While it seems that with age, people commonly lose things like vision and balance. As a good thing to lose with age comes a decrease in headaches.
According to an article on WebMD, “The prevalence of headaches at different ages in women and men, respectively, is as follows: 21 to 34 years, 92% and 74%; 55 to 74 years, 66% and 53%; and after age 75, 55% and 22%.” This can be good news for caregivers and seniors alike.
Too, the incident of migraines decreased. However, if you were prone most of your life to tension headaches, there may not be much of a change there. Tension headaches tend to follow stressful events. They start in the shoulders and neck where the muscles get tight and move upward to feel like pressure against the sides of the head.
Another type of headache that affects pretty much anyone at any age is the sinus headache. These have to do with things like allergies or colds where the sinus cavities are inflamed. There may be pressure in the sinus areas around the face such as the temples and sides of the nose, as well as plugged ears and a runny nose. These types of headaches can be pretty painful.
An interesting consideration regarding sinus headaches has to do with the fact that as people age, their noses continue to grow and eventually, the tips may start to sag. This could possibly affect the flow of air in the nose and contribute to continual drainage issues. With these, as well as any headache where the senior is considering taking medication, elders and caregivers should be sure to check with a physician about a safe method of relief.
Some foods can cause headaches. There are types of meats, such as hot dogs and salami, which use nitrites as a preservative. This can potentially cause blood vessels in the brain to swell and cause pounding type headaches.
And cold things like ice cream and frozen drinks can cause headaches. They are set off as the cold touches the roof of the mouth, sparking nerves to fire and blood vessels to swell, thus creating a tense headache. Sometimes drinking room temperature or warm drinks can stop these headaches in mid-motion.
Headaches can also be related to other things like side effects of over the counter medications or because of head injuries. Medication headaches tend to occur from the excessive use of pain medicines. These headaches usually are the worse in the morning hours.
Often times, a headache from head trauma is similar to tension headaches with regard to pressure. Depending on the severity of the injury, these headaches could eventually go away.
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