KayDee, I've had migraines for almost 30 years now. I've never heard of an intestinal migraine, but after giving it some though, I suppose it is possible. After all, a true migraine is usally caused by vascular infalammtion in the brain. The intestines are often referred to as the "enteric brain" and contain all of the same neurotransmitters as the brain, so why couldn't a migraine affect the gut? I know there are occular migraines and neck migraines. However, in all my years of migraines, I've never noticed an exacerbation of gut problems during one.
I suspect that your labor-like pains were really the result of the stricture, espcecially since they haven't returned since the surgery. Nausea and vomitting are very common with migraines though and can occur with any type of migraine.
What are you using to treat or prevent the migraines? Are you using diet alone? Haven't any of your Docs tried treating you with meds to prevent or at least abort the migraines?
1998 was the year of the sinuses for me and I had a nightmare sinus surgery which created the need for 2 more to fix the problems that one left behind. My Docs were all certain that allergy shots would help me and so I started them. Within 6 motnhs, I was experiencing a huge increase in migraines. They got so bad that the Fioricet I had used for many years was no longer effective and I had to self inject Imitrex. It wasn't long before I was injecting up to twice a week and still having constant migraines. I tried all sorts of preventive meds too and nothing was helping. Then, a co-worker mentioned that her nephew had to stop his allergy shots because of the headaches he had. Wow! I had never thought of the shots as the cause and rushed over to the allergist to discuss this.
I was then started on steroids the morning of my shots and then later that night. The headaches eased slightly, but didn't go away. Finally, I stopped them. It took approx 6 months before the migraines began to lessen. Now I am back to my regular routine and still get a monthly migraine, but they are much less severe and managable with my trusty ole Fioricet.
So, it's been a long time for me since playing with the new meds, but I understand there are many out there which cn be very effective. I think it's time you find a Doc who is willing to work with you to find an effective treatment. This may require an evaluation from a Neurologist, but if it gets you relief, it will be well worth it.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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