Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) affects an estimated 134 Million Indians and is a very common health condition in our country. Hence, even headaches caused by other health conditions like Migraine can be easily confused as Sinus Headaches due to similar symptoms. Dr Rajesh Bhardwaj, an ENT specialist with over 37 years of experience, explains why sinus problems occur, what is migraine and how can we differentiate between the symptoms of a Sinus headache and symptoms of Migraine.
He addresses important questions about the causes of migraine, migraine aura, symptoms of migraine, causes of a sinus headache and symptoms of a sinus headache:
0:20 – What are the symptoms of a Sinus Headache?
0:49 – What triggers a Migraine?
1:19 – How do I know my headache is a Migraine?
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It is really very common for patients to come to the clinic and say they have a sinus problem because they have a headache
And when we evaluate this, we find the cause of the headache being something different
First of all a sinus headache, usually in our country, is never very serious or severe.
Secondly, there are accompanying symptoms of a cold like
thick nasal discharge, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and cheek pain. There would be an accompanying cheek pain.
This headache usually stars off in the morning when you wake up,
And gradually wanes off over a period of time as the day progresses, because the sinus starts cleaning up its mucus and the patient feels more relieved
A migraine headache, on the other hand, is very different.
First of all, there may be a trigger.
The patient has not slept enough,
Patient has not eaten properly,
Or at the right time.
Patient has had a very heavy meal
Patient is emotionally upset
These may cause the headache to happen
And these are the so-called typical migraine triggers
Even going out in the hot sun can sometimes trigger the migraine headache.
Most chronic migraine sufferers have an aura
An aura is that they know when the headache is about to happen
And they start taking precautions immediately.
A typical migraine headache is a dull throbbing pain in the head
Usually bi-temporal, that is both sides of the head
The patient wants to lie down quietly, In a dark and quiet room
Patient feels a little relief on pressing the forehead as well as the head
There is sometimes an accompanying nausea and vomiting
And the patient may have accompanying lights that the patient sees
Or photophobia, that is, The patient does not want to see bright lights at all.
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