Stomach Migraines

Young children occasionally have unusual manifestations of migraine headaches, wherein they get to demonstrate all the symptoms except the headaches. Some children will get abdominal pain and vomiting as part of migraine syndrome but would never complain of headache rack. This is usually called stomach migraine. 

Stomach migraines result in recurrent episodes of vomiting and abdominal pain without headaches. It was recognized as a form of Migraine disease, as it was found that the children who had this disorder grew into adults with Migraine symptoms with or without aura. The attacks are characterized by periodic bouts of abdominal pain lasting for about two hours. Along with the abdominal pain there may be other symptoms as well, such as headache nausea, vomiting and flushing or pallor. As noted earlier, there is no headache or headache fever in such cases.

Although, there is widespread acceptance of the syndrome among medical practitioners, there is limited information available regarding its treatment. Valproic acid (VPA), is sometimes used with apparent success in cases of stomach migraine.

For infrequent stomach 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 stomach migraines are frequent, the preventive therapies used in migraine headache treatments and the headache remedies used for treating severe headache can be explored.