Abdominal migraines are characterized by severe, sharp abdominal pain near the midline, lasting from one hour to three days, and are more common in children. Although experts have not settled on a specific cause, this condition is in the migraine family because it may have an underlying neurological or chemical origin, and may be triggered by psychological, environmental or dietary factors. A diagnosis is usually reached by ruling out other causes of abdominal pain, and treatment options include those used for migraine headaches.
Due to the difficulties in diagnosing and treating this condition, a child with abdominal migraines may experience difficulties in school and other activities for a long time without relief. If your child has had repeated episodes of abdominal pain diagnosed as abdominal migraine, consider contacting a Social Security Disability lawyer to discuss whether you and your child are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).