06/25/07 #6 - Abdominal Migraine, loss of use of legs?

Ask the Clinician Health Pro
  • Full Question:
    My son has been diagnosed with abdominal migraines.  When he has a bad attack he looses the use of his legs temporarily until the migraine goes away.  Our neurologist has done numerous test to find out what may be causing his legs to go out but all the test come back ok (See tests below)  Do you know what could be causing this & what to do next?

    The following test were done and came back ok - MRI spine, CAT of brain, sonogram of stomach, tube down the throat (don't know the name of the test), EKG, sticky plateletts test, colon & digestive tests by a gastrologist. Mrs. D.

    Add This Infographic to Your Website or Blog With This Code:



    Dear Mrs. D.;

    It's possible that your son's legs are "going out" is an actual Migraine symptom. You don't say if they go out due to motor weakness or paralysis, but either can be from Migraine. That said, the symptoms of abdominal Migraines do NOT include motor weakness or paralysis. The ONLY type of Migraine that applies to is hemiplegic Migraines. Please see Hemiplegic Migraine – the Basics for more information about hemiplegic Migraines. You might also benefit from reading about abdominal Migraines in Abdominal Migraine, the Basics.

    Only a doctor who is caring for your son can determine if he needs more testing, but I can tell you that about the only tests that might show anything would be an MRA to take a better look at the arteries in the brain and an MRV to look at the veins. They're seldom performed unless there is reason to think there's something amiss with the blood vessels. Typically, the tests your son has had done are negative in Migraineurs. There is no diagnostic test to confirm a diagnosis of Migraine.

    The best advice we can offer is to take your son to an actual Migraine specialist. Neurologists are not necessarily Migraine specialists. In fact, I wonder why your son's current neurologist hasn't mentioned the possibility of the issue with his legs being part of his Migraine. You didn't say how old your son is, so I don't know if you'll need to look for a pediatric Migraine specialist or not. We have a directory of patient recommended specialists, and you’ll find a link to it below.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

    If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists.

    About Ask the Clinician:

    Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert. If you have a question for this section of our site, please click HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. No questions will be answered privately.


    Please note: We cannot handle emergencies or diagnose via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis.


    We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.

Published On: June 25, 2007