My daughter is 10 years old and has had an ongoing persistent headache for 2 months now. She has a continuous headache 24/7 and sharp stabbing pain in the center of her forehead that last from a few seconds to a minute or 2 about 50 times a day. She calls it her Harry Potter scar. The pain causes her to hyperventilate and cry out. She has missed over 20 days of school. She is in her third week of Topamax at 100 mg and her first week of indomethacin. She has had prednisone and IV treatments of reglan, toradol and ketorolac at the ER at the Children’s Hospital. Her MRI is normal and she tested negative for Lyme disease.
The funny thing is that 3 other students in her fifth grade has had migraines in the last few weeks and another girl has had a grand mal seizure with a diagnosis of benign childhood epilepsy. One girl’s migraines are also chronic. She is on a steroid and if it does not resolve the migraine she will be admitted for inpatient treatment. She too has had IV treatment with reglan and toradol. I am not sure about the characteristic of the migraines in the other two students.
My question is: Is it possible that there is something in the classroom that is causing such severe migraines? My daughter has barely been to school so she has not been exposed to the classroom for a while now. Or is it possible it is something viral? I asked the neurologist and he did not think it was viral since she does not have any other symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, rashes etc… I am just curious if the collective knowledge of this forum has any ideas what may be causing what seemingly is an epidemic of migraines and neurological issues in children. I understand that fifth graders are hormonal but this is ridiculous.
I also wanted to give a shout out to this website for helping navigate the school system and getting accommodations put in place under Section 504 and homebound tutoring from the school district until we get these migraines under control.