Worried About My Young Daughter

I had my first migraine when I was 18. They didn’t start chronically until about 3 years ago, at age 39. I have 4 kids: 21, 19, 17, and 7. None of my older kids ever had a headache until after puberty, and, even then, they were either from PMS, not enough sleep, etc. You know, “normal” ones that went away with a couple of Tylenol.

My youngest, however, started getting headaches at age 5, the first one being a doozy. She was dizzy, couldn’t even get up. I had to give her 2 children’s Motrin and a cold pack for quite a while before she got relief. She had cold symptoms the next day. Thereafter, it seemed that every headache she had (none as bad as the first), were followed by colds. So, while her headaches worried me, I assumed they were just part of her school-of-germs illnesses. However, lately she’s been getting them with no sicknesses following behind. Thankfully, it only takes some children’s pain reliever, or even only a cold pack, and lying down for a while to help. Regardless, I’ve decided, because I have a family history of migraines, to start journaling her headaches, much as I do my own. I’m going to take her to a chiropractors of see if that helps, and also an opthamologist to see if there are any deeper issues to address. I want to have my bases covered before I go to her pediatrician who may say to just keep doing what I’m already doing.

Even when she doesn’t have a headache, she sometimes says that her eyes are blurry and she can’t see very well. I’m pretty sure I’m seeing the beginning signs of migraines in her. My husband thinks I’m exaggerating, much like he thinks about my own migraines. But…I see them coming. Since I’ve been getting emails from migraine.com, I’ve read of many who have had migraines since they were that young, something I didn’t know was possible. Am I right to worry that she may be on the road to Migraine City? Or should I just relax and assume that it’s just part of her particular makeup to have headaches? I can’t stand the thought that the migraines that I suffer through could be her future.

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