September 27, 2012

Teens & Migraines


Scott: Vincent Plessel says being back in the classroom has definitely brought back his migraines.¬†They’re severe headaches that can cause nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Vincent: You can’t move. Your head gets heavy. Just want to lay down. You don’t feel like eating. You just want to rest.

Scott: Since the age of six, he’s suffered several migraines a week. And Vincent’s mom has seen how intense the headaches can get.

Cindy Plessel: I could actually see the veins in his head throbbing. That’s how bad it was.

Scott: So bad, he’d often miss out on school and playing on the soccer team.

Doctors estimate about 28% of teens experience migraines. The pressure and the stress and the beginning of the school year can be the perfect trigger for them.

Dr. Cohen: Not only the academic stress, but also the emotional and psychological stress of going into a new school often, of being with new teachers, interacting with new peers and having to manage all of that at the same time.

Scott: And the change in sleep schedules can also be a factor.

Dr. Cohen: They’re getting up at six or seven in the morning. That tremendous shift in their sleep schedule is often a big trigger for migraines.

Scott: Dr. Cohen suggests these tips for managing migraines: slowly change your sleep schedules from summer to school. Try relaxation techniques to keep stress levels down and keep a migraine diary to see what foods may trigger the headaches.

And along with a medicine and a balanced vitamin regimen he’s down to about one migraine a month.

Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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