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Monday, November 30, 2009 Solta, Community Member, asks

Q: Can antibiotics improve chronic headaches or migraines?

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
12/19/09 5:52pm

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

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Solta, Community Member
12/20/09 12:01am

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, Health Guide
12/20/09 12:08am

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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mcmurraychick, Community Member
12/ 1/09 3:50am

it could be. i am 3 weeks out from sinus surgery, and think i am starting to tell a difference.

 

talk with your doctor abut it. mine was open to the possibility, and sent me to the ENT. 14 days after i went for my first visit, i had my surgery.

 

recovery has been slow, but i think it might just pay off in the end.

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