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Abdominal migraines anyone????

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#1 caszoander

Posted 28 February 2005 - 10:28 AM

I have posted this in health & safety tips but no answers, so thought I might try here hope you can help!!!

Does anyone have experience with children with abdominal migraines.  I need some help!

My DS has had chronic vomiting for the past 6-7 weeks with severe abdominal pains.  His paed is currently running tests to eliminate things but has suggested that he go on a diet to eliminate abdominal migraines.  DS has not been having the foods the DR suggested since last Thursday and things seem to have improved dramatically i.e no vomiting and no stomach aches since Thursday which is 3 days.  This is the longest he has gone without pain and vomiting in the last 6 weeks.  

I would just like to know if there is anyone out there who has gone through abdominal migraines with their kids or themselves.  Does he need to stay on this diet forever, I cant seem to find any info on the net at all on this and would like to read up on it.  Any help info greatly appreciated.  


With kindest regards,

DS 9
DD 6
DD 1
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#2 localyokel

Posted 28 February 2005 - 10:40 PM

I cant help as i've never heard of abdominal migraines. To me if you are getting really good results with an elimination diet then i would be thinking intolerance/allergy to some food.  You really should talk to your dr more about the diet.  Normally with elimination you eliminate a few/a lot of foods and then re-introduce gradually.  But the dr really should speak to you regarding what foods you would reintroduce, and when you would reintroduce something and how long a delay before you reintroduced another food group.  You shouldnt be on a strict elimination diet for too long without some advice.  Could you ask the paed to recommend a dietician?  If your child has an intolerance you might need to speak with a dietician anyway.  Ali

#3 kit4keeps

Posted 01 March 2005 - 01:46 AM


My DD started suffering from severe pains in the stomach when she just started high school & had many days off school. We went to many different peads and she was even admitted to hospital for a week & had all sorts of tests carried out. Still no answers. They even asked her if she was acting or maybe even being sexually abused! We were then sent to Brisbane to see a specialist who instantly diagnosed her with abdominal migraines. She was put on some tablets(will have to check on the name for you) and these did seem to help, but didn't resolve the problem completely.
We didn't find that diet helped her in any way, so I think it is great that it seems to be working for your child. My DD is now 15 and still sufferes from them but not nearly as much since she left school in November to start her apprenticeship. We were told it is mostly found to happen to girl's (but of course does happen to boys too) Who are tend to worry or are over fussy about school work or try and go beyond the expectations of teachers. It usually starts in high school.
I know all this isn't much help to you, but I really don't have any answers. It is just a day by day thing and is very hard for the schools and other people to understand. Heat packs(like the wheat ones that you can heat in the microwave)put on the belly area can help relieve the pain to a degree. Also watch for signs that your son might start to suffer from the headache type migraines aswell, as DD suffers from them very badly these days.

I really wish you all the best with your DS

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This message was edited by kit4keeps on Tuesday, 1 March 2005 @ 2:49 AM

#4 caszoander

Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:18 PM

Thanks so much ladies for your replies.  It helps to know that others out there have experienced similar things.  DS has now gone for 7 days without vomiting and about 4 without tummy pains.  Heres hoping we might be on a path of recovery.  Thanks again for the replies!

#5 ~~~~!eternity!~~~~

Posted 01 March 2005 - 04:56 PM

You could try this site, I believe what you are describing is the same thing as CVS but I may be wrong.

Here's some info I copied:
The terms CVS and abdominal migraine often have been used interchangeably because of overlap in clinical criteria. Indeed, the key criteria, except vomiting, in abdominal migraines are identical to those in CVS: recurrent, stereotypical, and severe episodes of abdominal pain; punctuating well periods; autonomic symptoms (eg, pallor, lethargy); and a family history of migraine headaches. As a result, symptoms of abdominal pain and vomiting allow many children to be diagnosed with CVS or abdominal migraine. When both symptoms occur, the authors use the predominant or consistent symptom as the primary label

Here's the link: http://www.cvsaonline.org/

#6 caroline_d

Posted 01 March 2005 - 07:05 PM

MY 4yo daughter was diagnosed with cyclic vomitting syndrome (cvs or abdiminal migraine) she was put on periactin tablets as a prophylactic/preventative (they use these for regular migraines too) and we had some success with this, and some success with meditation/relaxation.  

OUr greatest success (or complete recovery :-)) came through the food allergy/intolerance elimination diet through RPA allergy clinic in sydney (they have a book, link below)


The book is quite good and could probably talk you through the process of elimination diets etc, however I agree that you dr should be making sure that you are supervised.

hope you can minimise the incidences

Caroline + Siobhan (3/2000)+ Shannon (7/2003)

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