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My teenage boys migraines

My 2 boys have suffered from migraines for about 4 – 5 years now. My eldest boy is 16 and my younger boy is 14. I feel for them as I don’t know how they feel but my husband does.

They start with tingly in their hands or feet then their vision blurs then they start to panic as they know what is coming next. They then get the pain at the back of their eye and then they vomit continuously. They go to bed and they cry and cry out loud in so much pain they even ask to die it is so bad. My eldest boy is starting to control them but my younger boy panics. he asked me the other day if people think he is crazy!

I feel for my boys because they do interfere with their lives, schooling etc. I dont like them having to take codeine etc as they are high drugs but they have to take something. I end up placing my hands on their head and praying for them while they hold onto their dad’s greenstone. eventually they are able to sleep and do for hours. We can not see a pattern to what triggers them but i make sure they drink plenty of water as dehydration may have something to do with them.

I am a concerned mother that needs answers!

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  • ChrisK
    5 years ago

    When I was a boy, I started getting migraines and now, many years later, I still have to endure their wrath. But, they seemed to be much worse and significantly more frequent as a teenager. I can relate to what your boys are going through.

    There are many great medications available to those who get migraines aside from the one you’ve referenced. Have you considered talking to the boys’ doctor about the possibility of having them placed on meds specifically for migraine? If their doc isn’t familiar with treating migraines, perhaps you can have a migraine specialist examine them and recommend a treatment regimen that could include preventive and/abortive meds.

    I waited until my late 20s before looking into viable medication treatments and learned that I shouldn’t have waited so long. I could have had more control of my migraines – and my life – I believe, if I researched/took meds as early as possible. While it might not be the answer for some people with migraine, it could make all the difference for others. I encourage you speak to a medical professional about them.

    My best to your boys.

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