How long has the longest migraine lasted in your child with only a few hours or...
Wow Liz your son sounds like mine today. We have missed everyday but two days in the last two weeks
Not a migraine but my sons chronic everyday headache is past 3 years now.
Mine is 3 yrs old and had multiple last summer that lasted either 10 or 23 days with 2-3 days of relief in between. We had a lot of 10 days and I think two of the 23 days.
Are you familiar with rebound headaches? Also, one of my sons triggers is the schools lunch. It might sound crazy but nitrates in the food set his migraines off.
One thing I am questioning about last summer was rebound migraines bc of Tylenol/ibuprofen. Her neurologist told me to give it to her at the first sign and as instructed until gone. Her pediatrician said the same. I saw in this group that use of pain killers can cause rebound migraines. After we went to a pediatric headache specialist who also didn't mention it, we saw it on one of his pamphlets. She gets a nap/rest in a dark room and Gatorade if she won't drink anything else. Even though she was on preventatives then, she is now on two different ones. Between those and rest/hydration and staying away from known triggers, she has only had headaches and a few days of her paresthesia symptoms this summer.
If mine has too many days of hotdogs/chicken nuggets she does the same.
The rule of thumb that Mayo Clinic told me was not to give any medicine more then twice in a week. I was also told not to give Tylenol as it can eventually cause liver damage and it is not strong enough for a migraine. We use excedrin 2 days in a week, ibuprofen up to 2 days in a week and imitrex up to 2 days per week. I wasn't sure about the rebound headaches but I am a firm believer in it now. I always have my son rate them on a scale of 1-10. If it is a 4-5 he gets excedrin, 2-3 ibuprofen and 6 plus imitrex. It was hard at first but I am use to it now. Everyday when I picked my son up from school he would have a migraine if he ate the schools lunch. My son told the dr how they would come on immediately after lunch. The dr at Mayo Clinic was the one who explained how nitrates are a trigger for some. I am a firm believer in avoiding nitrates now. This can require some research as so many lunchmeats contain them.
Xxxxxxx YzzzzzzDuncan hot dogs kill my son. I haven't looked at his chicken nuggets. I will look at these tomorrow. Please be nitrate free.
I am a peds nurse, and since my daughter is so young she can't use a # scale yet, but, we use a faces scale in the hospitals, so that's what I use. She can finally easily show me which one she is hurting. One day she pointed at a 6 and said, "but I'm not crying". Made me want to cry thinking back to the pain that made her literally sleep all but a few hrs a day or have seizure like episodes.
I pack his lunches but, he has had nuggets recently.
Well I guess a half of day of school isn't happening. I went to wake him up and he was in tears. Can't open his eyes right now. Plus, under his eyes are black again. Do you guys notice black under eyes with migraines?
Have you taken him to the ER yet? Or asked the dr about a home cocktail? Mine gave us oral reglan, Benadryl and naproxen to take all at once. It would work sometimes. Naproxen won't be enough but it's all she could have. It may be worth a trip to the ER or Drs office.
We are at the ER now.
He looks freaky the way he's covered himself up
They just got us back to a room
Ange...hope your son gets some relief. Mine woke up same way with a migraine and spiking over 10 at moments. No school for us either. Hope the E.R. helps.
Can they turn the lights off for him?
We left. We are at the pediatrician now. The dr was a joke.