Headache is a phenomenon that everyone experiences at least once in their life. Most headaches don’t last long. However, some people, and especially the elderly, will likely face chronic pain. Chronic headache not only reduces the quality of life but also leads to many dangerous complications if not controlled in time.
The cause of chronic headaches in the elderly
According to statistics, more than 70% of people over 70 years old in Vietnam often suffer from headaches and migraines. Some of the main causes of headaches in the elderly are:
Side effects of medications
As the body ages, we are more susceptible to various diseases. Therefore, most elderly people need to use a variety of drugs.
Side effects from medications.
Decreased resistance along with ingredients in the drug can be harmful to their body, the most common being headaches. Depending on the disease and the physical nature of each person, the pain will be stronger or weaker.
Sequelae from the accident
The rate of the elderly having a stroke is on the rise. After the accident, the patient keeps his life but it is difficult to avoid lifelong sequelae such as distorted mouth, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing food, difficulty walking… And this is also one of the causes of headache in the elderly is most common.
Cerebral circulation disorder
Inability (or disorder) of cerebral circulation has signed such as headache, dizziness, dizziness, inability to sleep, temporary loss of balance, memory impairment…
Cerebral circulation disorder.
The disease becomes more dangerous when prolonged pain in the head can be a sign of another condition. In particular, the common diseases are atherosclerosis, vascular malformations, blood vessel compression, hypertension, arrhythmia, and stroke.
Signs and remedies for headache in the elderly
A person is diagnosed with a chronic headache when headaches persist for more than 15 days a month and last for at least 3 months.
How to overcome the elderly chronic headache.
In which, chronic headache has 2 forms: short and long, based on the time when the pain occurs. The long-form is divided into 4 smaller forms, including:
- Chronic migraine
- Chronic tension headache
- Persistent migraine
- Persistent (daily) headache
Health care for the elderly suffering from chronic headaches is not easy. The years of their life deprived them of their strength in the immune system as well as their ability to restore the body. Therefore, using drugs is not enough, relatives need to combine with other supportive treatment measures. Include:
Build a scientific diet
Chronic headaches in the elderly can be better controlled if their diets are scientifically rebuilt.
There is a scientific diet.
It is maintained regularly 3 meals/day, meals full of necessary nutrients. For people suffering from metabolic disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, dyslipidemia …, it is necessary to develop a separate, stricter diet.
Light physical activity
Elderly people should avoid vigorous exercise (to avoid injury), but should not sit still every day.
Light physical activity.
Exercising with gentle exercises will help improve resistance, at the same time make the mind more comfortable and thereby reduce headaches. If the elderly do not want to walk, they can practice yoga, qigong practice, tai chi …
Proper relaxation helps relieve headaches in the elderly
The principle is that patients must always be optimistic for their health to be better. Therefore, the elderly should maintain social activities in addition to physical activities. Relatives also need to care, talk regularly and share so that the spirit of the elderly is always in a stable state.
Chronic headaches, if not treated promptly, can damage the nervous system, blood vessels as well as brain structure. In severe cases, the patient will be more prone to dementia, stroke (leading to disability), and even death.
Therefore, we need to take effective measures to prevent and support care for relatives suffering from chronic headaches for the elderly. Currently, on the market has appeared Gerphaton Gold oral tablet with the main ingredient is Ginkgo Biloba – a famous “herbal elixir”. Ginkgo Biloba is used to increase blood circulation, help reduce stress and insomnia, especially suitable for the elderly.