Don’t give up…

So my daughter was transfered to a larger hospital in a bigger city with the capability to test if her seizures were true or pseudo. I certainly did not hope for epilepsy, but I wanted answers. Luckily it was just a 24 hour test. She had two “seizures”. The doctors determined she did not have epilepsy. There was no obvious cause, and she was evaluated by the psychologist. No concerns psychologically. Nothing. She was released with no answers. The “spells ” as we now called them continued. She was reported to the DMV and had to stop driver’s education and continued to have headaches. I took her to the local clinic. The nurse practitioner listened empathetically- we considered hormones, migraines,  stress. She thought they were tension headaches.  She reviewed the notes from the big hospital. Oh honey, there’s nothing I can do… the notes ended with the suggestion my daughter see a psychiatrist!  They failed to mention this.  “Well kiddo, we’re going to see a psychiatrist.” And we did. After a session with Molly, I was called in. I see absolutely no concerns whatsoever. What brought you here? We ended up having a lovely conversation about his own daughter’s experience with headaches. He suggested Mt. DEW. Her life was interrupted daily with headaches and spells. I took her to a pediatric neurologist in a different hospital. There is nothing I can recommend other than over-the-counter pain relievers. I tried magnesium lotion, caffeine, massage, and was considering other options when in a moment of complete desperation and exasperation, chiropractor popped into my head. I called one within walking distance of the high school. Within the first few visits, she had relief from the headaches. It made me nervous so I decided to undergo treatments as well. It took a little while, but her spells stopped and my back pain was gone. We later determined the probable cause of her problem. Earlier that summer, she was in an accident that resulted in double whiplash.  I took her to a doctor, and she was prescribed a muscle relaxant.  A couple of months later, she was catching for her softball team and zigged when the ball zagged. Mom, I felt and heard my neck pop. I didn’t put much thought into it- she was always twisting or pulling something. I think we had her examined, but nothing showed up on the x-ray, and again muscle relaxants were prescribed. We still had some left over. Her headaches started within a month, but I did not make the connection or mention it to any doctor. Despite my own herniated disk many years before that made me literally want to die, I did not consider or take seriously her neck injuries.  Like many other people,  if it doesn’t show up on an x-ray or blood test; there is no fever or other obvious sign, is the patient just making it up? Is it an addict just looking for pain killers? Is she just seeking attention?  My experience with my daughter gave me insight and wisdom for my experience with Jake. How frustrating to know something was wrong, but not find any answers. When answers weren’t obvious- we certainly wouldn’t recommend alternative choices like a chiropractor -let’s let the psychiatrist determine if she’s crazy. Listen to your body, listen to your instincts, be polite, but don’t give up!  Don’t ever give up…

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