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Teenager suffering with migraines

Hi all, I am a 16 year old girl living in London who has suffered migraines for six years now. I remember my first one like it was yesterday but still every time I receive an attack I am still overwhelmed by how painful it is. I have the classic aura migraine, with my eyes, hands and speech all becoming affected. The only option for me is to sleep in a dark room, and as a result I am forced to miss many days of school.This is one of my main worries as I have just started my A levels and missing lessons is a worry for me.

I have had a profile on this site for a while but have decided to share my story as I recently went to visit a migraine specialist. I am experiencing headaches every day which has not always been the case, which is also accompanied by severe neck tension and a shooting pain in the bottom of my back. The strength of my migraine attacks is also increasing, with them becoming more painful and lasting longer. The migraine specialist gave good advice but I did not feel he really sympathized with me, which is the case with most people who have not experienced migraines themselves.

The Christmas period is a busy time for me as I also celebrate my birthday 2 days after new years, and for the past 2 previous years I have experienced a migraine on my birthday and I am now worried that with these daily headaches my christmas period will be greatly affected. I would be very grateful if people could give any advice apart from the usual; sleeping patterns, eating healthily etc etc and also to hear if anyone experiences these headaches and tension symptoms! As a teenager I feel many people don’t sympathies with me and think I am jusy exaggerating a headache, so that is why I decided to share my story on here!

Wishing everyone a happy migraine free christmas and new years!

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  • jcooper
    6 years ago

    Hey Darcy, I’m the same age as you and experience migraines just the same. I also have had them since I was six and know the frustration that comes with missing a lot of school. Especially now when it’s important for our future. I have tried many different medications with no relief. Recently I’ve tried Botox and it has helped my neck. I just received my second treatment to see if it will help more. There is also always acupuncture. I am trying that next month, as well as massages. I would get an MRI to make sure it’s nothing serious but other than that I wish you luck! I know how it feels. Oh and have a good birthday, we also share the same birthday month. January is the best (;

  • Headache Mama
    6 years ago

    My teenage daughter had something similar. Please ask your doctor to consider that you may have occipital neuralgia (which means you have something compressing that nerve at the base of your skull). Sometimes ON is misdiagnosed as migraine; sometimes a person can have both ON and migraine. I hope you have a pain-free holiday!

  • Shonabrunton
    6 years ago

    Darcy unless someone has suffered or knows somone close who suffers you will never get sympathy.. To people who dont know it’s just a headache to them! I get so annoyed when people say “oh I’ve got a migraine” when really they have a headache.. Like saying I have the flu when you have a cold! I don’t know what meds you take but yes you sound like you get stressed and tensed out! Maybe you need lots of time out hot baths massage! Relaxation. I have 2 teenage sons that suffer also but their triggers are more hormonal diet and yup xbox and computers..! I hope you manage to reduce your attacks and manage a nice relaxing festive season. I’m a bah humbug so I’m just going to cancel Xmas anyway ha ha enjoy!

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