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Abdominal Migraines in male adult

  • By Lukeda420

    I am a 29 year old adult and I have been having episodes of abdominal migraines for around 10 years.

    Basically what happens to me is that I will go from feeling fine to a weird kind of queasiness to a full blown attack within 5 to 10 minutes. Usually the queasiness comes directly after eating, although not always. My sensitivity to light and smell increases during this pre-attack period. Things I normally enjoy become almost noxious. I can drink coffee all day but during these episodes I can barley stand to be near it.

    My attacks come with severe and debilitating stomach cramps with cyclic vomiting that can last anywhere from 12 hours to 4 days. During an episode I am unable to keep anything down, not even water, and this has led me to the E.R. Several times and admittance a few times. Dehydration becomes a major concern during.

    It took a long time and a lot of tests and hospital visits to find this diagnosis but I’m pretty confident it is the correct one.

    I was wondering if there are any other adults who suffer from this on this forum. While it is relatively common in children it rarely carries on or develop in adulthood.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Lukeda420,

    Thank you for sharing that with us. Abdominal or silent migraine is mostly diagnosed in childhood, but 19 years old may still be considered “childhood” for diagnostic purposes. I’m not a medical professional so I could be all washed up!

    I don’t have this, but can share information on it with you. This link has lots many articles on this type of migraine; https://migraine.com/?s=abdominal+migraine.

    Hopefully other members will be along shortly to share their experiences with you!

    Best,
    Nancy

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  • By Oif0506

    47 year old male. Abdominal migraines stared in 2010. Dull throbbing pain above belly button. Dilaudid at a ER fixes me up within minutes. If the ER thinks I’m faking. Then the episodes can last up to 72 hours. I find a hot shower works a bit and gagging alleviates the pain. I’ve forced my fingers down my throat. To the point where my knuckles are bleeding and my mouth is shredded. Thought removing the gallbladder would help, nope!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Oif0506,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. May I ask if you’ve been to see a neurologist? If we have four or more severe attacks a month, it’s time to discuss migraine attack prevention with the doctor.

    Keep us posted,
    Nancy

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  • By Oif0506

    I had seen a few neurologists. Multiple diagnoses from multiple Doctor’s. Pancreatitis, IBS, ulcers, anxiety. I do have TBI and PTSD. So deciphering any medical condition gets really difficult.

    Albert

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Albert,

    I hear you! I’ve seen so many doctors I’ve lost count. There are doctors who are board certified in headache medicine (different than being certified in neurology) which may be something to investigate. Let me share our information on how these expert doctors are different and how to find one; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/
    and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    When we have multiple conditions, it can make treating migraine a bit more challenging. I’m sorry you are dealing with this. I sustained a TBI over 20 years ago and haven’t been the same since.

    Nancy

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