Teen daughter with Migraines triggered by heat, exercise, and period?

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    My 13 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Aura Migraines.  She has had 2 episodes and they have been 40 days between them.  Her doctor told her that if she starts to see the black dots/before her vision goes dark she is suppose to take 2 tylenol and lay in a dark room.  Each time she has had these migraines it happened after she was exercising when it was hot out.  My question is will she grow out of this or will it be a life long problem? We are suppose to keep a journal and one thing I noticed is that she menstruated two days after the episode and she gets really bad cramps.  My poor child. What can I do to help?  Thanks so much! Maureen.

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    Dear Maureen;

     

    In your question, you talked about three things that can trigger Migraines -- hot weather, exercise, and the fluctuations in hormone levels caused by the menstrual cycle.

     

    There's no way to predict if she will "grow out of this." Unfortunately, only time will tell.

     

    Does the Tylenol work for her? If not, you might want to ask her doctor about Axert, which is a Migraine abortive medication that works in the brain to stop the Migrainous process and associated symptoms. You can read more about that in Axert FDA Approved for Adolescents.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: January 05, 2010