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My daughter is 16. She has always been active in sports and school. In july she began getting headaches. They were so bad, she could not get up. At the beginning of august, the pain was so severe and the symptoms were growing. She had chest pain and severe joint pain. She was hospitalized for three days. They ran every blood test imaginable. They could not tell me what the problem was. She now is still having tremendous headaches and is taking imitrex daily. The maximum dose is 8 tablets a day she is taking 6 to 8 each day. She has no energy and just wants to lie around all day. She wakes up with a headache goes to bed with one as well. She has had an mri of her head and nothing. I am at the end of my rope. If anyone can give me advice as what to do I would be ever grateful.
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replied January 31st, 2004
Migraines
Hi my name is laura and I have been suffering from migraines since I was 12, I am now 18 and still have found no cure. At the age of 12 I became so tired I could only get up to go to the toilet and the migraines I was suffering from were so intense I felt like hitting my head off a brick wall. I too was once sporty but this all had to stop.

Does your daughter suffer from seizures or seem like she daydreams or stares into space or does her fingers or eyes occasionally twitch? If so she could have epilepsy. I am now not as tired as I once was but still get the headaches, I would recommend asking your doctor to refer you to a neurologist, these people specialise with problems in the brain. This is the process I am currently going through and although it sounds scary when I mention the brain their is nothing to worry about. I am sure you will find something that helps.


Hope this was some use to you

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replied February 5th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
My daughter started getting some similar symptoms at age 13 & we found it was due to a severe allergy to abything remotely petroleum based - petrol, oil, vaseline, many perfumes, cleansers etc etc etc - we discovered the cause after we bought her an entire bedroom suite of solid wood (they'd used a petroleum based "thing" in finishing it!! It was 6 months before we decontaminated the furniture & she was able to go back into her room).

Recently we weent into a shopping centre & separated to do 2 different things & 10 mins tops later when I got back to the car she was standing banging her head against the window because that was less painful than the ehadache the chemicals I hadn't really even smelt had caused her, not to mention, nausea, rashes, cramps, & itches that make her bite at her skin.

I do think you need to rule out neurological possibilities & also hormonal (at her age any hormonal imbalance no matter how slight may be enough to make things worse even if they don't actually cause them). But don't rule out allergies either.
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replied March 13th, 2004
Nose Operation
Hello to all,
i have migraines already for years too. At first I related them to hormonal stuff. Now I am not so sure anymore. I have all kinds of triggers, all the fun things (cofee, chocolate... Even movies -light-.) Sad now I was asured that a nose operation might stop them. I am about to go through it. It might serve to have a checkup of the bone that separates the nosetrills? Question
good luck
shulamit
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replied September 17th, 2009
Migraines
HI,

I have been suffering regularly from Migraines from the age of about 13 and the reason I get them can only be one thing, STRESS and ANTIDEPRESANTS!!!! During my teenage years I was overweight and found it difficult to make friends at school which made me depressed and my GP prescribed me with a course of antidepresents that lasted 3 months. When i came off the dosage i began to feel nausias alot for apparently no reason but never had a headache or threw up. One day on the school bus i was hapilly staring out the window when I began to see tiny "electric" dots in my field of vision that quickly multiplied until after about 5mins I had completely lost all vision in my left eye, then i threw up and boy was it embaressing. I am now 22 and get a migraine at least twice a month which can leave me bed ridden for up to 48 hours at a time and the cause for this as I have now lost my "puppy fat" is simply stress from work. If your job is stressful and you suffer from migraines with impaired vision then go see your GP immediately as off the shelf meds will not help you at all. Before i got my prescription i was taking 3 nurofen, 3 times a day and they simply didn't do a thing. Now at the first sign of a migraine attack i do the following and would ask anyone to give it a shot as it really works for me all the time and reduces the time that i'm immobalized.

Lay a nice big bath / beach towel (rough side up) on your bed to lay on top of when under the duvet or if your like me and you roll around when you sleep use a couple of towels side by side. Then take your meds and make sure you have a big bottle of water by your bed and you have turned off your phone and told anyone in your house that you do not want to be disturbed no matter what (unless the house is on fire.lol). Finally get a flannel and cover it with cold tap water , squeeze out the exsess, turn off all the lights in the room, shut the curtains and get that flannel on your forehead. I guarantee that you will get to sleep and sleep for ages. It's normally at least ten hours for me and when i wake up the migraine is gone and i just feel starving hungry. when you wake up drink plenty of water and if you do for what ever reason get another headache coming on do not hit your head from the pain (i used to do it out of sheer anger and frustration but it only makes it worse, kind of obvious really).

Remember, millions of people get headaches every day and think that a migraine is just a severe headache but it is not. Migraines immobilize people and make them throw up with little warning so if you are at work and you know you have one coming on. Get your self home as soon as possible and don't throw up on the bus like i did Wink

Liam
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replied August 22nd, 2010
Why Do I Keep Having Migraines?
I was very involved with sports and school activities and I never ever got headaches. But since I was about 12 I've had severe migraines. I've seen doctors and had MRI's but nobody seems to know what it is. I personally think it's hormonal, though nobody else in my family has any problems with it. My older brother suffered with migraines and numbness and they found out he had Moyamoya Syndrome, and he had to get brain surgery. The doctors couldn't seem to find anything in my head. Often times I experience numbness everywhere in my body, and I always feel nauseous. I'm also not allowed, on doctors orders, to have any kind of pain killer or migraine medicine, like Tylenol or Advil. I'm 16 now and It's not getting any better, and I just don't know how to deal with it. All I can really do is pray and keep living my life I guess.
- Rachel
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replied June 1st, 2011
I have migraines also, I am 23...Mine are so bad my doctor prescribed me injections to take at home..they showed me how to do them and my husband....i also take Relapex( i don't know if that's spelled right) its 25$ a pill if your insurance doesn't pay. They dont make a generic but when I take it with in 20 min. my headache is gone but i only get 8 pills a month... so ask your doc about that
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replied August 25th, 2010
Experienced User
Hi Rachel,

I can understand your concern. Many young ones have suffered much the same as you at the age of 12 years. The sad thing about it all most schools these days have Wi Fi installations in them, and are the very thing that causes what you are suffering from. All your symptoms are the same as Wi Fi, Microwave, Radio, and Electro Magnetic Radiation Sensitivity sickness.

If you have a DECT phone, cell phone, or wireless computer set up in your house or bedroom will also cause these symptoms.
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replied November 6th, 2010
Migrains or something els?
Im 17 i play sports im not lazy im well rounded and december of last year i couldn't sleep well a few hours a night. Then a few weeks later i started getting migraines so painful i just wanted to scream and cry. I had never realy had migrains like this befor in fact i had hardly ever gotten them befor. Once i had the migrain it was there from the moment i woke up to when i went to bed. For almost a year now i've had these nonstop migrains that give me no releif. Nothing helps ive had an MRI done they came up with nothing. The doctor put me on topamax at first it started to help ease the pain but not quiet enough so he upped my dosage this didnt help eather. After a months they started to get worse it was getting to be 1-10 on a pain scale it would be a 9.99 so i stopped takeing them. I still havent found a cure.

what makes them worse for me or to exstrem intencity ia; light, noise, working out, musica. most of the time my migrains just get worse whenever and ive tryed to see if there has been a pattren there isn't. When they do get exscrushateing they make me cry and crying doesn't help. i've sat there and hit my head against thing because yes that hurt alot worse then my migrain. befor ive want to rip my head off so i wouldn't have to feel it. my body hurts all the time and i can hardly sleep at times my migrains wont let me sleep till i litrely pass out for exostion.
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replied March 20th, 2011
I too have been suffering from a chronic headache for almost two years. I have had MRIs done on my neck and head. Both came back inconclusive. I have taken 3 cortizone shots last year with no help. I am currently taking topomax at 150 mg. I have seen two nuerologists with limited results. I work two jobs and is very hard to both with a headache every waking moment. I also get these impulses at night that shoot up the back of my neck. I don't get very often but they hurt so much. Like many people here. I just want one day without a headache. Just one.
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replied March 20th, 2011
Experienced User
Hello to you all.
I know the feeling. I used to get headaches so bad that I would tie a scarf on my forehead as tight as I could.
So many x-rays were taken that my head would glow in the dark. Smile (j/k) What I suggest is: Make sure you eat something for breakfast, even just toast. Coffee either helps or makes it worse. Never skip breakfast. What I do when I have a headache, I drink tea(orange pekoe)with a slice of lemon and little sugar and/or I hold the back of my neck with one hand, applying some pressure to both sides. I hold it like that for 20 seconds +-, then release for a few seconds and then repeat. What this does, it decreases the flow of blood to the head, so, if you're gonna try it, don't hold the pressure too long. It usualy works. Also it helps by exercising the shoulders in a rotating motion, forward and backwards. Watch what you eat/drink. Greasy food & cold drinks seems to trigger it for me. May you all get well and forget what a headache feels like. TC. T.
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replied October 15th, 2011
I've been suffering from headaches for weeks now, I don't think they are migraines but they do bother me a lot, I've been taking advil everyday and I don't think that's good, I'm so frustated that I cry everytime I feel a headache coming and I'm paranoid the whole day afraid of upcoming headaches (which always come), what should I do? is this stress?? depression? paranoia? am I maybe exaggerating every tiny feeling on my head? sometimes I feel "little pains" on my head (like pinchs) which last half a second, I don't know... how does a "normal" head feels????
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replied December 1st, 2011
hi im 13 too and lately ive been suffering from bad headaches so bad i felt like blacking out everytime i got up these will come at random moments and will last throughout the day until i went to bed im wanting to know if theres anything i should do to ease these headaches if anyones found something that works ive tried paracetomol but it dosnt seem to work, my mum thinks their period pains but i think its happened for to long it feels like my head being sliced with a knife its so painful, i wasnt very sporty but sometimes i cant even go to the toilet in time with them ive been sick but now thats feeling better but my headaches arnt, can anyone tell me what to do because im not to sure ive taken a week off school so far and itll have to be longer if i cant find out whats wrong i cant even get into the car to go down to the doctors please help
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replied December 1st, 2011
hi im 13 too and lately ive been suffering from bad headaches so bad i felt like blacking out everytime i got up these will come at random moments and will last throughout the day until i went to bed im wanting to know if theres anything i should do to ease these headaches if anyones found something that works ive tried paracetomol but it dosnt seem to work, my mum thinks their period pains but i think its happened for to long it feels like my head being sliced with a knife its so painful, i wasnt very sporty but sometimes i cant even go to the toilet in time with them ive been sick but now thats feeling better but my headaches arnt, can anyone tell me what to do because im not to sure ive taken a week off school so far and itll have to be longer if i cant find out whats wrong i cant even get into the car to go down to the doctors please help
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replied December 14th, 2011
Migraines
Hi, I am 15 and I've been having Migraines at least once a week now for a while, this worries me, what is wrong with me?
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replied December 14th, 2011
Hello to all

I have been suffering with SEVERE headaches since the age of nine (current age 36) I get a headache EVERY day. I have been to so many doctors in the past. So many CT scans, MRI's etc... and even had a brain tumor removed. Only recently I've discovered (what i call a life saver) a way to lessen my headaches. I've found that most of my headaches were caused from eating the foods of today. (chemicals, MSG, Aspartame, etc.) I went on a 30 day detox cleanse that my cousin recommend I try (because it completely got rid of her headaches) and after that I really felt great. Headaches are so much better, and I even have the energy to play with my 3 year old son for the first time. So to everyone, watch what you consume and even keep a log if possible. Even some "Healthy" foods contain chemicals. Watch for Sweeteners, wheat and gluten! And I strongly recommend going on a detox cleanse to get rid of the garbage in your body.
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replied January 16th, 2012
Hey there, It all started when I was ten. I would get headaches from time to time, but it didn't bother me because they were mild. Then they got more frequent, and stronger. I'm twelve now, and I and constantly in pain because of these things. If anyone has a Home-Remedy for this, please reply. Thanks
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replied May 28th, 2012
HEADACHE
Those of you that have headaches that don't go away and get dizzy, research a syndrome called POTS (Posterial Orthastatic Tachocardia). Good Luck
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