Under the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd Edition (ICHD-3) abdominal migraine is a primary headache disorder that falls under the category of episodic syndromes that may be associated with migraine. It's seen mainly in children, but can occur in adults as well.
ICHD-3 Information on Abdominal Migraine
ICHD-3 Description of Abdominal Migraine:
"An idiopathic disorder seen mainly in children as recurrent attacks of moderate to severe midline abdominal pain, associated with vasomotor symptoms, nausea and vomiting, lasting 2–72 hours and with normality between episodes. Headache does not occur during these episodes."
ICHD-3 Diagnostic Criteria:
At least five attacks fulfilling criteria B–D
Pain has at least two of the following characteristics:
midline location, periumbilical or poorly localised
dull or ‘just sore’ quality
moderate or severe intensity
During abdominal pain at least two of the following:
Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals
Follow your health care provider's recommendations. A liquid diet may be helpful. A detailed diet log (recording what was eaten, how much, and when) may be needed. Small, frequent meals may be more tolerable than large, less frequent meals. A diet high in fat may worsen the feeling.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
The feeling lasts for days to weeks and does not get better
You lose weight without trying
You have dark stools
You have nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating
You have fever and chills
What to expect at your health care provider's office
The doctor will examine you and ask questions such as:
When did this symptom begin?
How long does each episode last?
What foods, if any, make the symptoms worse?
What other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, ...
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