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, ...
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
Since July of 2006, I have been experiencing very strange visual sensations (deja vu - seeing repetitive visions of experiences or thoughts regarding insignificant people that I have known in my life as well as physiological changes (a perceived drop in blood pressure, face paling, etc.) during numerous very short 20 to 30 second episodes. These episodes occur 4 to 5 times a year - usually seasonal and I experience about 10 -15 of them over the course of 2 days or so each time. A headache usually precedes them as does a change in my taste buds (things are tasteless or metallic tasting for a couple of days). After the episodes begin to wane (very few after a day or so), I experience a heightened sense in everything (an alertness, a heightened awareness of life). I went to see a neurologist a couple of years ago and he felt they were a type of migraine. I am experiencing them today (it's a weirdness I find difficult to explain but at times they are very fear provoking)...
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