Did you know that nearly 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are actually Migraines? These are some of the symptoms that make people think they have a sinus headache:
runny nose or nasal congestion
red or puffy eyes
facial pain or pressure
All of those can be Migraine symptoms. A Migraine can inflame the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve has branches in the face, One runs above they eyes, one runs along the sinuses, and the third runs along the lower jaw. As a result, the pain may be felt near the sinuses, which are air pockets between bone in the lower forehead, cheeks and behind the nose. You can see a diagram of this in Pathways of Migraine . Sinus headaches rarely occur unless you have a sinus infection
For more information, see:
Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine.
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Many people self diagnose themselves or are even told by doctors that some of their headaches, especially those that are accompanied by facial pain in the sinus area are "sinus headaches." If you've tried various over-the-counter sinus medications to relieve your sinus headaches to no avail, there may be a good reason... It's probable that you don't have a sinus headache at all. Nearly 9 in 10 people with sinus headache symptoms likely are suffering from Migraines, suggests a study being presented at the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS). "It's not surprising that people are convinced they have sinus headaches, because they often have nasal congestion, pressure or pain in the forehead or just below the eyes, and red or puffy eyes... It's guilt by association. Much of the pain or pressure is in the face, on both sides, so it doesn't occur to them that this might be a Migraine." lead investigator E...
Hi good day sir/mam, I've been experiencing this pain a while now. My jaw and head hurts but only On the left side. For instance if I bend down with my head facing downwards and raise back up it pains a lot for a minute or two then slightly easier to bear with. My mother suffers with high blood pressure but there isn't any other sicknesses that I know of in the family. So can you provide me with an explanation on why this is happening to me please, i'll be very thankful. Have a blessed day! Aaron.
Two things you said might indicate Migraine:
the pain being on one side and
the pain worsening when you bend down.
Take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine for more information on the possible phases of a Migraine attack and the potential symptoms.
That said, what you describe could be any number of issues. There's simply no way for anyone to explain why this is happening...
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