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6 Common Causes of Migraines

By Manpreet Dhalla, 9:00 am on

It’s not uncommon for seniors to live with sporadic or even chronic migraines. Ft. Lauderdale live-in caregivers can help their loved ones avoid this painful condition by reducing their loved one’s exposure to the following six triggers.

1. Dehydration

Clinical studies have proven that dehydration causes major symptoms like headaches and dizziness. People who are moderately or severely dehydrated are likely to suffer from a migraine. The lack of bodily fluid in the bloodstream causes uneven distribution of pressure in the upper body.

2. Hormonal Imbalance

Ladies of all ages are likely to get migraines due to fluctuations in estrogen. This important hormone can trigger painful headaches even in women who went through menopause. In males, low levels of testosterone might be responsible for causing fatigue and some migraines. Elderly males are very likely to have low levels of this important hormone.

3. Insomnia

A lack of sleep disrupts the natural flow of neural activity in the body. People who suffer from insomnia are likely to be agitated, stressed and irritated even by the slightest things. Headaches and migraines are natural symptoms of insomnia because certain parts of the brain are overactive.

4. Psychiatric Drugs

The neurotransmitter serotonin has been linked to various forms of migraines. Some studies have shown that a low concentration of serotonin can trigger migraines. Therefore, people who take Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are likely to get frequent migraines and other side effects. SSRIs are potent drugs that are typically prescribed to treat anxiety and depression especially in adults and elderly individuals.

5. Food Ingredients

As one of the most common artificial sweeteners, aspartame could increase the risk of migraines in children and senior citizens. When shopping at the supermarket, Ft. Lauderdale home care providers recommend carefully reading the labels of snacks, beverages and other treats that might be loaded with this ingredient. Additionally, a large intake of caffeine within a short time period can eventually lead to headaches and migraines as part of an energy crash.

6. Sensory Irritations

Strong odors and bright lights may cause migraines in people who are particularly sensitive to their environments. When inhaled, hazardous fumes from cigarettes and paint affect blood flow to the head. Similarly, intense flashes of strobes and other powerful lighting can cause temporary seizures, disorientation, and headaches.

Help your loved one manage migraines or other chronic conditions by calling Home Care Assistance of Fort Lauderdale at (954) 909-0370 today. We provide flexible Alzheimer’s, dementia and post-stroke care Ft. Lauderdale families rely on to help seniors age in place in comfort. Talk to a friendly Care Manager today to schedule a complimentary consultation.