Hello! I'm a 16 year old girl and have had migraines since 7th grade, so 5 years. For the past 4 years I thought they were just normal headaches, and everyone expierenced them the same way I did so I didn't bother ever mentioning it to my parents. I would take naps everyday after school because thats the only way they would go away, but then my mom started accusing me of doing drugs -which I wasn't- because thats the only logical thing she could think of for my constant sleepiness. She eventually got over that when I told her they're just headaches and she told me we should go see a doctor. We went to my pediatrician for my yearly checkup and we mentioned the headaches and he told me thats not normal, but thats about it. The whole summer what he said was in the back of my mind and I knew I should go to a specialist to see what was up but never ended up going.

Once I got my job at the end of the summer/beginning of the school year my migraines got 10x worse. I work at a screen printing company so it's loud and hot and I use a lot of chemicals that I'm sure aren't to good for you to breathe in. Anyways, after they were getting worse I went to go see a neurologist a couple of times. The first day I went in he acted like I was just another patient and that my problem didn't seem important enough for him to deal with. He asked me about 10 questions and told me that I had migraines and that I needed an EEG to make sure nothing was wrong. I felt like he was only giving me an EEG to take our money because nothing showed up. I've been back there a couple of times with him giving me various sorts of medicine like topamax and maxalt. The last time I was there he basically said "there's nothing I can do for you." He prescribed me Fioricet and sent me on my way.

I can't quit my job because I need the money to drive to and from school/my job, and junior year of high school is super stressful because of all the standardized tests, which makes my migraines even worse. I miss school so much now that my parents think I'm faking them just to get out of going to school (I've missed about 25-30 days so far). I'm trying to look for a new job, but no one wants to hire a 16 year old with very little experience. On top of my migraines, recently I've been having these headaches like ice pick headaches but not only in my head but also my back/leg/fingers, and have had lots of times where I almost faint. I have mentioned it to my parents but they think I'm being a hypochondriac now.

I feel bad asking to go to the doctor again, even though I know I should, because my dads boss just put us on an HMO plan so I can't go back to that neurologist... not that I'd want to anyways. I eat regularly and most of the time have a scheduled sleeping plan so problems with either of those can be factored out. Am I being a hypochondriac and am somehow convincing my brain that I'm having these problems, even though I can feel them? Should I urge my parents to take me back to the doctors and have them spend lots of money on tests that could all come out negative? I don't know what to do at this point.

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