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Has anyone's child suffered from abdominal migraines?

(5 Posts)
HeadFairy Sun 19-Feb-17 23:35:12

I'm not sure if that's what DS has, he has a lot of unexplained stomach aches, usually in the evening. I thought it was a ruse to get out of bedtime, but it's been going on for ages, around 6 months, and we have never let him stay up as a result of him complaining about his stomach. He's 9 so if it was a ruse he would by now surely have given up? He isn't constipated, it doesn't feel like it's his appendix - he's had it so long if it was appendicitis by now it would have worsened. It's not trapped wind because farting doesn't bring any relief. He says it feels like someone gripping his stomach tight, so I've given him hot water bottles to help ease any spasms which he says does help. He's always fine in the morning, and has normal appetite and isn't losing weight.

Realitea Thu 23-Feb-17 21:37:39

It's possible. Ive just been reading about abdominal migraines as my dd has the same ongoing pain. Could be a stomach ulcer or gallstones aswell. I'm going to the doctor - will report back!

Hassled Thu 23-Feb-17 21:40:27

I had these as a child - it was the 70s, and I remember a lot of pain and the consensus being it was "tummy migraines". But we have a strong family history of bad migraines, so it sort of made sense. And I just grew out of it - can't remember any past the age of 11 or so. What does the GP think?

Mousybrown Thu 23-Feb-17 21:54:03

One of my twin sons had them, for a few years on and off up to the age of about 10. He would double up and shout out that they were so painful. Then they would just go? I always have some calpol but was never sure it made much difference as the pain usually went before the calpol would have had time to take effect ( only ever lasted about 10 mins) he just seemed to grow out of them. But I did figure out that cold things seem to be a trigger, like ice cream or a icecubes in his drink.

Utterlynatterly Tue 28-Feb-17 19:19:07

My 11 year old ds has just been diagnosed with suffering with these. He has some pain but the main thing for him is a feeling of nausea, lack of energy and looking deathly pale. Since September he has had days off school every other week/every three weeks. It is horrible for him. We are still in the process of identifying his triggers, seems to be extremes of emotions. So stress and also excitement (he had an attack on his birthday sad), also strenuous exercise (he has had to stop playing rugby). We wanted to avoid drugs but he has been suffering so much and had so much time off school that he has been on a course of Pizotifen. We thought this was helping until he woke up yesterday with another episode. Most common apparently in kids aged 10-12 and they can disappear on their own. It seems to be it takes on many different forms so it may be what your DS has. Maybe worth a drs visit?

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