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14 with severe headaches

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  • Posted By: CarlaCampbell
  • January 12, 2009
  • 04:46 PM

My 14 year old daughter get these horrible headaches. They start with tunnel vision, goes quickly to dizziness, she has to lay down. About 20-30 mins later, she throws up, goes back to sleep for about 30-45 mins and when she wakes up, she is fine, like nothing ever happened. I am very concerned.

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  • MRI may help put a diagnosis
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 05:06 PM
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  • How frequent are these headaches? Are they one sided or on both sides of head? How is her period? Is it regular, or does she have a lot of PMS symptoms and painful periods? How much pure plain water does she drink daily? What is her diet like? Does she skip meals? Does she eat well? Does she have any numbness in her hands and feet? Lightheadedness before or after these episodes? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 05:36 PM
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  • How frequent are these headaches? Are they one sided or on both sides of head? How is her period? Is it regular, or does she have a lot of PMS symptoms and painful periods? How much pure plain water does she drink daily? What is her diet like? Does she skip meals? Does she eat well?Does she have any numbness in her hands and feet? Lightheadedness before or after these episodes? DOM she has had maybe 6-7 in the past 18 months...not too many. She says it is her whole head. Her periods are regular, and regular PMS. She says she rarely has cramps. She has never been big on water, I push that as much as I can. She has a terrible diet. Like any teenager, she'd rather have chips than meat. I force that issue as well. No numbness in her hands or feet. She says she is fine afterwards as long as she doesnt concentrate on how her head feels.
    CarlaCampbell 5 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 06:02 PM
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  • How frequent are these headaches? Are they one sided or on both sides of head? How is her period? Is it regular, or does she have a lot of PMS symptoms and painful periods? How much pure plain water does she drink daily? What is her diet like? Does she skip meals? Does she eat well?Does she have any numbness in her hands and feet? Lightheadedness before or after these episodes? DOM *************************************she has had probably 6-7 in the past 18 months, not many but concerning. She has never really said if it is one side or the other, just her whole head. her periods are normal and regular, not much PMS or cramps. She wont drink much water, I have to push it. She has a teenagers diet, rather have chips than meat. She isnt a meat person. Other than that she eats pretty good. she has never said anything about numbness or being lightheaded before or after. They seem to hit fast and go away fast. Every one keeps saying migraines, but I just dont feel like that is it. I could be wrong.
    CarlaCampbell 5 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 06:42 PM
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  • i would say: they are connected to hormone changes - see a doctoreating patternsstress/anxiety disorder
    STUDENTNURSEAIMEE 15 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 08:30 PM
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  • It sounds like classic migraine headaches.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 08:46 PM
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  • if they were migraines, which I have had many of, wouldnt she have some sort of lingering effects, like feeling ill or sensitivity to light or sound. Ive never had one just go away with no sign within 2 hours. Mine always last at least a day to 3 days. I have had brain surgery, which is probably why I am so concerned. My headaches were chalked up as "just headaches" for 4 years, I eventually had to have brain surgery.
    CarlaCampbell 5 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 08:55 PM
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  • if they were migraines, which I have had many of, wouldnt she have some sort of lingering effects, like feeling ill or sensitivity to light or sound. Ive never had one just go away with no sign within 2 hours. Mine always last at least a day to 3 days. I have had brain surgery, which is probably why I am so concerned. My headaches were chalked up as "just headaches" for 4 years, I eventually had to have brain surgery. Migraines differ from person to person...they could be migraines or they could be tension headaches. You need to get your daughter on a good food based multivitamin. Also would be helpful to check her B12 levels - this is a serum blood test, that will give you her B12 level. Do you know if she had this done and what the number was? Dehydration is one of the leading causes of headaches, as well as joint pain. Think about it - we are mostly made of water, and we need to replenish this throughout the day. Please try to get her to drink more water. Also, if she drinks caffeinated sodas that will cause her to be further dehydrated. Migraine headaches at this age are often caused by hormonal changes, like a previous poster stated. I don't think this warrants getting her on bc pills, as this would open up another can of worms IMO. Supplementation and increasing water intake and trying to improve her diet should help her health in general. My last comment would be to try acupuncture as it is brilliant for migraines! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 01:29 AM
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  • Migraines differ from person to person...they could be migraines or they could be tension headaches. You need to get your daughter on a good food based multivitamin. Also would be helpful to check her B12 levels - this is a serum blood test, that will give you her B12 level. Do you know if she had this done and what the number was? Dehydration is one of the leading causes of headaches, as well as joint pain. Think about it - we are mostly made of water, and we need to replenish this throughout the day. Please try to get her to drink more water. Also, if she drinks caffeinated sodas that will cause her to be further dehydrated. Migraine headaches at this age are often caused by hormonal changes, like a previous poster stated. I don't think this warrants getting her on bc pills, as this would open up another can of worms IMO. Supplementation and increasing water intake and trying to improve her diet should help her health in general. My last comment would be to try acupuncture as it is brilliant for migraines! Best wishesDOM I am not sure of the B12 question, I will have to ask. I realize I am probably just freaking out and she will be okay when her hormones straighten out, but as she is my miracle baby, I was never supposed to have children, I would never be able to live with myself if I ignored it and something happened to her. Thank you all for all the advise, it has been very helpful and has given me different ways to look.
    CarlaCampbell 5 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 01:21 PM
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  • I suffer from migraines, and have so since I was 17. That is what it sounds like, something to look into anyway. My daughter is 15 and complains of bad headaches when it is that time of month.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 04:15 PM
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