Abdominal Migraines in Children and Adults (cont.)
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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Abdominal Migraines?
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Symptoms of abdominal migraines may include:
The abdominal pain may last for as short as one hour or as long as three days.
Migraine headaches are generally preceded by an "aura" by which the migraine sufferer can sense that a headache is coming on. Abdominal migraines, though, are frequently sudden and quite severe. They can occur without any warning signs and can increase anxiety in the person who gets them.
How Are Abdominal Migraines Diagnosed?
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Diagnosing abdominal migraines is difficult. Children have difficulty distinguishing the features of an abdominal migraine from ordinary stomachaches, stomach flu, or other gastrointestinal illnesses.
Family history of migraine and abdominal migraines is a key factor in determining the possibility of abdominal migraines. So, the doctor will look at the patient's family medical history to assist in making an accurate diagnosis.
The first step is to eliminate other causes of stomach pain. Then the doctor may assess specific criteria developed by migraine experts. To determine the likelihood of an abdominal migraine, the doctor may check for some of the following symptoms:
Reviewed on 8/29/2012
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