Many patients come to the clinic telling that they have sinus migraine. As the symptoms of both same, sinus headaches and migraines are often confused.
Migraine and sinusitis can co exist and both can present with throbbing or aching pain in one or both sides of the head. Both sinus headaches and migraines can become worse if you bend forward. Both sinus headaches and migraines can have nasal congestion as an additional symptom, along with the headache. However, there are some primary differences between migraines and sinus headaches, in both symptoms and causes. For example, migraine patents may feel nausea during a migraine attack, while those suffering from a sinusitis will not experience this symptom. Furthermore, migraines are made worse by light and noise, while sinus headaches are not affected by the same.
A migraine is the name for a severe, recurrent headache. Factors, like your sleeping and eating habits, environmental and hormonal changes, among many others may cause migraines. Migraines themselves are a disease, caused by expansion of the cranial blood vessels. Migraine headaches may be accompanied by light, sound, smell and nausea.
Migraine headaches are caused by triggers like diet, lack of sleep, exposure to sunlight, traveling, and hormonal changes in the body. There is a strong familial tendency for migraine.
About Sinus Headache
Inflammation of one\’s sinuses membranes due to nasal problems as well as bacterial infection is what you call sinusitis or sinus. If you have sinus, you will experience pain around the face, especially on your cheeks, areas surrounding the eyes, as well as above the eyebrows. Symptoms that occur with sinusitis are colds, phlegm, and fever. These symptoms can worsen if you apply pressure on your face .The pain or pressure may be specific to one area of the head, and may worsen in the morning or when you stand or bend forward. Changes in temperature may make the pain worse, and the pain is typically worse in the morning. The headache may be accompanied by postnasal drip, a runny noise, nasal congestion, a fever and a general sense of being tired and feeling ill.
Diagnosis by ENT examination nasal Endoscopy CT or MRI imaging.
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