Hormone levels fluctuate with age, and this can cause an array of problematic symptoms to develop. Migraines are one of these symptoms, and while women suffer from chronic migraines at a significantly higher rate than men, they can affect either gender.
Antiaging therapy can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines by regulating hormone imbalance with treatments such as bioidentical hormone replacement, thus reducing the fluctuations that cause migraines to develop.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a severe headache that often lingers anywhere from several hours to several days. Migraines are typically accompanied by a collection of sensory symptoms, including:
- Visual disturbances like blind spots or flashing lights
- Tingling in the arms
- Extreme sensitivity to taste, light and sound
Sometimes, migraines develop with auras, which are more distinct visual disturbances that may cause narrowed or dulled vision.
Migraines develop from a chemical reaction in the temporal artery, which is located just outside the skull and beneath the skin. Chemicals are released as a result of inflammation or enlargement of the blood vessels. When something causes the blood vessels to enlarge it is called a migraine trigger. One such trigger is hormone fluctuations.
Migraines may also be caused by environmental triggers, including:
- Bright lights
- Loud noise
- Food intolerance
- Caffeine intake
- Lack of sleep
- Excessive stress
Migraines and Age
While there are some who struggle with migraines their whole life, others develop the lingering pain at the onset of andropause or menopause thanks to declining hormone levels. In these situations, migraines will typically resolve themselves once menopause or andropause comes to an end. Unfortunately, this could mean years of ongoing discomfort before any relief is in sight.
Hormone replacement therapy often alleviates migraines by restoring balance to hormone levels. This can prevent future migraines from developing, and reducing the severity, frequency and length of those that do develop.
Along with antiaging therapy, there are several lifestyle habits you can practice to reduce migraines in your life:
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear sunglasses when you are outside
- Avoid environmental triggers, like those listed above
- Practice good sleeping habits
- Manage stress
If you are struggling with migraines, it may help you to keep an ongoing journal. Write down what you eat, what you drink, where you go and what you do, and log your symptoms right alongside this list. In time you may notice trends that will help you prevent migraines more efficiently.