I'm looking for information about abdominal migraines, as a search of Yin Yang House has not found any articles or discussions about them. I am an acupressurist.
I have received information from the mother of a girl suffering from what she identifies as abdominal migraines: She has had several unexplained episodes of tummy pain that is often hard to localize. She will then vomit a few times and is left really tired and always has dark circles under her eyes. Her eyes almost look sunken into her head. She is also extremely pale. It takes her at least 24 hours; sometimes 48 hours before she is completely back to normal. She has missed at least 10 days of school due to these episodes and has an upcoming appt. with a Pediatric gastroenterologist.
That's all the information I have so far, though I suspect an emotional component of worry/frustration/fears could be involved as well.
I had previously never heard of abdominal migraines. It seems to me that the abdominal pain points towards Spleen, Liver, Small & Large Intestine due to location, and possibly to Liver Wind due to the difficulty of localization.
Vomiting would indicate Rebellious Stomach Qi and fatigue would be linked to Spleen Qi Deficiency and Kidney Deficiency (Yang? Essence??). The dark, sunken circles under the eyes tell me Deficiency, as does the paleness, and of course Kidney. But that's as specific as I can be at the moment.
I understand that when meridian Qi is blocked, it goes sideways, creating horizontal tension bands. So it seems that, in addition to working with Sp Lv K, it would be helpful to work with the HTB of the diaphragm, abdomen and possibly the pelvis.
What I am less clear about is when to tonifiy, when to "sedate". It seems that Sp & K generally need tonification and Lv often needs sedation.
Does anyone have experience with abdominal migraines? I have read online that they tend to occur in children and can be a precursor for migraine headaches.