What Does A Sinus Infection Headache Feel Like?

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Headaches tend to come in different forms. They also get triggered by varying health conditions, including sinus infections. As a result, finding an effective way to relieve the pain tends to be tricky for some. To know if remedies like chiropractic atlas adjustment can help you, we suggest trying to get to know a bit more about your symptoms and the reason behind them. 

For example, how do you know if your headaches stem from a sinus infection or a completely different health condition? What are tell-tale signs you need to observe? Let’s take a closer look at how sinus infection headaches feel like and how they compare to other causes of headaches. 


A Quick Overview on Sinus Infections

Sinus infections are pretty common in the US, affecting about 35 million each year. It commonly happens when there is a swelling in the nose due to flu or common colds. Sinus infections also tend to occur frequently due to structural problems of the sinus, blocked ducts, nasal polyps, or immune system malfunctions. Unfortunately, sinus infections can cause a plethora of symptoms, which include severe headaches. 


How Sinus Infection Headaches Feel

It's easy to confuse sinus headaches with other types of headaches, such as a migraine headache.  According to statistics, around 90 percent of migraine headaches get misdiagnosed as sinus infection headaches. That’s because it causes a steady and throbbing pain in the head. However, you can quickly determine that you’re experiencing a sinus headache if the pain also affects the face, nose bridge, and cheeks. You can also look out for other symptoms of sinus headaches such as: 

  • Fatigue
  • Pain when you try to tilt your head downwards
  • Stuffy nose with green or yellow-green colored mucus
  • Pain or pressure on your browbones and forehead
  • Achy teeth or jawbones
  • Facial muscle stiffness or inflammation

Most patients seeking remedies for sinus headaches report that their symptoms last for a few hours but sometimes stretch for days. If the problem stems from a viral or bacterial infection, you can expect less severe headaches and other symptoms once the illness clears. You might also be able to speed up your healing process with natural remedies like upper cervical care chiropractic.  

If you’re unsure whether the headaches stem from a sinus infection, you can schedule a visit to your doctor. Besides doing a physical checkup, your primary doctor may also run additional tests like brain scans depending on the other reported symptoms.


Other Possible Causes of Headaches

If you don’t get a positive diagnosis for sinus headaches, there are other possible explanations behind your pain. Some of these include the following:


Did you know that failing to drink enough water in a day can cause mild to severe headaches? As much as possible, you should consume about 11 to 15 cups of water a day. This will help you replenish the water or moisture you lose when you pee, poo, or sweat. 

Abnormal caffeine intake 

Caffeine intake has a profound effect on the veins. That’s why it’s quite common to find headache medications that contain a tiny bit of caffeine. After consumption, caffeine tends to increase blood pressure levels, which could lead to either the improvement or worsening of your symptoms. If you suddenly quit drinking caffeinated products, you might experience severe bouts of headaches. Conversely, if you rarely consume this stimulant but suddenly consume it in excess amounts, you might also experience pain that could last for several hours. 


When the blood pressure shoots up, you might experience symptoms like headaches. This happens because the blood vessels tighten, limiting blood distributed to crucial parts of the body, such as the brain. You might also experience headaches as a side effect of your medications for hypertension.

Post-concussion syndrome 

Plenty of patients coming in for a chiropractic atlas adjustment previously had a concussion. Unfortunately, concussions are quite common in the US, with roughly 3.8 million cases recorded each year. The worst part is that even after the concussion symptoms go away, a patient might still experience post-concussion syndrome. Sometimes the symptoms occur months or years after the initial injury has healed. It can cause headaches, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, and vertigo episodes. 

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Excessive consumption of MSG 

MSG or monosodium glutamate is a staple in some kitchens. People commonly add it to their food to enhance the flavor. However, not many people know that it can trigger migraines or headaches. It tends to dilate the blood vessels and stimulate the brain's nerve endings, causing you to experience worse pain.

Medication abuse 

Long-term and improper use of headache medication can lead to rebound headaches. The episodes tend to worsen when you stop drinking the medicine. It can cause you to experience pain similar to tension headaches. The attacks can recur each month and trigger severe pain during the morning. 

TMJ Disorder

It may come to you as a surprise, but your jawbone alignment can, in fact, contribute to the worsening of your headaches. Some people who receive a chiropractic atlas adjustment for their headaches also have a temporomandibular joint disorder. This health condition primarily affects the facial muscles, but it can also cause pain in your neck and head. 

Excessive scalp pressure

Love wearing sports headbands? Be sure to pick ones that feel comfy around your head. Otherwise, wearing them might trigger distracting headaches. We recommend paying close attention to the tightness of your helmet, goggles, or other accessories worn around the head. They can put pressure on the scalp that may affect the flow of blood to your head. 


Chiropractic Atlas Adjustment For Headaches 

Headaches can pester you for days, causing you to miss out on activities or experiencing waves of emotion ranging from fear to depression. Thankfully, you can tap into natural and holistic remedies for headaches, such as a chiropractic atlas adjustment.

Whether your symptoms stem from a sinus infection, scalp pressure, excessive caffeine intake, or other factors, an upper cervical care chiropractor can help. 

Upper cervical care is a unique, precise, and gentle approach to restoring your body’s vitality and balance. It realigns shifted neck bones to relieve pressure on the nerves and muscles that they have impacted. Once fully repaired, the neck bones can perform their ultimate function once more – to protect the brainstem. 

Consequently, your brainstem can function smoothly, providing your brain the necessary information to heal faster and prevent the same mishap. 

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