Migraines and stomach disorder...question regarding an embarrassing development

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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am a long time migraine sufferer and a first time poster.  I have a question regarding a change in my migraine experience.  When I was younger my classic migraines would always be followed by extreme acute nausea.  As I have aged the nausea has subsided but unfortunately has been replaced by somewhat uncontrollable diaharrea.  As if the headache pain is not enough to deal with I now have this problem.  The transition from nausea to this problem was gradual but has transformed to the current situation. 
I haven't read a lot of information regarding migraines recently or kept current with the latest research on migraines, but I was curious if this is common with migraine sufferers to transition from nausea to the problem I mentioned above?
As you might guess it is a rather embarrassing problem and has made migraine that much tougher to deal with.

Post Edited (Looper13) : 8/5/2008 10:38:42 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Looper13,

Welcome to Healing Well. I am sorry to say that this can happen with migraine, and sometimes you can get a bit of both - I did at one time!!!! The reaction in your gut which ever form it takes is and 'autonomic' symptom for migraine. This is just a reaction your body takes.

However you may find as time goes on this too will change!!! If it is really bothersome you must talk to your Doctor about it.

take care

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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Looper13,
I'm sorry to hear about your migraines and the problems that go with it.  When I first got my migraines I had the nausea and vomitting problem.  As time went by I also started getting stomach pains and diarrhea.  It took a long time for me to talk to my doctor about that last part, but he told me that those are irritable bowel symptoms and they are actually more common with migraines than most people think.  I saw a paper on it recently and they were calling it "irritable bowel migraine pains," which I thought fit rather well.  I understand how embarrassing this problem is, but if you talk to your doctor about it, there are medications that can help you a lot.
Best of luck,
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
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   Posted 8/6/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the replies.  I am (somewhat) glad to hear this problem is common to migraine.  It's been a while since I have done any reading on migraine but I just didn't remember any connection to migraine and this problem. 

Is there a good source of information (book, cd, web-site) that is current and up to date with the latest on migraine headaches?  Maybe I should post this question on it's own?

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