Research suggests that many migraine sufferers outgrow migraine headaches as they get older. In this article Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R will review research outlining typical onset and remission time frames.
For the estimated 28 million people in the United States who experience migraine headaches, there may be some comforting news. Some sufferers do outgrow migraine headaches. Research suggests that migraine attacks tend to decrease in frequency, duration and intensity as people get older. The average age of onset for migraine headaches is 20 years old, and they tend to recur over a 25-year period.
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT MANY PEOPLE OUTGROW MIGRAINE HEADACHES
Although the typical progression of migraine headaches over time continues to be studied, research has showed that many people who suffer from the disorder eventually become migraine-free as they get older. More commonly, for those who continue to experience migraines, the episodes become fewer, happen less often and become milder as they age.
Even when people are genetically predisposed to migraines that occur within the family, studies show that migraine headache episodes can eventually disappear by around age 60. As we age, our brains begin to lose cells and shrink, which may be part of the reason for the decrease of migraines in older adults.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MIGRAINES
While this research provides hope to many migraine sufferers, it is still important to remember that you can manage your migraines. Taking charge of your migraines can help reduce the frequency of episodes and possibly eliminate the need for prescription drugs. Click this link to learn more about migraine headache treatment options.
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Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, is the director of First Health Associates Physical Medicine Department.Leave a reply →