What are Abdominal Migraines?
Abdominal migraines are a common cause of chronic and recurrent abdominal pain in children. It is characterised by moderate to severe abdominal pain. The pain can be localized to the midline or around the belly button for some. For others, the pain may be diffuse and migratory.
Are Abdominal Migraines an Official Diagnosis?
Since 2004, they have been officially classified by the International Classification of Headache Disorders. They are also recognized in the Rome III criteria for functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Who Suffers Most?
Abdominal Migraines are most common in children aged 5-9. Most patients have a personal or family history of migraine.
What are the Main Symptoms?
Abdominal migraines will tend to present as recurrent episodes of moderate to severe stomach pain that lasts for 1-72 hours. It will usually be accompanied by some combination of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetitie and pale appearance.
The stomach pain is usually located in the middle of the stomach, around the belly button. It will be a dull ache or soreness but can be moderate to severe in some cases.
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