Adult abdominal migraine symptoms

Abdominal migraine is usually diagnosed in children, but some adults suffer from it as well. Despite being listed as a type of migraine, most of the actual pain is located in the abdomen. However, according to the book "Pelvic Pain: Diagnosis and Management," there are many doctors who don't recognise that adult abdominal migraine even exists.


There can be pain in the head accompanying abdomen pain, but often there isn't any head pain. Any head pain present is usually located on one side of the head.

Main Symptoms

These include intense nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhoea dizziness, turning pale and coughing up mucus or bile. After a few hours of suffering, the person falls into a deep sleep and usually wakes up feeling better.

Previous Symptoms

Although children with abdominal migraines may grow up into adults with abdominal migraines, adults can get them without having suffered attacks as children.

Time Frame

Symptoms can come on suddenly and last for a few hours and then mysteriously vanish. There are no symptoms between attacks.


These symptoms are nearly identical to cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS). It could be that CVS and adult abdominal migraines are the same.

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Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.