- Juhi Gaikwad (name changed), a 14-year-old girl from Navi Mumbai has been experiencing severe chronic headaches on a daily basis, since the past three years.
- These recurring bouts hampered her attendance and performance at school.
- The pain was unbearable, making it difficult for her to concentrate on studies.
After repeated episodes of headaches, her parents consulted local doctors and had an MRI of her brain done, the scans however were found to be normal. Doctors had then administered her nerve block injections and medicines, yet, there was no relief. The headaches still continued, due to this, the teen stopped attending school.
Until recently, this young girl had two episodes of acute headaches when her family immediately got her to the emergency department at Hiranandani Hospital in Vashi.
Dr Pawan Ojha, Neurologist at Hiranandani Hospital, took the patient under his care. Upon initial evaluation which revealed dryness around the eye glands amongst other indicators, he anticipated the patient to be suffering from Sjögren’s syndrome.
The family consented and the test was carried out, which was positive for Sjögren’s syndrome, a rheumatologic disorder of the immune system, particularly identified with dryness of the eyes and mouth, but also known to cause meningitis.
Speaking about the case, Dr Ojha said, “After being treated for aseptic meningitis and low CSF pressure, the young girl was finally relieved of her headaches, and is now doing well. She has been successfully discharged and is on oral medication and requires regular visits for the next three months.”
The patient is now able to concentrate on studies, and has now resumed schooling and is more than content with the outcome. This case highlights the importance of seeking expert advice, as the root cause can only be accurately diagnosed and appropriate medical intervention be provided.