Stomach burning right before Migraines?

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everyday when my son gets a migrain he always complains of his stomache burning, that its hot inside- this happens right before his migrain. can this be an aura??? he already had a scope done and tests are normal on his stomache. when he dont have a migrain his stomache is fine. Are there other people that experience this? Please get back to me soon. Adela.


Dear Adela;

Many Migraineurs have stomach issues during a Migraine attack. It's not an aura symptom. A Migraine attack can have up to four phases:

  • Prodrome
  • Aura
  • Headache
  • Postdrome

Stomach issues can occur during the prodrome phase or even during the headache phase of a Migraine attack. You can read more about the phases and their symptoms in _Anatomy of a Migraine _.

Discuss this with the doctor who treats your son's Migraines to confirm that it's part of his Migraine symptoms. He may be able to recommend a medication to relieve your son's stomach problems.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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