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My 24-year-old son has been suffering from bad headaches,

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presumably migraines, for over a...
My 24-year-old son has been suffering from bad headaches, presumably migraines, for over a year. He has no symptoms of any kind other than headaches, and has been thoroughly checked out by his doctors. He has had CT scans, blood tests, and other exams and nothing has been found. He had an MRI six months ago, and there was no indication of anything wrong. Because the headaches continued, he had another MRI two months ago without going through his insurance, just paying out of his own pocket, because he was worried something had been missed. Again, nothing was found. He has been going to a headache specialist since the first of the year, who has prescribed Topiramate, but it is not doing any good. She wants him to stay on it another two months before considering something else, and he is very depressed about this, because he feels that it’s not working and he wants to try something else. Now he wants to have another MRI, because the headaches are not getting better, and he worries that even though nothing was found before, the headaches have continued and something might be found now. Is it a good idea for him to have another MRI, even though he has no additional symptoms and two previous MRIs have shown nothing?
Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
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Hello, I am Dr. Pennington. I am sorry your son is having such a hard time.

He has had a good work up.

I do not think he would benefit from another MRI. Absolutely not.

If he is interested in a dietary approach, I may be able to assist further.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
He would like to know about the dietary approach.
Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
 replied 2 months ago

Sometimes headaches are a manifestation of food sensitivities and vitamin depletion.

I would like to obtain a IgE and IgG food sensitivity test (blood test) and vitamin panel (NutraEval by Genova Diagnostics). Many people with headaches benefit from B2, or high dose riboflavin.

Without the above tests, the best diet is a 30 day Elimination Diet, to see if that helps. To that I add a good multi-B complex and high quality fish oil and Vitamin D liquid drops.

Attached is the diet. You can go to IFM.org and look for a functional medicine physician near you who can run these tests.

I wish your son the best.

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Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
 replied 2 months ago

Also a good Magnesium supplement helps. 100-400 mg at night time.

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