Migraine Gem of the Day - Sinus or Migraine?

Patient Expert

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
  • tearing
  • 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

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