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How common are headaches and migraines in older people?

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Older people have fewer headaches than younger ones, and women have more headaches than men through their lives. For example, between ages 21 and 34, the prevalence of headaches is 92% in women and 74% in men; after age 75, the prevalence drops to 55% and 21%, respectively.

Migraines tend to disappear with age, too. At age 70, only 10% of women and 5% of men experience them.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease."

Serratrice, G. Headache, March 1985.

Vongvaivanich K., Cephalalgia, September 2015.

Fisher, CM, Canadian journal of neurological sciences, March 1980. 

WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis" and "Hypnic headache."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 31, 2020

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease."

Serratrice, G. Headache, March 1985.

Vongvaivanich K., Cephalalgia, September 2015.

Fisher, CM, Canadian journal of neurological sciences, March 1980. 

WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis" and "Hypnic headache."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 31, 2020

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