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roseee1 posted:
I have a sixteen year old daughter who has suffered for the past two years. we go to the E.R. for symptoms of severe abdominal cramping followed by unstoppable vomiting. Even WITH the zofran and phenergan IV's they give her for hours at a time, Not to mention the bags to rehydrate her, they still send us home with a still nauseaous and very weak child. They have ruled out almost everything else. So we get the claim that she may have 'abdominal migraines' Has anyone else heard or suffered from this?? It is VERY frustrating to not have anything to go by. There are no triggers. It is very random and has immediate onset. HELP!!!
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Marlee0227 responded:
:pbpt: I will start off with YES there is such an illness(diagnosis) in children more than any other age group. Because of her age there is a good possibility that it could be related to her period cycles. If she has not started her period this may be related there also. I can not give any diagnosis. My heart went out to your twelve year old daughter and my happiness was with you. The happiness part is when I was 12 there was no such thing as a migraine. At least it was very rarely used. SO, I am happy that you as a parent are attending to your daughter's illness. Now, what I suggest is to go to her family doctor. I am sure at ER when you sign out there are usually instruction for you to make an appointment with your daughter's GP. Now, when you see her doctor make sure he is made aware of all the symptoms that your daughter was experiencing right before the stomach pain starts. Also, anything you may notice that your daughter is experiencing. The doctor also needs to listen to your daughter as she needs to let him/her know what she is going through and how she feels as she is going through this illness. Now, this is just a precautionary request. Ask about being referred to a Neurologist. Neurologist are seen by referral only. Now the Neurologist will do a thorough exam and run some test that your GP has already done. Go with the neuro and have any testing, as a parent that you are comfortable with, that she/he may request. They have their way of testing so that they are more comfortable when it comes to any discussion's and diagnosing. There is a possibility that a MRI may be requested to be done on your daughter. I would suggest that your daughter have this done. There is no discomfort except for the loud noise the magnets make as they are rolling around in that big machine. Well, I lied there. If your daughter is not comfortable about the procedure she may be given oral or an injection to have her more relaxed. Also, there is a good possibility that your daughter may have a die injected in her. That is more for the doctor that okays that the technician does not need to make any more pictures for the Radiologist that read the slides. Now, I hope I have not frighten you any. To me it is better to go through this testing so at the end of the diagnoses you will at least be able to confirm your worry and concern of what may or may not be going on with your daughter. If you just do a search, even from this site, and enter migraine you will receive many links to many web sites with info on migraines. That is another suggestion that I always pass on. The forums are the best way to get support. You also get common sense answers or suggestions from the group you are with. To also let you know that there is a nationwide study being done which was even given the okay and money by the big guys up in Washington, D,C, for the head pain/migraine that the teenager is experiencing. This is wonderful!!! In the last 10 years that I have been reading up on and mainly on the computer the person with headpain or migraine has had alot of attention. There are many meds out there for the prevention of the pain and also meds to abort the pain. So, mother, you have your homework to do along with your daughter in educating your self on headache, migraine disease. This is what will be the most beneficial medicine and/or therapy for your daughter. Take care and I wish you both well. Merry Christmas Marlene msylvester227@yahoo.com
 
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walksalone09 responded:
Abdominal migraines are when the blood vessels in the stomach dilate.
 
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SwimKid responded:
Rosee1: I am a 17 year old kid who has also experienced these "abdominal migraines". I was in and out of the ER many, many times. The doctors said, "Oh, it's just the stomach flu, it will go away in a couple days" and gave me some sort of IV bag and that was it. I had been in the hospital on a regular basis and was diagnosed with Gastroitis. I had CTs, MRIs, ultrasounds, and so many doctors, before i was finally diagnosed with CYCLIC VOMITING SYNDROME. I now see a pediatric GI doctor who has treated me for 4 years. I haven't had an episode in two years. When i had the episodes i was given Zofran, Zantac, and I'm pretty sure the other drug was Periactin. After being on this treatment, I stopped having the episodes. Check with your GI Specialist in reguards to the cyclic vomiting syndrome. I hope this helps. Good luck.
 
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SwimKid responded:
I am a 17 year old who also experienced the vomiting and abdominal episodes you are describing. After many ER visits, many exams, and doctor visits, i was finally diagnosed with CYCLIC VOMITING SYNDROME by a pediatric GI specialist. My treatment when i had the episodes were Zofran, Zantac, and Periactin. After being on this treatment for off and on two years, i have been episode-free for two years. Ask your doctor about cyclic vomiting syndrome because it's not a common syndrome that many doctors have heard about. I hope this helps. Good luck.
 
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my3son responded:
My niece is 11yrs old and thru in and out of hospitals she was reciently told she has stomach migraines.She has no other symptons other than SERVERE stomach pains .No vomiting. We need help with controlling her pain .Your right as of yet we have no signs this pain is going to hit it just comes.It is VERY frustrating to see your loved one (a child) in pain and not be able to help.Im hoping to find her a support group and maybe get some ideas especially ideas from someone going thru it too.HELP!!!!
 
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my3teenageboys responded:
My youngest son might be suffering from an abdominal migraine. He is 13 and has gone undiagnosed since the end of December with severe abdominal pain. It comes and goes, but not in a cramping style. When it is severe, he will not eat...though food doesn't trigger. I've only just heard of this abdominal migraine and will pursue with his GI doctor. He has had every test under the sun, we too, have been to the ER, and we have yet to find a diagnosis. It is very frustrating as a mom to see her baby brought down by so much pain...and I can't fix it!
 
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cryks responded:
hi there - you just wrote about what has been happening to me for the last 4 years, but no one has really been able to give me an answer as to why. About 1 month ago the docs said abdominal migraines. But still they are coming and now more frequently - about once a week. Some not as bad as others, but most put me in the hospt with an iv and pain meds. I too need help. I have been told everything from the flu, to a panic attack, now to these migraines?... They usually last about 4 to 6 hours but then i am extreamly tired the rest of the day. Mine will either start with vomiting or Diarrhea or both and the pain in the chest is unbelievable. All tests are normal. I am seeing a neurologist but the meds so far the past month have not helped. I have figured out the mine always happen about the same time of the morning. does hers have a pattern as to time of day? Or what about time of month? Keep me posted, Im sorry to here someone else is going through what i have felt, Il be praying for you.
 
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whitebear4 replied to cryks's response:
Abdominal migraines are when the blood vessels expand in the lining of the stomach.
 
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GOGESTER1 responded:
Hi,my son definetly suffers from abdominal migraines and has for 4 yrs now. He is 10 yrs old and has special needs. Its the exact same story as yours and everyone elses I read. He says to my husband and I sick. belly sick.. then lyes down in bed and wants it dark. He will pop his head up and vomit on and off during the day and go back to sleep. He can not hold down fluids, and by day two, we have to take him for IV fluids. Day three comes and he still is sick.. this is insane! We have found that his trigger is STRESS and ANXIETY -along with long car rides and too much excitement. He actually is sick this very moment with a migraine-and I just found your post. He is on periactin which is an antihistamine which is supposed to help prevent these episodes, but is not working. The neuro also put him on a very low dose of 25mg of Trazadone, which is and SSRI and SNRI to help with stress.. PLEASE I ALSO NEED ADVICE! what can help reduce these migraines which truly works!?
 
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dee2345687 responded:
Hello I'm new here but my daughter is not..My daughter Lindsay is 18 and now the Dr.s say that she has abdominal migraines. Its sad to see her like this.
she has epilepsy since she was 3 years old had encephalitis, brain surgery. sh has not have a seizure for 5 years..medication is under control..but now it seems every single Monday she gets on her bus,,and gets to school and begins to feel sick and vomits..every Monday..never in the summer nor on weekends??
stress? I have been trying to followup the pattern..and its Mondays take her two days to get better and gets back to school on Wednesdays...
so we are not alone it seems... anyone can reply..its good to talk a about it.
 
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An_205288 responded:
My daughter is nine, she has suffered since she was three with severe abdominal pains and unrelenting vomiiting.
The attacks happen every 3 to 4 months and last for 10 days, usually by day 3 she needs admitting for IV fluids, I do not believe the zofran or any medication they have given her has helped.
The diagnosis the Drs have given her is Abdominal Migrane and Cyclic Vomiting, but I have been told that she may grow out of it, but there is no sign of that yet. Unfortunetely we appear to be at the start of an episode, the very early stage is grumbling pain that turns severe it has often been mistaken for appendicitis. So if any one has any answers, I would wellcome them.
 
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anachia25 replied to my3son's response:
I am currently going through this with my daughter. She is 12, almost 13, and has been suffering with explalined abdominal pain since December. She also does not experience vomiting.
I am wondering if you have found anything that does help with the pain? We are struggling with this and trying to help her when she is in pain. Any info would be extremly appreciated.
She has not been diagnosed with stomach migraines yet, we are currently working with Dr's however this is a very slow process and need something that could help with pain now.
 
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carpetcrawler5 replied to anachia25's response:
Maybe try Nexium, that's the only thing that helps my stomach aches.


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