Hi Doctor, My 13 yr. old son started out with bronchitis in late October and at that time he had a persistent cough. By December, he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and the cough had become a habit, which he was able to get rid of. During this time (mid-December), he also started complaining of headaches so his doctor recommended we take him off his medications, which we did. However, the headaches continued, and are slowly getting worse. On a pain scale , he s gone from a 6 over the past few weeks, to now a 8 or 9. He says that the pain is only located in his forehead , and there are no other problems: vision is fine, stomach is fine, no fever. He had a CAT scan of his head (not sinuses), which was normal, and his eyes examined (also normal). We have tried several pain medications, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Naproxen , percocet , etc. We even took him to our local ER for treatment because the pain has been unbearable. They gave him morphine , which has been the only thing to offer relief so far. While at the ER, they swabbed him for the flu, and it came back positive. But he s had no other symptoms, so that remains a mystery. We re trying to get him into a neurologist, but it s very difficult -- the earliest was February, but I just got one bumped up to January 24. In the meantime, he s now taking Propanolol and Fioricet. My husband and I are desperate to help him. Can you offer any advice? Thank you.
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013