8/13/07 #8 - Is there any such thing as abdominal migraine?

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    Is there any such thing as abdominal migraine? What are the symptoms, causes, treatment, etc. So far I had listened about the headache/migraine. m.c.


    Dear M.C.;

    Abdominal Migraine is a form of Migraine in which the Migraineur generally experiences no headache, but does have more intense gastrointestinal symptoms - nausea and vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. The cause of Abdominal Migraine is the same as other forms of Migraine. It's a genetic neurological disease, and individual Migraine attacks are brought on by Migraine triggers. Triggers may be certain foods, changes in weather, bad sleep patterns, fluorescent lighting, and others. Treatment for Abdominal Migraine is similar to that for Migraine with aura or Migraine without aura. Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans - Imitrex, Zomig, Maxalt, etc., are often prescribed. Medications for nausea and vomiting such as Reglan and Phenergan can also be prescribed. You can read more in Abdominal Migraine - the Basics.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: August 13, 2007