• cc cc
    June 04, 2011
    Can Ethmoid Sinuses Infection Cause Ocular Migraine?
    cc cc
    June 04, 2011
    I had two ocular migraine episodes within two hours. I have had a dull sinus headache for two weeks. Additionally I moved this year to a different climate which is triggering some allergy issues. Can ocular migraines be caused by allegies/sinus problems? READ MORE


  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    June 06, 2011
    Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    June 06, 2011

    Hi cc,


    I'm sorry you are having more Migraine issues since moving. But here's the thing -  Migraine is a genetic neurolgoical disease caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. AND - ocular Migraine is not diagnostic term, rather a descriptive one. That's why it is so important to get an accurate diagnosis. When you get a minute, can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


    So, no a sinus infection does not "cause"  a Migraine attack, but can certainly trigger one. Maybe think of it like this - being overtired and generally run down won't make you get a cold, the cold virus does. Sort of like a Migraine attack. NOt enough sleep, missing meals, dehydration and then a sinus infection (although kind of rare) and BAM  - there is  your Migraine. Does that make sense? 

    Here is a link on Sinus Headache for you to take a look at: 

    Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine.


    Good luck





  • Teena January 07, 2012
    January 07, 2012

    I suffer migraines and also suffer chronic sinusitis, each time i get a migraine i usualy have a sinusitis infection. A while ago i was taken to the ER with a bad migraine and 2 days later went to see my doc because my head was still hurting especialy the forehead above and between the eyes, after a CT scan i was told there is an acute infection and every sinus cavity was filled an infected....so sinus and migraines are linked with me.



    • Migraine Sufferer
      October 31, 2013
      Migraine Sufferer
      October 31, 2013

      I had the same experience.  My ocular migraines increased to the point of 2 or more per day, every day.  I started seeing a Neurologist, who ordered the regular battery of tests and prescribed a very high dose of Topomax which did little more that make me very disoriented.  I had to take a medical leave from my job because of the prescribed Topomax.  Needless to say, I stopped taking that med -- it alone was a horrible and life-impacting experience. It turns out that the CT scan showed acute infection in the sinus cavities.  When that was treated (finally), the migraines and their auras decreased significantly.  Now I know that when the migraine auras come back on a frequent basis, I need to see a doc about sinus infections.


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