How Disabled is your Child with Migraine?

One of the most popular tools for measuring migraine disability is the MIDAS test.  It’s a helpful way to understand how migraine is impacting your life, and also useful to discuss with your doctor so she’ll know what treatment will be best for you.

Child Migraine - use the PedMIDAS

Did you know that there’s a MIDAS test specifically for children?  The questions are specifically designed and tested for ages 4 to 18.  It’s called the PedMIDAS (Pediatric Migraine Disability Assessment).

The PedMIDAS is designed to be administered by a parent or guardian to the child.  At the end of just a few questions, you will get a score that indicates anything from severely disabled to little or no disability.

The PedMIDAS also asks simply about headache frequency and severity, which will also be helpful for your doctor.

If your child has never taken the PedMIDAS, take a few minutes to do it now.  It’s a free download from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Be sure to read the helpful tips on the main page before actually taking the quiz (which is in pdf format):  Visit PedMIDAS download page

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  • Kim Skiba Mar 26, 2010

    I have a 14 year old daughter that has had a daily migraine since November of 2009. She is currently taking a nerve blocker and even it is not working. She has been hospitalized 3 times, tried DHE (caused heart problems) and nothing is working. It is changing who she is and as a Mom it is breaking my heart. How long should the nerve blocker take to begin working? Should I consider anti-depressents? Any advise is appreciated.

    • H Nov 26, 2013

      Kim, One of my relatives came down with a headache 3 years ago. It has not stopped. We have researched and researched. His initial
      Diagnosis was new Daily persistent headache. Now we believe that is more of a symptom than a diagnosis. He is being treated by a lyme literate doctor for lyme and co-infections (for the past 4
      Months). He continues To have the headache but there is a lot
      Of response that suggests we are on the right track in helping him get better. hope this is helpful. Blessings to your Family.

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