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Full Question: My mother in law, 87 years old, never had migraines has developed a symptom that makes me wonder. She says she has an extremely tender spot at the back of her head that burns and is very painful. She has been concerned and hurt enough to get a MRI and CT scan done, which isn't like her at all. I'm wondering if it could be a symptom of a migraine without the headache.
Teri told me there could be symptoms like that without the headache and that popped in my mind as soon as my MIL told me she was suffering terrible with this. I asked her if it felt like someone had pulled her hair really hard for a long time and she said yes. The MRI and CT scan showed absolutely nothing. Sounds like a nerve problem to me but remembering what Teri had said I wanted to ask the Clinician if it could be this. Thank you, Cynthia.
The question is an interesting one as elders sometimes will have head pain without headaches per se. Certainl...
Not all forms of communication can be heard which is why pain is difficult to spot in children. Young infants cannot say, "Hey mom, my head hurts." Toddlers may not have learned the word for pain yet. And teenagers may not be speaking to you at all. If complaints of pain cannot be heard, a caregiver for children must be on the lookout for other signs that pain is affecting the lives of young people.
How young is pain felt or perceived by the developing brain? Pain becomes a signal in the brain before a newborn is born. Preterm neonates react to painful stimuli of a venous puncture . This reaction can be seen by special brain mapping techniques that measure changes in blood flow and oxygenation. Hospital staff in neonatal intensive care units must be on the lookout for pain. They know that when the potential for pain is present, the lack of a reliable form of communication becomes problematic.
When are other times that pain can be felt by children besides in the hospital f...
Alternative Names Aches and pains in bones; Pain - bones Home Care For unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider. Call your health care provider if Take any bone pain or tenderness very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain. What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical exam. Medical history questions may include: Location of the pain
Is the pain in the forearms, hands, lower legs, or feet ( distal extremities)? Is the pain in the main part of the arm or leg? Is the pain in the heels (calcaneal pain)? Time and pattern of the pain
When did you first notice the pain (at what age did the pain begin)? How long have you had the pain? Is it getting worse? What other symptoms do you have? Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: Blood studies (such as CBC , blood differential ) Bone x-rays , including a bone scan CT or MRI scan Hormone level studies Pituit...
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