It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been really sick 🤒 with my migraines and ongoing stomach issues which I have now learned I have gastritis as well as abdominal migraines, while dealing with my chronic migraines too. So it’s been a rough couple of months. So the topic i would like to touch on is abdominal migraines because it’s something I’ve never heard of until now and it’s apparently very common to get if you suffer from chronic migraines. Abdominal migraines aren’t headaches they are actually a reaction to the same triggers as migraine headaches. So again you have to find what triggers your migraines and abdominal migraines. Which means they hurt a lot and cause a lot of stomach cramps and pain.
Major Abdominal Migraine symptoms:
- Nausea 🤢
- Vomiting 🤮
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain (mine has been in the upper stomach, but it can be a non-localized Pain)
- Stomach cramps
- Overall discomfort and feeling sick 🤢 and not wanting to eat or do anything
The only good thing ( and I say that lightly) is when you do have abdominal migraines you won’t have a migraine as well, when you have a abdominal migraine attack you won’t have a migraine attack as well they don’t come at the same time. The symptoms of a abdominal migraine completely go away when you have a regular migraine.
It has been a nightmare for me it has taken me three months to finally figure this out and several emergency room visits and a lot of medical bills. Finally I was referred to a GI specialist who is awesome.
I had a EDG test done where they take a camera and look down into your stomach, that’s where they found out that I had gastritis, which takes 6-8 weeks to heal and he also thinks I have abdominal migraines as well.
So my best advice is to get seen by a doctor, and get referred to a GI specialist. It’s a nightmare just to deal with the chronic migraines let a loan to have to deal with abdominal migraines as well.
The best thing you can do is to find the best doctor you can and to treat your symptoms. I can no longer have regular milk, cheese, yogurt. I believe I am lactose intolerant because anytime I have dairy my stomach is super upset so it could be a trigger is what I believe, so again with abdominal migraines you have to find your triggers 🙄
Abdominal migraine Triggers:
- Dairy products (My trigger)Caffeine Cheese 🧀
- (this is a big one for me)Chocolate🍫
- Fruit🍎 🍉
- Preserved meats Foods that are greasy (this is another major trigger for me)
These are just some triggers, and not all of these will trigger you everyone is different and everyone has different triggers you just have to figure out what your triggers are. There may be other foods out there that trigger you but don’t trigger me and foods that trigger me but don’t trigger you etc. You just have to figure out what causes your pain and that goes for your migraines as well. I’ve dealt with chronic migraines for nine years now and I’m still figuring out my triggers. Now that I’ve been diagnosed with abdominal migraines I am now learning and figuring out my triggers again so it’s all new to me.
So in conclusion, if you are suffering like me there are options out there, it took me a long time to figure this out and a lot of doctor visits and a lot of minsdiagnosises, but Now I have a really good doctor, and medications to help me but like my chronic migraines it’s going to be a life long thing that I will have to get used to. I just take it one step and one day at a time.The first step is to see a doctor and figure out your triggers and get on medication if possible.
If you have any questions please let me know, this is all new to me and I’m still dealing with this myself physically, and mentally, it’s a struggle health wise and a financial burden with all the medical bills so I get it, hang in there 😀
P.S. Please check out my go fund me page here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/cant-afford-treatment-for-migraine&rcid=r01-153328966978-ba469905e80741e6&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m
*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional my advice is based of personal experience.