Thursday, April 30, 2015

Headaches

Poor Berk.  Over the course of a couple of weeks, I was getting calls from school every day or two that he was crying and in severe pain.  I'd go to pick him up from school and discover that he didn't have a fever, but was complaining about the "top of his head hurting".  
His crying would be inconsolable, so I would take him home where he would promptly fall asleep and wake up feeling much better.  I got him in with the pediatrician a couple of times, and we tried a variety of paths to figure out exactly what was going on.  We ruled out allergies and anything eye sight related, and she referred us to a neurologist.  Her initial in-office neurology test was clear, but she wanted a specialist to see Berkley just in case.  
Ruling out those basic things left us with one assumption of what the culprit could be...migraines.
Stephen has suffered from migraines for much of his life, and so has his mom.  While he was hesitant to admit that Berk has the gene, his mom reminded him that Stephen first had a migraine around age 4!  Apparently they can show up early- especially if they run so strongly in the family.
The neurologist called in a mild migraine medication and it worked like a charm on Berkley!  Hallelujah!  While we wouldn't wish any type of illness on our boy, a migraine is most certainly a manageable one.
As soon as the medicine was in his system, I didn't get any more calls from school, and the headaches seemed to disappear.  I know we may encounter more down the road, but for now we at least have a course of action for the future.

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