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My 10 year old daughter…..is my hero. From the tender age of 1 year, she began suffering. Daily episodes of vomiting, weight loss and diarrhea which required constant medical care and testing. Needles, IVs, numerous specialists, endoscopies, even testing for Cystic Fibrosis. We spent countless nights praying someone would figure out what our daughter was suffering from. Finally and unfortunately, at the age of 3, our daughters health began to decline. She would become violently ill roughly 5 days a week. She could not move, would shake in pain, and was unable to speak to us to tell us what was the matter. We could not even raise her head off a pillow without her vomiting.


After a month of living in this condition, and numerous hospital visits, we as her parents observed her squeezing her head and attempting to cover her head with a bowl we had given her to be sick in. We immediately called her pediatrician and told her we thought she might be having migraines. Our daughter was admitted to the hospital for an emergency MRI and we feared the worst. A pediatric neurologist was called in and confirmed what we had suspected. Our tiny daughter was suffering from severe pediatric migraines.

Through trial and error, and detailed daily headache logs we managed to determine her worst trigger which was nitrates. We changed her diet to exclude foods high in nitrates and miraculously, her health improved from being a sickly, incapacitated child suffering 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week to roughly one episode a month.

Our daughter is now 10 years old, and with the assistance of the best pediatric neurologist ever, we have managed to have our daughter live a fairly normal childhood and have avoided conventional preventative medications. We give our daughter daily doses of vitamin D, feverfew, vitamin B1 and Magnesium. We feel blessed. To all of you who suffer, be strong, there is hope!

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Comments

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the update- that’s fantastic news!
    -Katie

  • Voyageur74 author
    5 years ago

    We are so proud to tell you all that our sweet girl actually made it to the district tack and field finals held today. She had great finishes and made it through the day without pain! Over the past year, physical activity has become a new trigger for her so this is great news for our family! Thank you for your supportive comments and I am praying for all of you. We are cautiously optimistic about her condition, our neurologist has cautioned us about hormonal surges when she hits puberty. We hope that this will not plunge her back into chronic pain. Right now, we are so happy that this year, she has been a normal kid. I have to tell you, after all of this, she has the best outlook on life and the strongest resolve of any 10 year old girl you’ve ever seen. We are thankful for her everyday!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! It’s so nice to hear a hopeful story.
    This reminds me that my parents are MY heroes for all the time they helped me as a kid (and an adult) to deal with my Migraines!
    -Katie

  • margaret
    6 years ago

    I can’t even imagine a child having to go through the pain that we’ve endured as adults. I am so happy to hear that your daughter is doing fine and has her migraines under control! What a blessed thing that you were able to help her. Thank you for sharing your story and putting things in perspective.

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