Can Adults Have Abdominal Migraines?

Reviewed on 7/15/2021

Abdominal migraines cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Abdominal migraines are usually only experienced in children, who later grow out of it, and they rarely occur in adults.
Abdominal migraines cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Abdominal migraines are usually only experienced in children, who later grow out of it, and they rarely occur in adults.

Abdominal migraines are a type of migraine that may be associated with migraine headaches, but symptoms of abdominal migraine are mainly abdominal painnausea, and vomiting

Abdominal migraines tend to occur in children, though they can occur in adults. Most children who have abdominal migraines will grow out of it, but will develop migraine headaches later in life.

What Are Symptoms of Abdominal Migraines?

Symptoms of abdominal migraine attacks usually last between 2 to 72 hours and may include: 

  • Abdominal pain
    • Often described as dull or sore, but may also be moderate to severe
    • Usually located in the middle of the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pale appearance (pallor)
  • Dark shadows under the eyes
  • Flushing

What Causes Abdominal Migraines?

It is not known what causes abdominal migraines, but there seems to be a brain-gut connection. 

Both abdominal migraine and migraine headache have similar triggers, including: 

How Are Abdominal Migraines Diagnosed?

There is no specific test used to diagnose abdominal migraine. Abdominal migraine is diagnosed with a patient history, physical examination, and tests to rule out other causes of the symptoms.

What Is the Treatment for Abdominal Migraines?

Abdominal migraine attacks are usually treated similarly to migraine headaches. Treatment for abdominal migraines may include: 

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Reviewed on 7/15/2021
References
https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/

https://ichd-3.org/1-migraine/1-6-episodic-syndromes-that-may-be-associated-with-migraine/1-6-1-recurrent-gastrointestinal-disturbance/1-6-1-2-abdominal-migraine/

https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/abdominal-migraine