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My grandson is 8 years old and is having pain over the left

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My grandson is 8 years old and is having pain over the left eye.The pain is intense but after Motrin and rest for about an hour subsides. The headaches happen daily and are short once treated.

Any suggestions? His father had migraine headaches as a child.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

it does sound like he is having migraines.

Dr. Rick :

here is a little info on them:

Dr. Rick :

A typical migraine headache starts with shimmering lights, often times they surround a blurry area or have dots or jaggedly lines associated with them. They tend to progressively increase in intensity and sometimes march across the visual field causing difficulty with reading. Many times this is then accompanied by nausea, irritability, sensitivity to bright lights and/or loud noises. After the onset of the lights (called scintillating scotomas), the headache typically starts and the light show tends to progressively go away.

Many people can have this migraine phenomenon without the headache; it is called an acephalgic migraine. Some people even start having these late in life, or may have had a few much earlier in life that behaved differently and haven't had any for decades and then begin to have them; this is not uncommon. A family history of migraines is often present as well.

This is nothing to worry about. It is not a sign of a more serious underlying condition, brain tumor or anything like that. If the episodes become so frequent that they are bothersome there are medicines that can be used to decrease their frequency or stop an episode once it has started.

Dr. Rick :

However, being a parent myself, in an 8 year old boy I would suggest -- at least -- a complete evaluation by a pediatrician. If she feels it is indicated a visit to a pediatric neurologist would not be out of line.

Dr. Rick :

I do not believe that the pain behind the left eye is from any type of ocular pathology at this time.

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