Are Sinus Issues Triggering your Migraine?

What is a Migraine?

Migraine headaches can be quite debilitating.  It is usually a severe headache typically centered more around one eye, worsened by light, lasting for hours, and may be associated with nausea. These are neurological headaches caused by a dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. These headaches are evaluated and treated by neurologists. There are preventative treatments as well as medication that can be used during an episode.

the most common trigger of a migraine is a sinus or nasal issue

Migraines typically have a trigger that precipitates them. The most common trigger is actually a nasal or sinus issue. Swelling from a sinus infection or allergy serves as the most common trigger. In addition, any crowding with point-to-point contact in the nose such as a deviated septum is also a very common trigger.

Frequently a patient will start off with typical sinus and allergy complaints. They may initially have typical sinus headache complaints, such as facial pressure and congestion. Then things turn from bad to worse as this triggers a migraine headache.

Treating Migraines caused by Nasal and Sinus issues

Preemptively treating the sinus issues when they start with decongestants, antihistamines, oral steroids, and oral antibiotics may successfully treat these symptoms and prevent the migraine from occurring.

Long-term, people who have nasal and sinus issues triggering their migraines would benefit from a two-fold strategy: Have a neurologist prescribe preventative medication, as well as something that can be used once the migraine has begun.

Schedule a consultation in our office so we can thoroughly evaluate the structural and sinus issues that are serving as a trigger. We use a miniCT scan of the sinuses, and painless video nasal endoscopy to understand where the trigger is located and the best options to eliminate that trigger. Whether it’s simple allergy drop therapy, balloon sinuplasty to relieve sinus inflammation, or correction of structural issues, such as a deviated septum, our solutions are simple, involving essentially no downtime.

A balloon sinuplasty procedure, including a septoplasty, is a 15-minute office procedure with no packing or splinting, and no pain medication needed.   Most patients are back to work the next day.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are a frequent migraine sufferer and the symptoms usually start with sinus or allergy complaints come see Dr. Daniel Slaughter today for a better path to resolving this issue. Call or securely text us at 512-601-0303 or complete our Request An Appointment form.

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Posted in: Allergies, Allergy Drops, Balloon Sinuplasty, Deviated Septum, Migraine, Sinus and Nasal, Sinus Infection, Sinus Surgery

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