Posted by: Anon | 2009-05-07


I have a 14 year old daughter who has over the last 4 months been batteling with strange symtons. She get what she says are pins and needles which she feels start from her head right through her body which is accompanied with a sunden pain in the front of her head. they occur at any time of the day. usually once or twice a day. We thought it was he eyes and although has been fitted with glasses. This seems to be something else. Any advice?

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Dear Anon,

One cannot be certain from the amount of information you have provided, but some of the symptoms you have described can happen with migraine. Nevertheless, it is absolutely essential for anyone suffering from a changed or new headache to have a proper medical assessment, which should include a neurological examination. The reason for this is to make absolutely certain that there is not some serious or life threatening underlying medical condition causing the headaches. Although this is uncommon, it is essential to exclude this possibility before doing anything else.

Once this has been done, then the next part of the investigation is started. The correct way to deal with the problem is to have a proper diagnosis of the underlying causes of the headache. If these are treated, the headaches no longer occur, and it is no longer necessary to rely on potentially harmful “rescue” medication.

To get to the root of the problem, you need what is called a “multidisciplinary” assessment. There are many different structures in the head and neck, all of which can be involved in the headache process, and no single specialist can have all the knowledge necessary to make a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. For this reason, the combined the expertise of different specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, are co-ordinated into a single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables a more comprehensive treatment plan, in which all the contributing factors are addressed. This assessment must include examination to determine the presence of tension in the head and neck muscles.

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