Abdominal Headache

Abdominal Migraine in Children and Adults

If you or your child is experiencing the symptoms of abdominal headache, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert doctors undertake a comprehensive examination to help us arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Once we have the correct diagnosis, we develop an individualized treatment plan to help relieve pain and allow the patient to resume normal daily activities. Because our doctors are experts at both pain and migraines, we are able to create a treatment plan specific to the unique symptoms of a stomach migraine, so you or your child can find true relief.

What Are the Symptoms of Abdominal Migraine?

Abdominal migraine affects mainly children between 5 and 9 years of age, but can be seen in adults as well. Many of these children go on to develop migraine headaches (with or without aura) later in life. Symptoms may include:

  • Midline abdominal pain of moderate to severe intensity that lasts 1 to 72 hours
  • Chronic or recurring pain severe enough to interfere with normal activities
  • Mild or no headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Pallor with dark shadows under the eyes or flushing
  • The absence of another illness, including a gastrointestinal disorder

Unfortunately, because a stomach migraine affects the stomach, not the head, many doctors misdiagnose this condition as irritable bowel syndrome or another similar syndrome, leaving patients with few options for relief. If you suspect that an abdominal migraine may be the cause of your child's pain, it's important to talk to a doctor who understands this condition thoroughly in order to find the right abdominal migraine treatment.

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How Is Abdominal Migraine Diagnosed?

No specific diagnostic test is available to confirm abdominal migraine. A diagnosis is made through a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, incidence of migraine headache in the family, symptoms, and a physical exam and tests to rule out other conditions. If stomach pain is consistent with an abdominal migraine, and no other conditions are noted, then the next course of action is to pursue abdominal migraine treatment.

What Are the Treatment Options for Abdominal Migraine?

For children and teens, abdominal migraine treatment includes rest, plenty of fluids, over-the-counter pain relievers and relaxation/behavioral therapy techniques. For older children and adults with infrequent abdominal migraine attacks, physicians may prescribe medications used for other forms of migraine, such as NSAIDs, anti-nausea medication and triptans. Frequent abdominal migraines are treated with the same preventive therapies used for other migraines, which is why working with a headache doctor can be the best choice for this abdominal condition.

If you or your child are suffering from abdominal migraines, Diamond Headache Clinic is the logical choice for treatment. Our physicians understand migraines and their treatment well, and many of the treatments of traditional migraines apply to abdominal migraines. Our team is skilled at helping patients identify, track and eliminate triggers so they can live life free from the constant fear of another topside. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss potential abdominal migraine treatment options that can bring relief to you or your child.

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