Lake City, Minn. - More than 28 million Americans — three times more women than men — suffer from migraine, a type of headache that’s often severe. Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician Rachel Batdorf, M.D., says, "Although any head pain can be miserable, migraines are often disabling." In about 15 percent of cases, these painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. [...]
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Mi hija de 16 años ha tenido durante el último año dolores de cabeza que van y vienen. El ibuprofeno parece ayudarla y ella dice que los dolores de cabeza no son fuertes, pero me preocupa la frecuencia. ¿Cuál es la causa de los dolores de cabeza recurrentes en los adolescentes?
Los dolores de cabeza son comunes en los adolescentes y en la mayoría de casos, no son síntomas de un problema médico grande; pero cuando los dolores de cabeza continúan, es mejor evaluar la situación. Además, se puede adoptar en casa ciertas medidas para ayudar a reducir los dolores de cabeza.
Existen varios tipos de dolor de cabeza. Dos de los más comunes son los dolores de cabeza por tensión y las migrañas. Los dolores de cabeza por tensión generalmente se describen como la sensación de tener colocada una cinta apretada en la cabeza, a diferencia de las migrañas que suelen ocasionar intensas pulsaciones en un lado de la cabeza y pueden presentarse acompañadas por náuseas, vómito y sensibilidad a la luz y al sonido.
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 16-year-old granddaughter was recently diagnosed with a low white blood cell count after going to the ER twice with a migraine headache, vomiting and temporary loss of sight. What could cause a low white blood cell count in someone her age? I am worried it’s something serious and am wondering what other tests should be done.
ANSWER: Many diseases and conditions can lead to a low white blood cell count. It is difficult to say what the specific cause might be in your granddaughter’s situation without more information. It is unlikely that the low count is related to her migraine and other symptoms. It would be wise to do another blood test to see if the problem persists. Her doctor can then decide if she needs to be evaluated further.
Blood has a number of components. In addition to white blood cells, which fight infection, red blood cells carry oxygen and platelets help blood clot. Bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside bones, makes the blood cells. [...]
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter, 16, has had headaches off and on for the past year. Ibuprofen seems to help, and she says the headaches are not severe. But I am concerned that they are so frequent. What could be the cause of recurring headaches in teens?
ANSWER: Headaches in teens are common. In most cases, they are not symptoms of a larger medical problem. But when headaches continue, it is a good idea to have them evaluated. There also are steps to take at home that may help reduce headaches.
There are many kinds of headaches. Two of the most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. Tension headaches are often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. A migraine headache usually causes intense throbbing on one side of the head. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. [...]
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We have all experienced the annoying, relentless and throbbing pain associated with a headache. They can slow us down or even bring us to a complete stop. However, did you know that there are several different types of headaches, and knowing the type you've got can be the first step in effectively treating it?