I have suffered from headaches most of my childhood and some of my adult life. My son started to suffer from severe migraines starting at age 4. The number one thing we learned; most medication used to relieve headaches can - and will - cause rebound headaches when used too much.
When you daughter took took the Imitrex, was it more than once or twice a week? If so, your daughter is likely suffering from rebound headaches (headaches caused by not having the drugs). The number one rule for using medication for headaches is not to use it more than 1 - 2 times in a week.
I understand you want to take your daughter's pain away. Talk to your doctor about rebound headaches and see if it is wise to hold off a week or so without giving any headache medication. I know your child is in pain, I've been there. My son had severe headaches for 3 - 4 consecutive days after we stopped giving him pain medication. He cried and pleaded for me to give him some pills. I felt horrible by telling him he couldn't have any. One day 5 his headaches lessened. Within a month he started to revert back into a normal child with fewer and less severe headaches. Three years later he only has a few headaches a year and OTC medication usually takes care of them withing 25 minutes.
If you would like to find out more about childhood headaches please visit theheadachedetective.com. There's good information for you to look over and resources you can use to help control your daughter's headaches.
I started out taking Imitrex when I was 26 years old. In the first few months I took 4 – 6 pills a month. After a year and a half I was up to 25 – 28 pills a month. Even with the medication I was still having severe migraines with sensitivity to light, vomiting and etc.
After a 1 ½ years on Imitrex my family physician recommended preventative drugs in place of the abortive type drugs. Our drug trial took 6 months before we found one I could live with the side effects (I even passed out driving on one drug). However after using an anti depressant for two years it stopped working and I was asked if I wanted to up the dose. By the way it caused me to gain 45 pounds.
I also tried a headache specialist at $400 a visit. I was prescribed 22 different prescriptions over a three month period. These drugs kept me up at night and caused me to throw up more in a week than I had in the past year. For me it wasn’t worth it. However I would never recommend not seeing a specialist if there is any concern.
I should also mention I was also a child headache sufferer. I can remember being recommended to take over the counter sinus medications. These worked at first but made me tired. After a while when those didn’t work I started to take prescription sinus medications. I became so tired in school my grades went down. I was taken out of my accelerated classes and put into mainstream and some lower level classes. I don’t want to see anyone follow in my footsteps.
I made the no headache drug recommendation because I have tried it myself. It works. After it worked on me, I tried it with my son (with my physician’s approval). It worked again. A family friend tried it with her two daughters. It worked again. For those who may question this practice please read “Heal your Headache” by Dr David Buchholz. I think you would be hard pressed to find any book on Amazon that has as many 5 star reviews.
To the replier, at no point did I say prescription drugs are no good. I just said they can cause problems. And to let you know not all doctors believe in rebound headaches and there is no consensus between specialists on how much is too much. Again, I recommend “Heal Your Headache” by Dr Buchholz. It’s my opinion if this mother could get by without medication she would be saving herself and her daughter a lot time and possible pain. It was a suggestion to help.
As for the Headache Detective thing, Headache Detective is a way to empower parents to identify possible dietary and environmental factors that trigger headaches. It’s not a cure all, but it has made it easier for parents to help their children. If the replier was open to finding solutions they may not be quick to provide an unecessary smart comment in their follow up post. By looking at their key words I would question if they have a biased investment with drug companies.
Best wishes and good luck
Post Edited (korbnep) : 10/27/2007 6:17:37 PM (GMT-6)