Daughter with continuing headache since 2012 injury?

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    My 15 year old daughter fell playing basketball in June 2012 she has had a continuing headache on the left side of her head. Since then we had tried physical therapy, chiropractor, nerve blocks, and a least 10 abortive and preventive medications with no relief at all we are looking for suggestions as to the next step. MRI and Cat scan so normal.

    Would a headache specialist be the best? Just would like to get her some relief even if partial. Ginger.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Ginger;


    Yes, a headache specialist is definitely in order. You didn't say what your daughter's diagnosis is, and an accurate diagnosis can't be achieved online, but one possibility to discuss with her doctor is post-traumatic headache. You can read up on this in Post-Traumatic Headache – The Basics.

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    If there's any history of Migraine or other headache disorders in your family, it's important to share that with your daughter's doctor. One reason is that Migraine is genetic, and sometimes, people don't begin having Migraines until after an injury occurs that makes them more susceptible to their triggers and may have some triggering factors itself.


    If you need help finding a specialist, there's a link below to some who have been recommended by their patients.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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    Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and  Migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and  Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert.


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Published On: April 25, 2013