Abdominal Headache

Abdominal Headaches and Migraines in Children and Adults in Chicago

If you or your child is experiencing the symptoms of an abdominal headache, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert doctors undertake a comprehensive examination to help us arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Once we have the correct diagnosis, we develop an individualized treatment plan to help relieve pain and allow the patient to resume normal daily activities. Because our doctors are experts at both pain and migraines, we are able to create a treatment plan specific to the unique symptoms of your stomach migraine, so you or your child can find true relief.

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Abdominal Migraine Symptoms

Abdominal migraine affects mainly children between 5 and 9 years of age, but can be seen in adults as well. Many of these children go on to develop migraine headaches (with or without aura) later in life. Abdominal migraine symptoms may include:

  • Midline abdominal pain of moderate to severe intensity that lasts 1 to 72 hours
  • Chronic or recurring pain severe enough to interfere with normal activities
  • Mild or no headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Pallor with dark shadows under the eyes or flushing
  • The absence of another illness, including a gastrointestinal disorder

The Danger of Misdiagnosis

Because a stomach migraine affects the stomach, not the head, many doctors misdiagnose this condition as irritable bowel syndrome or another similar syndrome, leaving patients with few options for relief.

If you suspect that an abdominal migraine may be the cause of your child's pain, it's important to talk to a doctor who understands this condition thoroughly in order to find the right abdominal migraine treatment.

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How Is Abdominal Migraine Diagnosed?

No specific diagnostic test is available to confirm abdominal migraine. A diagnosis is made through a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, incidence of migraine headache in the family, symptoms, and a physical exam and tests to rule out other conditions. If stomach pain is consistent with an abdominal migraine, and no other conditions are noted, then the next course of action is to pursue abdominal migraine treatment.

  • Evaluation of a patient’s medical history
  • Incidence of migraine headaches
  • Symptoms
  • Physical Exam
  • Tests

What Are the Treatment Options for Abdominal Migraine?

Treatment for abdominal migraines in children and teens includes rest, plenty of fluids, over-the-counter pain relievers and relaxation/behavioral therapy techniques. Treatment for abdominal migraines in adults and older children may include prescribed medications used for other forms of migraine, such as NSAIDs, anti-nausea medication and triptans if the attacks are infrequent. Frequent abdominal migraines are treated with the same preventive therapies used for other migraines, which is why working with a headache doctor can be the best choice for this abdominal condition.

Treatment for Children:

  • Rest
  • Fluids
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Relaxation and behavioral therapy techniques

Treatment for Adults and Older Children:

  • Prescribed medications
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Triptans


If you or your child is suffering from abdominal migraines, Diamond Headache Clinic in the Chicago area is the logical choice for treatment. Our physicians understand migraines and their treatment well, and many of the treatments of traditional migraines apply to abdominal migraines.

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Give Us A Call Today

Diamond Headache Clinic wants to help all abdominal headache sufferers find relief. Our team is skilled at helping patients identify, track and lessen triggers so they can live life free from the constant fear of another topside. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Call Diamond Headache Clinic at 1-800-HEADACH, or schedule your appointment conveniently online.

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