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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This spring has been terrible for me. Every time there's been a thunderstorm, I've had a terrible sinus headache. My doctor told me to use Sudafed. Then I read an article that said sinus headaches are usually migraines. Can you please tell me if this is true? There's a long history of migraines in my family. Thanks, Jeanine.
Sinus headache is quite rare unless there's infection present. Research has shown that more than 90 percent of what people think are sinus headaches are migraines. You can find more information on this in Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine .
Given some of the symptoms that can occur during a migraine and some of the places pain can occur, it's not surprising that there can be confusion. Migraines can cause a runny nose, congestion, and lacrimation (eyes tearing). The trigeminal nerve can become inflamed during a migraine. The branches of the trigeminal nerve run above the eyebrows, ...
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...
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