Abdominal Migraines - Signs and Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of abdominal migraine?

As mentioned, abdominal migraine causes pain in the abdomen that can be severe and debilitating. It is typically located in the middle portion of the belly, often around the umbilicus. Cramping, nausea, and vomiting can accompany the pain. Pallor (paleness) of the skin is often observed. There may not be associated headache. The symptoms are usually relieved by sleep and can last anywhere from one hour to several days.

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Comment from: Melba, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I have suffered from tummy troubles since high school. Test after test, no answers. Finally I had my gallbladder removed, no relief. It starts with belching and a foul rotten egg taste, followed by extreme abdominal pain with vomiting and diarrhea. It can last from one hour, to the longest of a few days. Our 12 year old was having the same issues and her gastrointestinal doctor said it was abdominal migraines. He called my gastroenterologist and finally I have a name for it. We both take Imitrex on the onset of symptoms, it usually helps with one dose. It doesn't prevent, but it does help the pain!

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Comment from: huest, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 14

My 10 year old has abdominal migraines. She was diagnosed in January and looking back at her journal, she started having these at age 8. The episodes lasted 3 days and are now lasting 4 days. She takes medications for cramping and nausea, but nothing takes away her pain. I am looking into an anti-anxiety medication this week. Some of her episodes have been around big events, but not all, so it is hard to pinpoint. They always start around 9 pm at night. Cyproheptadine has helped as a preventative, but this month she had three and each lasted 4 days. I am so upset. She missed 42 days of 4th grade.

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