To say high school senior Valerie Silva juggled a busy schedule would be an understatement. Between volleyball practice, school, work, and homework, she was running on empty and relied heavily on caffeinated drinks to get her through her long days. Valerie soon began experiencing debilitating headaches that wouldn’t go away. They disrupted her sleep, forced her to miss volleyball practice, and eventually affected her schoolwork.
“We felt helpless,” said Valerie’s mom, Desiree.
Desiree brought Valerie in to see pediatrician Michael Nelson, MD, at Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa. Dr. Nelson ran several tests but was unable to get Valerie’s headaches under control, and referred her to pediatric neurologist Richard Kaplan, MD. He discovered that simply cutting Valerie off from caffeine and adjusting her diet cured her of her headaches.
These days, Valerie is taking it easier and her grades have shot back up. Desiree is grateful to have her daughter back and for the doctors at Kaiser Permanente. They took good care of my little girl,” she said tearfully. She was particularly touched by Dr. Nelson’s concern and personal attention. “I don’t know any doctors that pick up a phone and ask, ‘How are you doing today? How is your daughter doing? How are you doing, Mrs. Silva?’”