I started suffering from severe basilar/hemiplegic migraines back in December 2013 – I was hospitalized twice, and had to go through a full neurological work-up with four different MRIs over several months. My doctors suspected MS or Lupus, but all test results thankfully came back negative.
About a year ago I started suffering from strange cramps in my stomach, along with reflux and nausea. I went on a three-month course of Topamax and these symptoms disappeared. I’m however curious to know if this could really be due to migraine, as it doesn’t really sound like the descriptions of abdominal migraine that I’ve read. The pangs come and go throughout the day, my stomach hardens (and literally looks flatter – yay?), and I sometimes get shooting pains in my ribs and shortness of breath. I’ve now been off Topamax for two weeks (Couldn’t take the side effects, and I’m now trying out feverfew) and the pain has returned.
I’m interested to know if anyone else has experienced this, and if the fact that Topamax worked confirms that it is actually due to migraine? As Topamax is an anti-convulsant, wouldn’t it have an effect on all types of muscle spasms?
I’ve had a gastroscopy that ruled out any problems directly related to my stomach. Would be grateful if anyone could shed any light on this!