If you or someone you know experiences migraines after the age of 60, it's important to be aware of certain things that can help you manage and understand this condition. Migraines can be debilitating and disruptive to daily life, but with the right knowledge and support, you can find relief. To know more about it, we spoke to Dr Ravi Kesari, General Physician, Internal Medicine, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bengaluru.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a neurological condition that causes severe headaches. It is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. It is more than just a headache and can significantly impact your quality of life. Migraines can last for hours or even days, and they tend to be recurrent.
Reasons for Migraine in the 60s
As you reach your 60s, there are specific reasons why you might experience migraines. Hormonal changes, particularly in women going through menopause, can trigger migraines. Fluctuations in oestrogen levels can affect the frequency and intensity of migraines. Additionally, changes in blood vessels and the brain's chemical activity can contribute to migraines in older people.
Things to Know if You Have Migraines After the 60s
Here are some key points to keep in mind if you have migraines after your 60s, as per Dr Kesari.
Pay attention to potential triggers that may provoke your migraines. "Keep a migraine diary to record your symptoms, activities, and potential triggers. This will help you identify patterns and make lifestyle adjustments accordingly. Common triggers include certain foods, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes, and environmental factors," said Dr Kesari.
"As you age, your body may metabolise drugs differently, which can affect their effectiveness and potential side effects," said Dr Kesari. He added that it is important to work closely with your healthcare provider to find the right medication and dosage for your specific needs.
Make Lifestyle Changes
"Taking care of your overall health can have a positive impact. Maintaining regular sleep patterns, managing stress through relaxation techniques or therapy, and adopting a balanced diet can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines," said Dr Kesari.
Address Health Conditions
Migraines can sometimes be associated with other health conditions. "If you have high blood pressure, depression, or anxiety, it's essential to manage them effectively. Treating these conditions can help alleviate migraine symptoms and improve your overall well-being," said the doctor.
Visit a Doctor
"Seek medical advice if you haven't already. A healthcare professional can help diagnose your migraines and recommend appropriate treatment options. They can also rule out any other underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms," said the doctor.
Remember, everyone's experience with migraines is different, so working closely with your doctor will help create a personalised plan for managing your migraines.
[Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider to get a thorough diagnosis and treatment as per your health needs.]
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