Daughter with chronic Migraine, anything to look into?

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    My daughter has been having a headache 24/7 for 4 years now. She will be 17 this spring. We have had most things done, CT and  MRI taken teeth checked, eyes, most blood values that people can think of heart checked, allergies etc etc. The doctors don't find much and most medicines we have tried. The only thing working a little is ASA but only a little bit when its worst. The doctor says chronic migraine. Is it so that we have just to accept this or is there anything that we should look into before we give up totally. She is a very strong person so she does almost everything that she wants to. She is not able to do sports though because then the headache gets worse. Best regards David.

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    Dear David;

     

    No, you and your daughter do not "have to just accept this." Absolutely not.

     

    Imaging studies such as MRI, blood tests, and other diagnostic tests are usually "normal" in Migraine patients. Doctors order them to rule out other causes of the symptoms.

     

    The good news is that although she may have tried all the preventive treatments that her doctor knows of, she's far from having tried them all. With over 100 medications and supplements in use for Migraine prevention, it would take over 25 years of trying a new medication every three months to have tried them all. You can find more information and a list of possible preventives in Migraine preventive medications: too many options to give up!

     

    It's time to to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check the Find a Health Care Specialist on the ACHE web site.

     

    Your daughter doesn't have to live like this, and truly shouldn't. Migraine can impact other aspects of health as well as the impact you see on her quality of life. The doctors she's seen may not have been able to help her, but a good Migraine specialist won't give up and will work with her until they find effective treatments.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

     

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Published On: January 28, 2014