Migraine from Sinus Pressure

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Sinuses are cavities found within the head that connect with nasal cavities and other tissues. Some people are affected by a condition called sinusitis which happens when the sinuses become inflamed and produce excessive mucous. There are different causes for sinusitis that have been put forward as well as medical and homemade treatments. Symptoms of sinusitis are like constant headaches, nasal and facial pressure depending on the sinuses that are affected, fever and sometimes a reduced sense of smell.

Most patients have often reported having migraines whenever they suffer from sinusitis and this has caused many to ask whether or not there is a link between sinusitis and migraines. Migraines can be described as headaches that are characterized by throbbing in one side of the head, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light and sounds and nausea. Most people who suffer from migraines state that they often have auras of light or tell tale signs of a migraine attack. Some begin feeling nauseous; others feel a tingling in their limbs while some feel weak and fatigued. Migraines are very painful and often render the sufferer unable to work as normal. Most sufferers prefer sitting or lying down in dark rooms away from any noise. Typically migraines can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The causes of migraines vary from person to person however the most common one is stress. Most doctors will advice migraine sufferers to eliminate any causes of stress in their lives.

Sinusitis causes pressure on different parts of the face. This pressure can buildup and hence lead to a headache. The headache is usually aggravated by leaning forward or any physical exertion. Accompanying the headache can be fatigue and congestion. All of these are characteristics of both migraines and sinus headaches. More often than not the two are associated together and one is mistaken for the other. This is due to the fact that their symptoms and causes are very similar. For instance;

  • A change in the atmospheric pressure can cause the patient to think that they are suffering from sinus pressure which leads to the sinus headache but in real sense the atmospheric change leads to a migraine.
  • Both headaches share the same nerve. This can lead the patient to believe that they are experiencing a sinus headache while they are experiencing a migraine.
  • Fluctuations according to seasons. It has been proven that most migraines tend to happen during spring and fall and this can be mistaken for a sinus headache. This is because of the time changes which lead to a change in lifestyle pattern hence leading to a migraine. A patient may think that they are suffering from a sinus headache due to allergies.
  • Migraines cause the patient to develop a thick membrane around the sinuses and if a patient were to go for an x-ray they may end up being treated for sinusitis when in fact they have migraines.

There are ways you can differentiate a migraine from a sinus headache.

  • With a sinus headache you can expect a blocked nose, congestion in your ears and head. Your mucous discharge will be yellow or a light green. Your sense of smell will be affected as with your mouth’s odor.
  • With migraines the symptom that really helps you identify them is that the headache is usually just one sided and the pain can also be felt within the ear and running down the side of your neck. A migraine will also cause you to have increased sensitivity to noise, smells and light.

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