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Posted by annemarie ( on July 14, 2000 at 04:17:58:

In Reply to: Do children ever have cluster headaches? posted by Di on July 13, 2000 at 23:36:34:

Dear Di,
I do not want to squash your hopes, but the CH profile only says that MOST sufferers are male and adult. There is a growing number of female sufferers - or maybe they were not recognised before, because it was thought to be a "male" complaint.

Many male clusterheaders started out at an early age, often mid or late teens, but also before age 10. On this messageboard we have the mother of a 9 year old boy who was recently diagnosed with cluster headache. There have also been reports of 4 year olds.

Though vomiting and light sensitivity are not usually connected with cluster headaches, there are some of us whose attacks are triggered by intense light. Also in a child physiological reactions may be different.

All this must be very worrying for you. I would suggest that you take your little girl to a good neurologist asap. It might be migraines (no litle thing either for a kid, but treatable ) or CPH, a spin-off of cluster headache, with eye pains, but eminently treatable.

When you make the appointment, ask whether the doctor has any experience with headache treatment and specifically cluster headache, and very specifically children with these complaints.

Check out the medical info under the buttons on the left and print it out.

Courage, and if you need moreinformation or support, come back to this board and ask.


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