When most people think of migraines, they think of the intense pain, nausea, and sensitivity to sensory stimulation that occur in the attack itself. As a family caregiver, however, it is important for you to recognize that this is only part of a migraine. Most migraines feature several phases that have their own symptoms and challenges. The first occurs two to three days prior to the migraine itself. This is known as the prodrome and acts as a warning of the upcoming attack. The next is the migraine attack itself, which can last from 4 to 72 hours, particularly if left untreated. Once this attack is over, however, the migraine is not truly over. After the attack comes another phase known as the postdrome. While not as intense, this phase, which can last approximately 24 hours, can be challenging and uncomfortable for your parents. During this time, their body is recovering from the attack, and they may experience a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.
Some of the postdrome symptoms and challenges your elderly parent might experience include:
- Sensitivity to sound and light
- Feeling washed out
- Feeling drained
Others may experience a sense of elation and increased energy. It is important to note, however, that even if your parent feels this way, they should not push themselves or overdo it. They are still recovering from the migraine, and overwhelming their body can push them into another attack or other symptoms. It is important to encourage them to stay calm and take things easy until they feel they have returned to normal.
Supplementing the care you already give your aging parent as their family caregiver with senior care can be instrumental in supporting their best health and well-being as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can step in to offer additional care oh, and be with your aging parent when you are unable to, or to provide care services you cannot properly fulfill. When it comes to caring for a senior who suffers from migraines, this care can reduce their suffering, help them to lessen the length of their migraine, and even lower the risk of suffering it further attacks. Through care tasks such as reminding them to take their medications, helping them to avoid their personal triggers, and managing daily tasks such as washing dishes, doing laundry, and preparing meals while they are suffering can allow your parents you get the rest they need, while also managing their migraine in a healthy and effective way.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.