16 Year Old With Daily Headaches

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Asked by Lynette

16 Year Old With Daily Headaches

16 year old daughter having headaches for around the past year and a half. thought sinus related at first, but CT was normal. Got off Ibuprofen and swithced to tylenol which doesn't do much for the headache. Suffered first migraine before Thanksgiving and ended up in the ER; head CT normal.... got shot of Imitrex and toradol. helped a bit with the migraine but headache still continues..... seems to be located on forehead area. She hates to take any meds because she doesn't want to be told she is "over-medicating, which is what we were told initially. Missing lots of school..........any ideas??

Answer

Hi Lynette,

If your daughter is taking certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or abortive meds such as triptans or any kind of pain med more than two days a week, a big part of her problem may well be medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this. If she is in an MOH situation, nothing she takes is going work, neither prescription nor "natural" medications nor over-the-counter. If that's the case, she needs to work with her doctor to stop the medications causing the problem.

What does your daughter's doctor say about all this? If her doctor isn't able to help her, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. 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 she needs help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

Has she every kept a Migraine diary? Trigger identification and management is an important part of Migraine management and preventing Migraines. Your daughter may have some triggers that can be avoided, thus preventing Migraines brought on by those triggers. Does she know what any of her triggers are? When working to identify triggers one of the best tools is a good Migraine diary. She can read more about this and download a free diary workbook in our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary.

I hope this helps,

Nancy