it might be a genetic thing, my grandmother suffered migraines. I am 53 also, you might check with your gyn and see if your hormones etc are in balance. I had a total hysterectomy at age 44 and the headaches subcided, nothing like they use to be, but I also take a hormone called estratest, you might mention this to your Mom too. There use to be an old saying "there is no headache like your own" I think it was from a commercial, but this would also apply to all of these people with back pain. Hope you feel better.