Migraines are a severe form of headache that impacts more than 38 million people throughout the United States. According to many experts, approximately half of those who experience migraine pain and symptoms have not been diagnosed. This makes it very important for you to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a potential migraine so you can help your parents seek an accurate diagnosis. Once they are diagnosed, your loved one can work with their doctor to create a course of management and treatment that will help them reduce the frequency of their migraines, lower their intensity, and live a higher quality of life even as they cope with this condition.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a migraine can include:
- Pulsing or throbbing pain in the head
- Pain that affects either one or both sides of the head
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to sound, touch, smells, and light
If the migraine attack goes untreated, or the treatment used is not effective, these symptoms can last anywhere from four hours to three days. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person, with some only experiencing mild to moderate discomfort and pain, to others experiencing such severe pain and symptoms they are unable to function, and must miss tasks such as work, basic daily tasks, and social or other activities. Most people experience phases of migraines that can include the prodrome, which comes approximately two to three days prior to the attack itself, the attack, and the postdrome. Some will also experience further symptoms and challenges known as an aura. Each individual can experience a different set of symptoms for each migraine, so it is important to pay close attention to your loved one so you can be prepared to give them the exact care they need to get through the event.
Having a migraine can not only be painful for your aging parent, it can put them at greater risk of a variety of other challenges. It is important that if your senior suffers migraines, particularly if they are one of the millions who deal with a condition known as chronic migraine, they receive the proper care and support before, during, and after their attacks. Fortunately, senior care can help. The personalized services of a senior home care services provider can help your aging parent to better understand their own migraine triggers, symptoms, and recovery needs. Through this they can devise a care and management approach aimed at helping prevent migraines, and getting through them as comfortably and safely as possible. This can include medication reminders, meal preparation, assistance with housekeeping tasks, and even physical support to aid in mobility and personal care tasks to reduce risk of injury during the various stages of migraines.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in West Memorial, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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