Brooking Stomach Migraine

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Stomach migraine is a condition generally presenting itself during childhood however has been widely identified during adolescence and adulthood.

Generally kids afflicted with this condition are those with a kin history of migraine and prevalent prior to pubescence with girls having a greater likelihood of suffering from it as compared to boys.

Stomach Migraine Causes

Stomach migraine arises due to 2 innately occurring chemical forms in the body namely serotonin and histamine whose changes could trigger migraine headaches and stomach pains. The stomach pains might arise because of some psychologically triggering factor. Food forms like chocolates, foods that have undergone processing that have particular chemical presence and intake of excess air might be causal to stomach migraines.

Stomach Migraine Symptoms

Symptoms of abdominal migraine differ from those experienced in case of the typically occurring migraine which majority of the adult populace ail from. These include:

  • Stomach MigrainePains experienced in the mid-line of the abdominal area, particularly around the umbilical region lasting from 1-2 hours or persisting all through the day or around 3 days.
  • Giddiness.
  • Photophobia.
  • Loose bowels.
  • Appetite loss.
  • Headaches.
  • Tetchiness.
  • Paleness or flushing noted on the skin.
  • Feeling listless, drowsy.
  • Tricky to locate pulse.
  • Ocular disturbances.
  • Feeling numb or tingling sensations around the oral region or arms.
  • Slurry speech.
  • Muscle weakening.
  • Paralysis.

The pain arising due to this form of migraine is debilitating enough to incapacitate the sufferer. Resemblances in-between stomach migraine and CVS (cyclical vomiting syndrome) has led several scientists in believing that these duo are both a migraine form.

The International Headache Society has set guidelines that help in classifying migraine as stomach type. These include:

  1. The kid must experience a minimal of 5 attacks which accomplish the decisive factors for II and IV.
  2. Pains felt in the abdomen that persists for an hour till seventy-two hours irrespective of whether treatment was meted out or not.
  3. Stomach pains which is typified by mid-line site around the umbilical area or any area around the tummy, dulling or tender in nature and has strength of medium to acute.
  4. The stomach pains must be existent alongside no less than 2 of the symptoms like feeling nauseous, puking, lost appetite and paleness.
  5. Such symptoms must not be due to a medical problem.
Stomach Migraine Diagnosis

Diagnosis of this condition could be quite exasperating and tricky as it could be erroneously identified as firstly appendicitis or flu similar signs.

Apart of medical, kin history and symptoms experienced identification generally entails a physical examination, urine and blood analysis and imaging methods like sonography as it is vital to exclude other likely reasons for stomach pains like Crohn’s disease, GERD, urino-genital problems, IBS, peptic ulcers which have a tendency of showing the analogous symptoms as that of stomach migraine hence correct testing must be conducted initially.

Stomach Migraine Treatment

Abdominal migraine is treated essentially in the analogous manner as that of other migraine forms.

  • Drugs recommended are pain killers, anti-emetics, ibuprofen, paracetamol and sedative medications.
  • Alternative migraine therapies which have been beneficial across all ages like biofeedback method.
  • Inderal or propranolol that belongs to the drug category called as beta blockers and is prescribed for treating migraine among kids. It is a defensive drug.
  • Cyproheptadine or Periactin is additionally recommended for stomach migraine. It is an antihistamine drug affecting serotonin activity. At times, it is prescribed alongside Midrin that comprises of acetaminophen, mild soporific and isometheptene mucate that additionally affects levels of serotonin.
  • Triptans are the widely used class of medications although not all of them have been meticulously tested for use in kids.
  • Latest tests have shown that Imitrex or sumatriptan succinate is beneficial among kids.
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