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Migrains in preschooler? update 1 & 2

Posted by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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 In the last few months my 5 year old preschooler has been having severe migrains. He throws up from the pain, screams, writhes and tries to claw his eyes out. He had another episode tonight. I don't want to freak out. He isn't scheduled to see his doctor until September, but should I make him an appointment soon?

UPDATE #1

He is scheduled for a CT scan for tomorrow morning. His doctor has him on some medication currently as well, and we will continue the medication until his doctor tells us other-wise. Thank you everyone. I'll keep you posted on what the CT says when we find out the results.

UPDATE #2

I just got the phone call from the clinic saying the results are in. He has a polyp in his sinus cavity that is blocking his sinuses from draining correctly. He will continue the medication he is on and he has a follow up with the ENT to see about removing it so that he never has these again.

I'm so glad it isn't anything more serious. Again, thank you everyone.

 

 

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Christy78
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I would make an apt for him to see his DR . for his migrains soon

quailmom
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I would definitely have him checked out.  My son, who is now 5, was diagnosed with migraines at 3.  We were sent to a neurologist and found that he also has petit mal seizures. He is on meds to control the seizures which also lessens the migraines.  It is so hard to see them in that kind of pain.  I would take him to the doctor so he doesn't have to have those nasty headaches. 

Kenre
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

 Ok. Thank you. I hope it's not sezuires.

Quoting quailmom:

I would definitely have him checked out.  My son, who is now 5, was diagnosed with migraines at 3.  We were sent to a neurologist and found that he also has petit mal seizures. He is on meds to control the seizures which also lessens the migraines.  It is so hard to see them in that kind of pain.  I would take him to the doctor so he doesn't have to have those nasty headaches. 

 

.Angelica.
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I would. I'm pretty sure it's rare for kids to get headaches, that doesn't sound good :(

Kenre
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Ok. Thank you.

Quoting .Angelica.:

I would. I'm pretty sure it's rare for kids to get headaches, that doesn't sound good :(

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Xandriasmommy
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I've had migraines sine I was 3 and no seizures (hoping that helps)! I was on a nice little cocktail for mine.

I would take him in! They are horribly painful! Good luck!!
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ScarletRose4488
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

YES.  You need to schedual an appointment and real soon.   I noticed that you have a disability thing in your signiture but since he does not see his MD until Sept I assume this is not a disabiltiy issue. 

So.... It could be a million things.  Everything from needing glasses to a food allergy to seizures to very serious conditions.  Basically, there is no way for you to know until he gets seen and even then your doctor will probably have to run a whole bunch of tests.  So be prepared for not getting answers immediatly and the testing.  

Personally, if this was my child - I would insist on a CT, eye exam, & assuming those were fine.... seeing a pediatric neurologist.   If your pediatrician does in fact think these are migraines - it is rare in children so young, though completely possible.   But still, I would insist on that specialist.   And yes, there is a difference between a pediatric neurologist and a regular neurologist. 

Also, just in case the MD gives you meds right away -- some migraine meds (and meds that they just use for migraines) have extreame side effects and most are not rated for children so side effects are unknown.   Some of these meds actually work by changing the way your brain functions or the chemicals/ hormones are produced.   You want to understand this really well.  Ask lots and lots of questions.  Then go home and do really thourough research.  In addition, many of these meds (usually daily meds) have a very serious and dangerous withdrawl component.  You can not just simply stop taking it.  Anti-inflmatories work often so you may want to ask if you can try that first.  Also, caffine can make OTC pain meds & Anti-inflmatory meds work faster.  Several of the meds have caffine - so I would ask if the meds have that caffine - and what it would mean to a 5 year old.   But also, if it doesn't have caffine and is this type of medication would it be a better risk to try the med with a little soda before going for the hardcore meds. 

Best of luck!!!!   You will be in my prayers. 

Jen
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TigerofMu
by Sonja on Feb. 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I would.  And in the meantime, start logging what he is eating, especially what he eats, drinks, or does before the pain.  Is there something triggering them that could be avoided?  You may find it's as simple as a change in diet, or it could be something more, but that might help eliminate some possibilities.

alliesmom112
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

 I would make an appointment to see his dr as soon as possible. I get migraines and they are awful.

alliesmom112
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

 This is excellent advice.

Quoting TigerofMu:

I would.  And in the meantime, start logging what he is eating, especially what he eats, drinks, or does before the pain.  Is there something triggering them that could be avoided?  You may find it's as simple as a change in diet, or it could be something more, but that might help eliminate some possibilities.

 

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