Do you get sinus headaches on a regular basis? Millions of people do. But could your sinus headaches actually be migraines? Before you dismiss the idea, you may want to learn about a study involving patients who were certain they were dealing with sinus headaches. Researchers discovered that 86% of the people in the study actually had migraines and were just confusing them for sinus headaches. How can that be? And how can you find natural relief for migraines and many other headache types? Read on to learn more.
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There are some similarities between migraines and sinus headaches that lead to the confusion between the two. The primary similarities are:
Of course, those are just three symptoms, and they may not be the entire reason for the confusion between sinus headaches and migraines. What else contributes? One factor is that migraines rarely last more than a day or two. Therefore, if you go to the doctor with sinus problems, they give you a pill for a sinus infection, and you start to feel better in the next day or two, you will probably attribute it to the pills rather than assuming that the diagnosis was wrong and your migraine ended on its own.
You also have to consider the placebo effect. When drug companies are trying to get FDA approval, the bigger concern is that the drug is safe, not that you get significantly better results for the non-placebo group. The fact is that, for whatever reason, humans seem to feel better after you give them a pill that you say will make them feel better. Therefore, you may feel better a few days into an antibiotic, even if you don’t have a sinus infection causing your headaches.
There are two very common migraine symptoms that don’t have anything to do with sinus headaches. So these may be your best indicators to determine which condition you are dealing with.
While migraines are a neurological condition, they do have a few things in common with other headache types. For example, whether you are suffering from a headache or a migraine, some of the underlying factors can be related to blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, or brainstem function. This helps us to see the connection between headaches and neck pain. An upper cervical misalignment can be responsible for all of these factors.
For all of these reasons, if you are suffering from migraines or any other type of headache, it is worth it to see an upper cervical specific chiropractor. Precise measurements and gentle adjustments focused on the C1 and C2 make this a unique form of chiropractic care. To learn more, schedule a consultation with a practitioner near you. The search feature on this site can help you to find one of our preferred doctors.
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