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I have a pressure headache for 3 week non stop I have migraine pills don't work sinus antibiotic no effect up to now im about to cry what more can I do?

I have a pressure headache for 3 week non stop I have migraine pills don't work sinus antibiotic no effect up to now im about to cry what more can I do?

Headache: The best way to diagnose and manage this is to see a doctor. If your pcp is stumped see a neurologist. If it is associated with your sinus infection a decongestant may be of value, along with nasal saline rinses or nasal steroid spray. This could conceivably be related to your hypertension, in which case get this treated asap. Best to see a doctor. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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How can I tell if I have a migraine or a sinus headache?

How can I tell if I have a migraine or a sinus headache?

CT of head/sinuses: A good clinical exam can usually distinguish a migraine from sinusitis. The definitive exam for sinusitis is a ct of the sinuses. A ct of the head is important for migraine.... But usually a good exam by a neurologist can determine if you have migraines. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a migraine, sinus headache or tension headache?

How can I tell if I have a migraine, sinus headache or tension headache?

May All Differ: Migraine headaches can be quite debilitating and usually are accompanied by nausea and vomiting. These headaches are usually localized and the pain is usually described as pulsating or throbbing. Tension headaches may be generalized to the whole head and are usually relieved with stress relief. On the other hand, sinus headaches present with pain on the front part of the face (maxilla). ...Read more

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Can a sinus headache lead to a migraine if left untreated?

Can a sinus headache lead to a migraine if left untreated?

HEADACHE: Sinusitis is the condition where any 1 or more of the sinuses in head/face become fluid filled and inflamed, producing pain. Headache is one potential symptom. Migraines are a class of headache disorders w/ very specific symptoms & diagnostic criteria. Illnesses in general (including sinusitis) can be migraine triggers... But only if you have been previously diagnosed with migraine headaches. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a migraine headache and a sinus headache?

I want to know what is the difference between a migraine headache and a sinus headache?

Big difference!: Migraine headaches are much more severe and typically affect one half of you head, mostly located above your eyes or in the side of the head(temple area). They often make you sensitive to light and sound that you would want to run and hide in the dark trying to sleep. Sinus headache is located around the nose(sinuses are connected with nose) and they often occur along with a head cold/runny nose. ...Read more

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What causes migraine, how can I avoid it, what differenciates sinus headache from migraine?

What causes migraine, how can I avoid it, what differenciates sinus headache from migraine?

Headache: There are many proposed theories on the causes of migraines from blood vessel constriction to cortical spreading depression. Some try avoiding triggers, but there is not good evidence for this. Sinus headache originates from sinus inflammation and swelling, not from within the brain as in migraine. Symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and visual changes or aura can help differentiate the two. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really bad sinus headache/migraine took the sinus relief and didn't help much at all can I take diclofenac?

What to do if I have really bad sinus headache/migraine took the sinus relief and didn't help much at all can I take diclofenac?

ENT doctor: If the pain is refractory to the sinus medications which are designed to decrease the inflammation in the sinuses and thus the pressure, you may want to consult with an ENT doctor. Sometimes patients may need some "extra help" in clearing the sinuses and the ENT doctors may help by surgically removing collections. Also an MRI or ct scan may be done to make sure there isn't some other cause. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really bad sinus headache/migraine took the sinus relief and didn't help much at all can I take diclofenac?

Probably.: NSAID's like Diclofenac (Voltaren) are safe and effective. May like Advil (ibuprofen) and Alleve are OTC (Over the Counter). They can have side effects and don't mix well with some drugs like BP meds & some diagnosis like ulcers. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain is a symptom in which a person has pain in the sinus spaces of the face. The sinuses are hollow spaces in the facial bones, with the largest spaces in each cheekbone and in the forehead. Sinus infections can cause sinus pressure, sinus pain, headaches, fever, cloudy ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more