How to Tell the Difference Between a Sinus Headache and a Migraine

How Sinus Headache differs from Migraine?

According to a study involving migraines and sinus headaches, 86% or patients who thought they were dealing with chronic sinus issues actually had migraines. Why does this confusion exist in the medical community? We’re going to take a closer look at the difference between the two conditions as well as a safe way to find natural relief.

Why the Confusion Between Migraines and Sinus Headaches?

There are a few factors that make these two conditions so easy to confuse. The first is that migraines often present with sinus symptoms. So you can’t automatically assume that the sinus problem is causing a headache. It may be a migraine creating sinus issues.

The other big factor is how quick some medical practitioners are to prescribe antibiotics to someone with headaches and sinus problems. You may think that if the headaches and sinus issues go away, that means it was an infection and the antibiotics did their job, but that is not always the case.

First of all, the placebo effect could be involved with some patients simply feeling better because they were told the pills would work. More common, however, could be that migraines don’t last more than a few days. They go away while a person is taking antibiotics and return not long after leading to another trip to the doctor with the same symptoms. Either way, the antibiotic dose was unnecessary. Is there a better way to find relief?

Getting Natural Help for Both Conditions

This neurological condition has a host of symptoms that go back to several factors. Intracranial pressure, blood flow to the brain, and brainstem function all play a role in migraine occurrence. All of these factors can be affected by even a slight misalignment of the C1 vertebra (atlas). Upper cervical chiropractors correct this misalignment by using diagnostic imaging to precisely measure the subluxation. After that, they provide gentle and long-lasting adjustments tailored to each patient. To learn more, contact a practitioner near you.


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