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My girl has migraine?
Posted By SLK on Thursday, September 9, 2010   { 6 Comment(s) }
My threshold of pain is reasonably good, in fact it’s very good BUT when it comes to a bad migraine I just don’t know how to handle it. Give me childbirth and I will breeze through it (Ok fine, the epidural helps) but although I’m a chronic migraine sufferer and I’ve known migraine since I started middle school and I do (and should) know how to live with it by now, this is one kind of pain I cannot absolutely bear. SO, it totally BROKE my heart when KAT called me from school yesterday crying incessantly and saying that her head hurt so much on one side and that she was nauseous too. It was almost home time by now and I think it was a build up of the whole pain by this time that led her to cry (I used to do it when I was a kid).

I know this feeling too well. My heart sank. Kat is very strong – she is my big girl in school – she never cries so it must really hurt. The nurse had only called me 30 minutes ago asking me if it was okay to give her some pain reliever and I thought it was just a regular headache (sometimes when they are tired they go up to the nurse) and she agreed. Then Kat went up to her locker room and called me and cried. Her school is around 30 minutes away by car so even if I/Papa wanted to bring her back, it was simpler for her to get back in the school bus (as it was home time anyway).

Once on the school bus, I called her again but she just quickly spoke to me and said she wanted to rest as she could not bear the pain. I tried to get as much information as I could in those few bits of conversation so as to confirm it was the dreaded migraine. The symptoms were so damn similar to how I feel – the aura of a migraine, the whole nausea, the pounding on the head...Anyhow, I cancelled my physiotherapy for the knee and waited for Kat to come home (last minute cancellations never go down well – I could write a complete blog on that lady who took my call and said “I will waive the late cancellation fee this time as I have other fish to fry” – can you believe that?) I even sent Kit to the playroom so there could be some quiet for Kat when she got home.

Kat's School Bus When Kat was dropped off, I got a call from her bus matron saying that I should pick her up from the lobby as she was crying – I rushed and as is always the case, it took me ages to get to the lobby from the 41st floor. Once there, Kat was waiting for me, crying – apparently she had puked on the bus and she was crying because she was embarrassed about it – no 5th grader pukes on the bus! She was worried about having made a mess on the bus and what everybody must have thought. I hugged and comforted her. Her new backpack was all messed up and she was shaken up so we both went upstairs. After a shower, more medication and some sleep, she felt much better but pain still there – so typical. For me, it was an evening spent cleaning all the messy bits when Kat slept and thanks to a magical cleaner, her backpack is good as new and great smelling again! Her bus matron called a bit later to check on her – she’s a real star. Kat got an email from another friend so she did feel a bit ‘wanted’ in the community in the end.

I will speak to her neurologist today and see what she says. School is off today so that is great news. Kat can rest and she also has a play date later today. We’ll see how she feels. Kat says she NEVER wants to go through this pain again. When Kat was little and she would hurt her finger with a paper cut or something I would close my eyes and say: “God, take away all of Kat’s pain and give it to Mummy” and she would feel happy. I wish with all my heart this could work today...

6 Comment(s) to 'My girl has migraine?'

Expat Mum,  Chicago,  Thursday, September 9, 2010
My 17 year old suffers from migraines with aura, which makes her feel dizzy and disorientated before the big headache comes. We haven't yet figured out what triggers it although some medications do work.
This may sound ridiculously early yet but if it becomes a problem, make sure you get it documented at school and keep track of all medical visits and treatments. When she's older she may be able to get help with her exams because of her migraines but you'll need to have years of a paper trail to get the accommodations.
SLK,  House of Kit Kat,  Thursday, September 9, 2010
No, it sounds logical to me. The doctor has asked me to start maintaining a log so as to confirm the diagnosis. I should be able to convert it into some kind of medical record for future reference. Thanks for the advice. I guess these important details really do not come to mind so early on.

Its all about management of pain - I have learnt to live with it. It worries me to think now what my daughter might have to go through. What age did your daughter start having them? Is she on any medication?
Miss Behaving,  Japan,  Friday, September 10, 2010
Your poor daughter, it's such a lot to deal with.
My DD started getting migraines when she was 11. By the time she was 12 and in JHS she was getting one a month regularly. She was then able to recognise the start, silver flickering on her peripheral vision, followed by nausea, then vomiting then sleep for 12 hours.
I'm sorry I forget the name of the meds, ( I haven't forgotten they were 10$ each though lol) but they stopped the vomiting but not the nausea, she prefered to throw up and be done and then sleep, so she stopped taking them.
At about 14 .5 she started her period and has not had a migraine since. Of course I can't say the two are connected but she is 18 now, has been through some intensely stressful times re- exams etc but has had no recurrence, so I hope that she just grew out of them. I really hope you find the trigger and that your daughter grows out of them too.
SLK,  House of Kit Kat,  Friday, September 10, 2010
@Miss Behaving Thanks for the kind words. The neurologist feels all this could be hormone related and all this is just a 'wait and watch' for now.

Although they want her to have a stronger painkiller (and not Tylenol- maybe Motrin for now) when she first senses one coming on, they do not want to start on any meds as of yet. Also, as she already takes Keppra for her night seizures, they cannot prescribe anything to settle the nausea as that lowers her seizure threshold. I just pray that she will grow out of it too.

I am so happy for your daughter. It must have been such a relief. God bless her.
BECKICKLESIE,  Lancashire,  Friday, September 10, 2010
Poor thing! How horrible. Especially seeing as she had to get the bus home too. I very rarely get migraines but when I do I can't do anything. She's a very brave little lady xx

Becca xx
SLK,  House of Kit Kat,  Friday, September 10, 2010
She is...I started having them when I was a kid and I remember them being a distinct part of my school years and I hated it so much - everything depended on me feeling good...I hope its better for her - I can only hope for the best.

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