Stomach Migraine

Facts About Stomach Migraine

When most people think of a migraine, they think only about the migraine headaches, but a stomach migraine can be very painful and debilitating as well. Many have never heard of a stomach migraine. For that reason, it is very possible that many have been blaming their symptoms on something else when in fact this was the cause.

In the most basic of terms, a stomach migraine is the presence of some of the common symptoms of a migraine such as nausea and stomach pain, without the headache. Also, a stomach migraine can be brought on or made worse by external influences such as bright lights, sounds or smells.

Those who suffer from a stomach migraine typically did so since they were children. Because so many childhood illnesses, including the common stomach flu, bring on similar symptoms, many times this condition goes undiagnosed.

Below are some things to look for when trying to determine if you or your loved one is suffering from a stomach migraine.

  • Pain that lasts at least two hours (but could last much longer)

  • Pain that is made worse by outside sources, such as those mentioned above

  • Sudden onset of pain, perhaps triggered by an outside source. Pain following stress is also a possible indicator of stomach migraine.

  • Childhood stomach pain that, as the child grows older, is accompanied by headache

Treatment for stomach migraine is tricky. As with migraine headaches, there is no one treatment that works for everyone. In many cases, it turns out that no treatment can help and that the individual must learn to manage and work around the pain.

There are, however, many possible treatments that your doctor may want to try. The first and preferred method is avoidance of triggers. If you know that a certain smell, sound or other stimulus brings on the pain, you may be able to control the problem by simply avoiding that trigger.

The reason this is the preferred method is because no drugs are involved and you do not need to wait for the pain to start in order to treat it. Many people have found great success in managing their stomach migraine problem in this way.

If you do not yet know the trigger, or if there are none, your doctor may choose to prescribe medication intended to stop the migraine before it starts. This would require that you take medication every day, whether or not you were experiencing any symptoms.

Another option is pain management. This would require you to wait until the stomach migraine started and then take medication in order to reduce or eliminate the pain. While the downside is that you would need to wait for symptoms to start, the positive is that you would only need to take medication when you had symptoms.

If you suspect stomach migraine, it is best to visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is very possible that you will not have to live with the pain, but you may need medication in order to be rid of it.

Stomach migraine is just as problematic as migraine headaches, but there may be help available.

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