Migraine Headache

Abdominal Migraines

 
It was recognized as a form of Migraine disease as links were made to other family members having Migraines and children who had this disorder grew into adults with Migraine symptoms with and without aura. Abdominal migraine, also known as periodic syndrome is quite common in children, particularly female children. This kind of migraine results in recurrent episodes of vomiting and abdominal pain. To know more about the Abdominal Migraines, read Abdominal Migraine: A Migraine Equivalent.

The attacks are characterized by periodic bouts of abdominal pain lasting for about two hours. Along with the abdominal pain they may have other symptoms such as headache nausea and vomiting, flushing or pallor. Tests fail to reveal a cause for the pain. Occasionally, there may be EEG findings suggesting epilepsy but this is rarely related to seizures.

Although, there is widespread acceptance of the syndrome among practitioners, there is limited information regarding its treatment. Valproic acid (VPA), which is used for migraine causes prophylaxis has, on occasions been used with apparent success in cases of abdominal migraine.

For infrequent abdominal Migraine attacks, migraine medications are employed. These medications can include NSAIDs, anti nausea medications, Midrin, and the triptans. The choice of medications is somewhat affected by the age of the patient. When abdominal Migraines are frequent, the same preventive therapies used for other Migraine headache treatments and headache remedies used for treating severe headache can be explored. Natural headache relief methods may also prove useful.