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    Headaches, Migraines, and Nausea

    How Are Migraines and Nausea Related? continued...

    Abdominal migraine. In rare cases, children have migraines that cause stomach pain instead of a headache. Those can make them feel nauseated or vomit.

    Benign paroxysmal vertigo. This is a type of migraine without a headache. It usually happens to toddlers. They'll seem to suddenly lose their balance and may be unable to walk. It often makes them vomit, too. After a few minutes to several hours, the vertigo goes away on its own. 

    Cyclic vomiting syndrome. It causes people, usually children, to have periods of nausea and vomiting that can last anywhere from hours to days. The condition isn’t a type of migraine, but the two seem to be connected. Many kids who have cyclic vomiting syndrome go on to have migraines as adults.

    What Are the Treatment Options?

    A number of things can ease migraines with nausea. They include:

    Lifestyle changes. Stress is a common trigger for nauseating migraines. Find ways to cut it, and your attacks could get less severe and happen less often. What else helps? Quit smoking and avoid foods that are common migraine triggers, like chocolate and alcohol. 

    Medications. Your doctor might prescribe drugs to prevent migraines, to stop them once they've started, and to relieve your symptoms. You might also get help from a prescription device called a Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). It goes on the back of the head at the start of a migraine with aura. It gives off a pulse of magnetic energy into part of the brain, which may stop or ease pain.

    You can also take anti-nausea medications during your headache. They come in different forms, like pills, suppositories, syrups, and shots. They have a number of side effects, so work with your doctor to find one that works for you.

    Complementary treatments. Some evidence shows that biofeedback and acupuncture may help ease migraines and related symptoms, such as nausea.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on May 13, 2015
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