible with him! Since I also have migraines and Excedrin works well for me, the doctor told me to give him children's tylenol, children's aspirin and drink a coke or Mountain Dew. We had to adjust the amounts depending upon his weight. The doctor wasn't too upset over the aspirin as long as it's not given when there is fever present.

He's gotten really good about knowing when a migraine is coming on and the earlier he takes his meds, the better.

Also, I noticed anything he does that is jarring to the neck will trigger one. No bumper cars, trampoline or playing football. Also, he will not sleep well the day before he gets one. And he will talk in his sleep.

I'd suggest he get an xray of his neck to see if there is anything out of line. Preferably see a chiropractor. A doctor may not think anything of an unusual curvature. My son's angles to the right. I have a curve in mine.

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   Posted 4/20/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
my son started to get migraines when he was 4 yrs old with symptoms very similar to terrayfic's son. No headache (at least he didn't verbalize them), so our doc. called them "stomach migraines". When he was about 8 he would get the actual headache too. He is going on 17 now and rarely gets one but my doc. also said he could take Excedrin Migraine as long as there was no fever present. Getting the scans etc. is a good idea to rule out anything else and if they get too frequent, perhaps a preventative measure would be good?? I started getting migraines at age 11 and was on a preventative until about age 22 because I was getting several a week.

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 4/23/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad I found this post.  I think my 12 year old son is getting migraines.  I get them, but didn't start at such an early age, I was in my late 20's (now 47) and mine coincide with hormonal changes.  6 months ago he came in from playing and told me he saw lights.  Then he told me he had a headache on the right side followed my            hand and lip numbness.  I immediately suspected and sent him to lie down.  2 hours later he's fine.  This happened a couple of times.  Yesterday morning he woke up with pain in his right eye, followed by the hand numbness and lip numbness.  He  then started vomiting.  He laid around and then by late afternoon was hungry and wanted to go play.  Has anyone heard of perhaps puberty triggering them??   This certainly sounds like migraines that he is having to me.  Any thoughts?
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