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Forum Name: Headaches

Question: 11 year old has had migranes for 31/2 years.

 SRFnTAG - Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:38 pm

My 11 old daughter has suffered from migraines for almost 4 years. We've followed all the suggestions from her doctor. An MRI showed a "glich" over her Caratoid Artery, but the follow-up CatScan showed nothing. She complains about a headache or stomach ache almost every day. I don't know what else to do. I'm afraid she has a tumor and by the time we find out what is wrong, that I'm going to be too late . Signed, Theresa-A very concerned and scared mom.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:13 pm

User avatar Hi Theresa,

There are several approaches to this problem. First, if there is concern of a tumor, doing an MRI is the best way to find it. A normal MRI essentially excludes tumor from the list. (Tumors too small to see on an MRI would be unlikely to cause significant symptoms.)

Migraines most certainly can happen in children. Treatment is generally dependent upon how often the headaches are and what they respond to. Given that it sounds like your daughter is having very frequent migraines, it may be worthwhile considering a daily medicine to help prevent the migraines from happening. I would recommend you talk with your doctor about some of these medicines. If your primary doctor is not comfortable managing pediatric migraines, a neurologist would be the specialist to see.

Best wishes.

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