Son 12 with vertigo and Basilar Artery Migraine?

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    Help!!!  My son is 12 years old, began having true vertigo last November.  He has seen 10 doctors, and now we are with a neurologist that has had him on valium, prednisone, Antivert and verapamil.  He has had tests done at the ENT and confirmed slight damage to nerve in right inner ear and Basilar Artery Migraine.  Now we are 3 months later and no further than we were in November, except that he is no longer vomiting and is now being home schooled since he is 4 weeks behind.  The neurologist is talking about starting Topamax on Monday. Any suggestions to get my child some relief, he is now depressed and has been taken off the valium for that reason.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kimberly

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    Dear Kimberly;


    I feel for your frustration regarding your son's headaches. I'd try to see if there is a pediatric neurologist in your area who specializes in headaches. We are lucky to have one in Dallas, Dr Stephen Linder, and there aren't many in the country.


    You can find a listing of specialists, complete with their contact information, in our directory of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: December 14, 2008