Patient Comments: Abdominal Migraines - Experience


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Comment from: Evan's mom, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 10

My son was diagnosed with abdominal migraine about 10 years ago, and he's now 20. Started out only with nausea and vomiting, but now it includes severe stomach pain. Almost always occurs in the morning; the earlier he wakes up, the worse it is. Also, symptoms are very much connected to stress and anxiety. Even good, exciting things are a trigger, like going on vacation, etc. He's had every gastrointestinal (GI) test under the sun, been treated with anxiety medicines, and now treated with migraine medicines. Nothing helps significantly.

Comment from: male 40-50, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I started to get the classic symptoms of abdominal migraines, and he first 4 times I ended up in the emergency room (ER). They usually occurred once a year and the only thing that stopped them in the ER was morphine. After the 4th my physician started me on Imitrex nasal spray and a hydrocodone when I felt the abdominal migraine. The pain intensity decreased by 50 percent and the hydrocodone puts me to sleep. I wake up 4 hours later with no pain.

Comment from: ro, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

Migraines were already something that ran in the family, and my stress triggered abdominal migraines. I can barely sit in one spot as my stomach feels swollen with pain, and lying down makes the pain so much worse. Nothing but migraine medicine can relieve the pain, and I spend hours crying and hoping I can sleep at one point during the night. When it's bad, my body overheats, and I throw up everything possible, and I'm plagued with diarrhea and stomach pain at the same time.

Comment from: Alisoncs, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

My abdominal migraine triggers are deli meats, turkey, and hot dogs. I can't even eat a roasted whole turkey on Thanksgiving without getting an abdominal migraine. I found these triggers by trial and error. Also, they seem to be hormone related, such as, a particularly bad menstrual cycle.

Comment from: Meg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I suffered from sudden, severe episodes of midline abdominal pain as a child. They began when I was six, and stopped when I was around 9, though I may have had an infrequent episode here and there. I can still remember the details surrounding a couple of episodes because the pain was so severe. Sometimes I vomited, which helped. I remember lying face down on a hard floor with my fists applying pressure where it hurt most, this is all I could do until I could fall asleep. My mother was so very worried about me, because the doctor could never find anything physically wrong. Abdominal migraines weren't understood in the 70s. I'm 45 now. I have had migraines with aura since I was 14, which are thankfully rare, though severe. I'm on this site now because I believe I may be having an abdominal migraine now, this pain is so familiar. With a strong family history on both sides, I may be that rare adult.

Comment from: Rene , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

For over 25 years I have had abdominal migraine, only to have been given every kind of test known to man. I’ve been in and out of emergency rooms so many times they think I am crazy, until 3 days ago as I went for answers online. Lo and behold, the answer was right there. All I can say is hold on, you all! I know the pain and the sickness that comes with this and I will say I hope the best for each of you reading this. I now have a new migraine medicine and more Valium and nausea medicines from the pharmacy.

Comment from: Ashlee, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 27

My daughter is 12. She started complaining of abdominal pain in July. Her abdominal pain is always associated with nausea, and lethargy. We put her on Prilosec for a while and this seemed to take care of the problem for about 6 months. In the meantime we took her to her family doctor and ruled out food allergies. We then went to a gastrointestinal (GI) specialist who did an upper GI test on her and found nothing. Frustrated, he mentioned abdominal migraines but wants to do further testing. Frustrated for several reasons, we are now going to get an abdominal ultrasound tomorrow and if that shows nothing a HIDA scan. I guess I am just upset as to why the Prilosec was working and now it is not. She is not showing any other signs of problems related to a GI series. She has also already has a CT scan. From everything I read she is a little old to have abdominal migraines. I don’t know, I am hoping we find answers soon, she is miserable!

Comment from: Jchyno7243, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 24

My son has been diagnosed with abdominal migraine. His symptoms are always triggered by stressful situations. They always start around 9 to 10 at night and last from 8 hours to 4 days. He has severe stomach pain and it comes in waves. He gets so worked up over the thought of them coming back, he cries and cries. Thinking about it happening again is almost worse than the actual onset of the migraine. Lorazepam and an anti-nausea pill every 6 hours seems to help a lot. Also a hot bath calms him down.


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Comment from: Sherri, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 16

As soon as my son wakes up with light sensitivity I know a stomach migraine is starting again. He usually always vomits, appetite is nil, and if Zofran is given quickly symptoms are greatly diminished! Afternoons are symptom free but it starts again after next 2 or 3 days. They occur several times per year. Can't seem to find any triggers. Hope he grows out of them soon as school work is getting harder.

Comment from: mom of 3 boys, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 26

Prilosec may have worked for my abdominal migraine because it’s an H2 blocker. Allergies to food, etc. could be the trigger.

Comment from: Anikoe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I am female and a young 57. I have always had unexplained abdominal pain and migraines. I'm wondering if I have abdominal migraine as I fit all the criteria but I also have head pain at the same time. Usually it lasts 3 to 4 days and I am perfectly well in between.

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had abdominal migraines for ten years before diagnosis. Cutting out wheat and dairy helped. New general physician prescribed pizotifen tablets 1.5 mg. I’ve not had one since.


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