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Stomach Migraines - How To Recognize Them
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Stomach migraines are just what you think they are, a type of migraine that is characterized by abdominal pain and nausea.  Usually noticed in children, and especially girls, they are painful and may or may not involve an actual headache.  It is fairly rare for an adult to experience this type of migraine.  While it is difficult to explain to a child what is causing the pain, feel reassured that there are solutions once the diagnosis is made that will lead to a resolution.  

Symptoms of a stomach migraine are varied but are usually abdominal pain that lasts 2 or more hours.  A child may experience other symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, flushing or loss of appetite.  While these are common and general, if you or your child are experiencing them you should contact your doctor.  When you have several of the symptoms together it can indicate a stomach migraine.  It's hard for kids to express how they are feeling pain, so it may be hard to determine what is actually happening.

Because they usually occur in children, it can be hard to diagnose because they have trouble explaining how they feel and what is actually happening.  Children ages 5-9 are the most common ones to have these migraines.  If there is a family history of migraines, it is easier to determine because of the genetic relationship from the related family member.  Usually the child will want to lie in a dark room and sleep, which is a good hint that the pain is significant enough to warrant further examination.   If you notice these symptoms occuring, it is advisable to start a diary and record the events to use with your doctor to diagnose the condition.

What to do if you suspect you or your child has stomach migraines?  It is important to have an examination and determination by a doctor because of many reasons that abdominal pain can occur.  You will want your doctor to review all possible causes.  After it is determined that it is a migraine, doctors can prescribe several medications and other types of treatments for a child to utilize. 

Children have many stomach aches, from too many cookies to more severe causes.  One of the causes can be a stomach migraine, which is a severe headache usually affecting a child's activity and possibly involves vomiting and light sensitivity.  Ensure the migraine is properly diagnosed by a medical doctor.  Treatments can be natural and or prescription - or both as you learn to control the migraines.


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