7/2/07 #6 - How can I find a caring doctor for my 10 year old son?

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    How can I find a caring doctor for my 10 year old son? He has been suffering with migraines for 2 1/2 years. His symptoms vary with each migraine. The duration, frequency and severity have increased. Some of his symptoms include: pain in his right eye, slurred speech, numbness/weakness in his limbs/face, vomiting, sensitivity to light/noise, and headaches. One neurologist has diagnosed him with hemiplegic while another says post-traumatic, complicated, chronic migraines. The doctors don't seem that concerned and are just ready to see their next patient. Our GP seems aggravated that I'm always asking for a referral or test approvals by the insurance. (We are currently fighting with insurance for a complete blood work up and a MRI/MRA). I'm constantly worried when the next one will hit and how bad it will be. After a really bad one, he can't do basic math skills and sometimes he will drag his leg. He says, "It's like I have to learn how to walk and talk again." It's heartbreaking. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Yvonne.

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    Answer:

    Dear Yvonne;

    It’s time to take your son to a pediatric headache and Migraine specialist. Headache and Migraine can be rather different in children than adults, and their age and size needs to be taken into account when making treatment decisions. It may mean some travel for you, but it will be worth it to get your son the care he needs and deserves. There’s a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: July 02, 2007