Abdominal migraines

Amber - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Since she was a toddler my daughter, who is now 6 has had reoccuring episodes of vomiting, abdominal pain, and fevers every couple of months. During these 'episodes' she looks very sickly with dark circles under her eyes and flushed cheeks. Every visit to the Dr. has came out with the same result, a virus. We now just deal with it at home, it usually resolves on it's own in 2-4 days. After doing some research I found many articles about abdominal migraines in children. All of her symptoms, except the fever fits. My question is does anyone have a child with abdominal migraines? If so what were the symptoms? how long did it take before they were diagnosed?

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Kristin - posted on 06/07/2014

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This is an old post and I'm hoping that your daughter has outgrown her migraines. My daughter has had abdominal migraines for three years now. The last year or so, they've been the traditional head migraine, although every once in awhile she has the abdominal ones. Today she had one (I think) with the nausea and vomiting and a fever. The fever is new, so I was trying to see if it's common with migraine, of if it's something else entirely.

Kristy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Atleast you are getting some help from your dr sometimes i think they think us mums a stupid. My little girl is on the bottom of the growth charts so we have complications all the time with that. Try her iron and maybe an omega 3 fish oil suppliment, they are 2 of the biggest things kids are in need of. The iron will help with maintaining levels when she has the vomiting and omega 3 is for all round health. The other thing would be what they call asidopholis, doubt that spelt right its the good bacteria in yogurts and that sort of thing. I am actually IgA deficient which is one of the main immuneglobulins, this is detected via a blood test. It doesnt have a cure but what it means is that you get sick with the common colds and flus more often then normal, sometimes the symptoms can be worse and its mainly mucus membrane infections ears nose chest. Like i said it has no cure but knowing does make how you handle sickness different. One of the best things for the immune is Zinc, basically a multi vitamin with all would be the best solution and wont hurt her in any way. Good luck

C. - posted on 12/15/2009

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I was diagnosed with Abdominal Migraines when I was in 6th grade. All it is, is when you get sick to your stomach when you have a Migraine (and YES the doctors actually call them ABDOMINAL Migraines!) Every time I got a Migraine, I would either vomit, was about to vomit, or just felt like I was going to vomit. I used to take medicine for it, but it didn't work. The best thing I have found is to go in my bedroom, leave the lights off, lie down and take a nap, whether it be 30 minutes or 2 hours. Just however long it takes to feel better. I don't get them quite as often now that I'm older, so it's possible your child will grow out of them.

It took several months for them to diagnose me, to answer your last question.

Amber - posted on 12/15/2009

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She doesn't really complain of a headache though. From what I have read these 'abdominal migraines' are how migraines manifest in a lot of children. She doesn't space out either, she is just really sleepy with the fevers. Also, her growth is right on track, she has always been at the top of the charts with her height and weight. I actually had her at the Dr. today and she does have a double ear infection, which she has had many of. I don't know, I am also thinking maybe she could have some kind of immune deficiency. Or, maybe I am reading too much into all of this and she will grow out of it all? Who knows?

Kristy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I would actually be more inclined to think they may be straight migraines with the vomiting a side effect, fever can also relate to migraines and a lot of people can get a very sickly look about them when they happen. My little girl can be like that bar the vomiting and not such a high temp. It sounds to me like it would be something that is very hard to diagnose therefor a lot of drs woudlnt even look at it sideways its just the way they are. Be aware there can be alot of different reasons for the symptoms you discribe, think about things does she tend to space out when having the episodes?? Its quite shocking the symptoms that show up with Epilespy and things like that. The other thing to look at is things like her growth, is it all with in the normal ranges? I dont want to alarm you but these are all thing you need to think of as in the long run it all helps your dr also work through a diagnosis. Hope you find the answers you need

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