14-year-old with bulging disc and "tight head band" headache?

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my 14 year old daughter has a bulging disc in her neck... this was found via mri... i dont recall any one incident that could of caused it... but she plays a lot of sports and i mean she plays hard... steals and slides in softball and very aggressive 3rd baser... for the last 3mo she has had this horrible migraine that is constantly throbbing in the back of her head and on the sides of head but low on the sides like right above her ears.. she explains it like a tight head band only in the back of her head...no med or chiro service or iv drugs administered in er work.. the pressure and pounding never stops... could it be from the disc in her neck? Dena.

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Dear Dena;

Headaches that are described as a "tight band" are often tension-type headaches, not Migraine. Has a doctor diagnosed your daughter with Migraine? Patients who have disc problems should be evaluated for cervicogenic headache. You can read more about cervicogenic headaches in _Cervicogenic Headache - The Basics _.s

That said, we can only give you information. It's impossible to say via the Internet what involvement her neck may have or if this is Migraine, cervicogenic headache, or something else. The best advice we can offer is to get your doctor to a Migraine and headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. At 14, some "regular" specialists will be willing to see her; others would suggest a pediatric specialist. Locate those nearest you and call their offices to find out. 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 our listing of ** Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists**.

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