Can Migrane Alternate With A Stomach Ache (Indigestion) So That The Two Feed Off Each Other.

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Asked by tulip123

Can Migrane Alternate With A Stomach Ache (Indigestion) So That The Two Feed Off Each Other.

E.g. one is dominant at a single point of time.

I had migrianes in my teens triggered by chocolate. Nowadays I get a throbbing headache in one side of the head which alternates with indigestion stomach ache. When one is on the other doesn't seem so bad. I was wondering if the severe ingisestion was part of the migrane even though the headache is not prsent during that phase. They feed off each other. I also get severe indigestion problems without the head ache but they are identical to the problems I have when a headache is part of it. I don't get auras although I did when I was in my teens, that's its only until now I have been wondering if what I'm suffering is another manifestation of this. Feelings of sickness also accompany the condition.

Answer

Hi tulip,

Stomach issues can be a big problem for some Migraineurs. Let me see if I can explain things, sometimes I get a little "wordy" for my own good!! Migraine is a genetic neurological disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics.

There are four phases of a Migraine attack - prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome. Now the tricky thing is not everyone will experience each phase with each Migraine. For a better picture, take a minute to read, Anatomy of a Migraine.

You can also have a Migraine without the headache phase. This is called silent or Acephalgic Migraine. You can have all the other symptoms of a Migraine, but no headache pain_._

No two people feel a Migraine the same way, in other words. We do know an attack is usually triggered by something. These triggers set in motion neurons in our brains that begin a flow of neuronal activity that spreads across our brain and brain stem. Certain smells, foods, hormones, interrupted sleeping patterns and changes in the barometric pressure can be Migraine triggers. No two people experience a Migraine attack or trigger the same way thus making a diagnosis and treatment plan difficult for some medical professionals.

So speaking of triggers (like chocolate and caffiene) trigger identification and management is a vital role in Migraine management and prevention. You may have some triggers that you can avoid, thus preventing Migraines brought on by those triggers. Do you know what any of your triggers are? When working to identify triggers one of the best tools is a good Migraine diary. You can read more about this and download a free diary workbook in our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary. Keeping a Migraine diary for three months is a good start, you may be amazed at what you learn.

I hope this helps, if not let me know, ok?

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk