Headaches can be a pain, especially when they become a frequent or even daily occurrence that impacts your child’s regular activities. At the Neurology Headache Clinic at Arkansas Children’s, we use a team-based approach to care and manage headaches and their symptoms.
Headaches are the most common symptom of patients with Chiari 1 malformation and they often mimic migraines. A Chiari 1 malformation happens when the lower part of the brain, called the cerebellum, pushes through into an opening for the spinal cord.
Chronic daily headache occurs when a child experiences headaches that last 4 or more hours a day every day or nearly every day. The child has at least 15 headaches days a month with no underlying medical condition.
Episodic headaches are tension headaches that happen less than 15 days a month, or migraine headaches that occur less than 15 days a month. It is important to treat episodic headaches. If left untreated, episodic migraines can become chronic.
Complicated migraine refers to migraines that cannot be specifically diagnosed. The term also refers to a severe and rare form of the headache called hemiplegic migraine.
Also called pseudotumor cerebri or “false brain tumor” this condition involves the spaces around the brain and spinal cord. These areas are filled with cerebrospinal fluid to cushion and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Migraines are headaches that cause pulsing and throbbing head pain that lasts for hours or days.
Many patients who experience a traumatic head or brain injury have persistent headaches after their injury, often for many months. These post-traumatic headaches can happen after mild, moderate and severe injuries and most closely resemble migraines.
The expert Neurology Headache Clinic providers at Arkansas Children’s are highly trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of headaches, from mild episodic headaches to headaches caused by a brain tumor.
For more information or to make an appointment with one of our providers, please call 501-364-4000 or fax a request to 501-364-5440.
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We work with you and your family to properly diagnose the underlying headache cause and find a treatment that works.
Headache treatments often involve medicines to reduce pain and to stop the headaches from happening. Mild to moderate headaches can often be addressed with
More severe headaches may require medicines used to ease or relieve nausea symptoms associated with the headaches such as anti-emetics, abortive therapies that constrict blood vessels in the brain such as triptans and daily prophylactic medicines which can prevent the headache from occurring.
Headaches can be treated in many ways that do not involve medicines. Some options include:
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