• Solta Solta
    December 01, 2009
    Can antibiotics improve chronic headaches or migraines?
    Solta Solta
    December 01, 2009

    I have noticed more headaches this year.  They get MUCH better after a round of antibiotics.  I was thinking they are recurring sinus infections but I am now wondering if antibiotics could be improving my headaches for other reasons.  The pattern is that my headaches get really bad every few months with a lot of cheek and forhead pain.  Migraine meds don't touch these headaches.  After 2-3 days of antibiotic they are much much better.  Dawned on me today there might be a link other than sinus infection.  Any thoughts?

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  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    December 19, 2009
    Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    December 19, 2009

    Hi, Solta,

     

    Antibiotics will help only if there is infection present. If you have a sinus infection, you could have sinus headaches. If there's any infection present, it can make you more susceptible to your Migraine triggers. Also, some infections other than sinus infections can cause headaches.

     

    Other than that, no, antibiotics do nothing to treat Migraines or headaches.

     

    Teri

    • Solta
      December 20, 2009
      Solta
      December 20, 2009

      I have been leaning towards the "only if infection" theory but man, that means I really am having a rough year with infections.  I have had a CT scan and even had blood work after one of my more recent ones to make sure it was gone (it was) and still 2 months later the major facial pain and unrelenting migraines returned.  Again, started an antibiotic and again, 3 days later pain was mostly gone and medications working as they typically do.

       

       

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    • Teri Robert
      December 20, 2009
      Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      December 20, 2009

      Ugh! I'm so sorry you're having so much trouble. So in your blood work, your white blood count was OK? Was the CT of your sinuses?

       

      What are your doctors saying?

       

      Teri

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    • Wich
      October 06, 2015
      Wich
      October 06, 2015
      I just came off a course of antibiotics for an ear infection and my headaches were gone for that whole week. As soon as I stopped the antibiotics, the headaches returned. I had noticed this a few years ago as well. The headaches definitely start in my neck and aren't sinus headaches. READ MORE
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