Last week my 14 year old complained of a headache in the morning, so I let him stay home from school. He later called me at work and told me that in addition to throwing up, he couldn’t see well from his right eye, and his fingers on his right hand were numb. When he started 7th grade last year he was sick a lot more than usual, and he had frequent headaches and stomach upsets. I remember thinking that he seemed to be getting a lot of weird stomach viruses, because after resting for an hour or two he would just bounce back to his normal self, including being able to eat whatever he wanted, and he never had a fever. But he never had these weird symptoms before.
Needless to say I came home immediately and took him to the doctor. She did a few minor tests with him, and asked if we had a history of migraines in the family (we don’t). She then said that given his symptoms and age, she thought that it was migraines, and she gave us a referral to a neurologist, which she wanted us to see within two weeks. She also said that if the symptoms recurred within 24 hours to go to the emergency room.
I tried every which way to get an appointment with the neurologist, but the earliest I could get was for June 7 (six week wait). Two days ago my son woke up and told me he had the same symptoms again. The rational part of me said “migraine – don’t panic” but the emotional part of me said “emergency room”. I really wanted a neurologist to see him and rule out something scary – the sooner the better. Westbankpapa took him and spent the whole day at Schneider Children’s Hospital (if you ever need to take your kid to the hospital, this is the one. Great medical care and facilities designed with children – and teenagers – in mind).
The bottom line was that their doctors also think that it is migraines, but they have recommended a series of tests to rule out some things. I of course hit both the internet and the phone lines, gathering all of the information I could on migraines. It turns out that his symptoms are not so weird after all, and from what a friend told me, the doctor’s don’t have a definite diagnosis for migraines – they first rule out a bunch of other things and are left with that.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thank G-d my son is taking everything in stride (“Ima, try to schedule the tests DURING school hours, ok?”) and he is able to deal with the pain with just Acamol (for now). But I’d love to find a really good doctor who can guide us in the future, if need be.