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.
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.
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.