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Thousands of people take allergy and sinus medications because they believe the pain they are experiencing are due to sinus headaches. These people often do not get relief because in fact they are having migraines and not sinus headaches.

This article published in Health Central helps to clarify what the source of your headaches may truly be.

Oct 28th 2011

~ 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 congestion5
  • * Teary eyes
    * 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 the 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 bones in the lower forehead, cheeks and behind the nose.  Sinus headaches rarely occur unless you have a sinus infection.  ~

If these headaches are occurring many times a month and you have 15 days or more a month that you have headache symptoms, you may be experiencing chronic migraines and are a good candidate for prevention.

You may be able to eliminate or reduce the number of headache days you have and/or reduce the intensity of your headaches. You may also be able to significantly reduce the amount of medication you take as well.  Visit for mor information.


Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.