Daughter with daily headaches following accidents?

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    my daughter was involved in 3 accidents in one night while coming home with a relative of hers. that was back in October and she is still having headaches every day, having to take Tylenol at least once a day. Her doctor saw her a day after the accidents and took x-rays and there was no bones broke . However she also has numbness of her left arm. He asked me if I thought maybe it was symptoms of multiple sclerosis. (I have both chronic progressive and relapsing remitting ms tendencies since I was 16.) But he doesn’t want her to see a neurologist yet. I am worried about the headaches though. I think for a 13 year old to have headaches everyday isn’t normal. The car accidents were not minor- the driver was taking medication and shouldn’t have been driving. Will she get rid of these headaches any time soon? George.

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    Dear George;

     

    Your questions are excellent but unanswerable. Certainly, whiplash-type injury can set off headaches and can injure the neck with symptoms showing in the upper arms or hands. MS typically doesn’t run in families, or at least that would be very uncommon. Take her to a headache specialist for proper treatment of the headaches, as they can behave like Migraines and often won’t respond to simple pain relievers. In fact, the Tylenol she's taking could actually be making matters worse by causing other headaches called medication overuse headaches See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this..

     

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Published On: October 02, 2009