10/22/07 #6 - Daughter with terrible pain in the left side of her head?

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My 6 year old daughter has been complaining of a terrible pain in the left side of her head (Temple area) she had this headache a few weeks ago and also the last 3 mornings, she doesn't seem to have any other symptoms other than also complaining of a stomach ache, but they don't necessarily coincide with each other, she had an MRI about 8-9 Months ago and it came out clean. Is there anything you can recommend? I can't find much on headaches in Children.

Thank you in advance, Michaela.


Dear Michaela;

Sometimes, children this young have symptoms that they don't recognize and tell you about. A parent's observations are as important as what the child says. When she has a headache or stomach ache, does she shy away from light or noise? Sensitivity to sound or light could indicate Migraine. Is there any history of Migraines, sinus headaches, or "sick headaches" on either side of the family? Most of the time, what's thought to be sinus headache is actually Migraine.

The episodes of stomach ache could be abdominal Migraine or acephalgic Migraine.

It's impossible to make specific recommendations via the internet, but we can recommend that you observe her very closely, make notes of your observations, and take her back to her doctor. It will also be helpful for the doctor to know if there's a family history of Migraine or possible Migraine.

An MRI usually is "clean" with Migraine and most other headache disorders. It's good to have had one to rule out things such as aneurysm and tumor.

If her doctor can't figure this out, you may want to consult a pediatric Migraine and headache specialist. There's a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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