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: Gisele, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I have suffered with abdominal migraines for years and just today asked my physician for help. I usually get cold, feel like I need sleep, but my body will not sleep and then the vomiting and dry heaves begin and can last hours. Today I was given Zofran to see if that helps. Sleep is what brings it to closure. The article was very helpful.

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Comment from: MN Mom, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

When my daughter tells us her eyes hurt, that"s the first clue. Then she experiences cyclic vomiting for 3 to 4 hours. Once the vomiting stops, she needs to just sleep for about 4 hours. She will often shiver when she is in the vomiting stage and will cry, and gets very lethargic. She"s learned to avoid things like the merry go round, which has triggered episodes, but there are times with no obvious trigger.

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