Migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches. Many times the diagnosis is an incorrect self diagnosis not a diagnosis by a medical professional or a “Sinusitis Doctor”. The misdiagnosis stems from the fact that some symptoms are common to both. Migraines are often associated with facial pain or pressure, difficulties breathing through nose, nasal congestion, and/or a runny nose. All of which are also common symptoms of a sinus infection which causes a sinus headache and limits you to breathe easy.
Consulting a medical professional is the best way to get a proper diagnosis of what is causing the sinus pain or headache. By definition, sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses. When the tissue gets inflamed the sinuses become blocked and fill with fluid where bacteria or a virus can grow and cause an infection. This causes cold-like symptoms including a runny/stuffy nose, sinus headache and facial pain. The symptoms usually start suddenly and can last for several days, even weeks sometimes.
Migraine sufferers on the other hand will have other symptoms, in addition to the facial pain and nasal congestion. Some of the additional symptoms include nausea, sensitivity to light, severe throbbing headache or pain, and typically the pain gets worse with activity. If your headache or sinus pain causes you to be nauseous, sensitive to light or keeps you from doing your daily activities, there is a strong likelihood you are having a migraine not a sinus headache. If over the counter medication has not helped, or you have been taking it month over month you should Consult with one of our ENT physicians to find out what it causing your facial pain or headache so we can help you put an end to it and you can improve your quality of life.
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