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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.
See how much you know about types of and Migraines / headaches in our quiz:
Identify the Type of Migraine or Headache .
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
Do you have questions about headaches or Migraines? Many of our readers do, and each week, and Dr. John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert answer some of them. Dr. Krusz is a world recognized headache and Migraine expert, often conducting groundbreaking research at his clinic in Dallas. Here are this week's questions and answers...
7-year-old son - two years of right-sided headaches/Migraines? Full question and answer .
How many days in a row can I safely take Imitrex? Full question and answer .
Earache normal with Migraine? Anything to stop or prevent? Full question and answer .
Having a hard time tolerating Migraine preventive medications? Full question and answer .
Dry needling for migraines? Full question and answer .
Basilar or hemiplegic Migraines? Full question and answer .
Sinus headaches mid-afternoon? Full question and answer .
Month of headaches, now blurry vision? Full question and answer .
Intermittent sharp pain on left side of head? Full question and answer .
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