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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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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 just a bad headache?

How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad headache?

Aura: Migraines are sometimes associated with a certain "feeling" before it comes on full force. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad tension-type headache?

How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad tension-type headache?

None: A migraine is typically described as throbbing pain and may be associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura (a funny taste, smell or visual disturbance that lets you know you're going to have a migraine). A tension headache is described as a vice like squeezing sensation around your head sometimes associated with stress or a lot of strain on your neck muscles. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a tension headache or sinus headache?

Position of ache: Sinuses are hollow spaces around your nose. Sinus headaches are due to either infection in sinuses or inflammation due to allergies, it has diurnal variation at times and at times becomes worse with position. You will feel ache with pressure on sinuses. Tension headaches are due to stress, and it comes on when one is stressed. It is like a band of ache over your head or around forehead & temples. ...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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How to know if I have a migraine or a regular headache?

How to know if I have a migraine or a regular headache?

Unilateral : Migarines are usually unilateral throbbing headaches with light, sound and smell sensitivity. You will generally have nausea. They tend to get worse with movements. They tend to last 4-72 hours. The headaches can also be bilateral and you may not have all the above features. Its important to be treated adequately for them. ...Read more

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How can I know if my headache is meningitis or a migraine??

How can I know if my headache is meningitis or a migraine??

By asking question: By the fact that you are able to get on the computer and ask this question, you probably do not have meningitis. Although meningitis can and do cause headaches, it also causes other things particularly as it advances. It can cause confusion, lethargy, and even coma. One of the most common and classic signs of meningitis is stiff neck or pain in the neck because the infection affects the meninges. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a migraine or just a regular headache?

How do I know if I have a migraine or just a regular headache?

Severity of symptoms: Migraine typically is unilateral, associated with throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, and a preference for quiet, dark places. Sleep helps. Migraine is genetic and runs in families. "regular" headache is more diffuse and steady, and lacks most of the features above. But some headache specialists would mention a continuum of headache problems. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sinus headache or migraine or tension headache. Is a brain/sinus scan needed

How do I know if I have sinus headache or migraine or tension headache. Is a brain/sinus scan needed

Get evaluated: There are many causes of these three types of headache, and many different ways in which they manifest themselves. The best option is to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician to figure out what is going on, and to identify the best way to get some relief. Ct or MRI of the head or sinuses may not be necessary. ...Read more

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How can I tell am having a normal headache or migraine?

How can I tell am having a normal headache or migraine?

Characteristics: If you have headaches, many of them are likely to be migraines, statistically. The common migraine headache presents with unilateral throbbing pain, nausea with maybe vomiting, possible diarrhea, both light and noise sensitivity, and will last at least 4 hrs. The sympoms may well be immobilizing. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have tension headaches or another type?

How can I tell if I have tension headaches or another type?

Headaches: Tension headaches involve the muscles of the scalp, and can wrap around the entire scalp and even into the neck. Migraines are one-sided, and usually start in the temple area and go back onone side. Cluster headaches are typically behind a single eye. There are many other things that can cause headaches - rebound, dental problems (tmj), etc. A good family dr or neurologist can help you decide. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

Ear infection: I hope I am understanding your question correctly. When you say regular ear infection, i think you are saying otitis media or infection of the middle ear. This generally causes ear pain, sometimes ear drainage, hearing loss, fever. When someone has labyrinthitis, the infection is now involving the inner ear affecting the balance canals and the cochlea. This will usually cause severe dizziness. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to paint fumes I have had a headache for a week now how can I get rid of this headache?

I have an allergy to paint fumes I have  had a headache for a week now how can I get rid of this headache?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen: Reducing further exposure paint fumes will help to relieve the headache. Hopefully you are not a professional painter. Usual measures to relieve headache and exposure to fresh air will help to get a relief. The chemical particles binds to your receptors in the nose and triggers headache. It is not necessarily due to allergies; it could be a irritant reaction; the best way is to reduce exposure. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

See below.: Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference! if there's a fever, it's not allergies. Itchy nose or throat points more to allergies. The mucus membranes in your nose tend to get pale and pretty boggy with allergies, but that's something you'd have to have your doctor look at for you with a scope. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a bad cough or a chest infection?

How can I tell whether I have a bad cough or a chest infection?

Cough: Sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or something more serious. I usually tell my patients to be seen with persistant fevers, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cough productive of blood or a cough that worsens. Without a chest xray and examination you can't tell. ...Read more

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How can I determine a migraine from a headache?

How can I determine a migraine from a headache?

They may be the same: Migraine is associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light or sounds, visual changes, and pale complexion. The strength of the headache does not help as you can have very mild migraines or strong tension headaches. Migraines also completely go away between episodes. Tension headaches are more likely to linger. If you are having head pain that is new or worse see a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a migraine and not a regular headache?

How do I know if I have a migraine and not a regular headache?

Symptoms : Migraine may have an aura for about 5-10 minutes with sparkling lights, loss of vision, numbness in arm, face, tongue followed by 4 or more hrs of unilateral throbbing headache associated with nausea, vomiting, sensitivty to light and noise. If you have this, consider it a migraine. It can be both prevented and stopped. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

See below: Sinus infections usually are associated with the following signs and symptoms: pain, headache, bad smell or odor, green/yellow discharge, fever and on exam a ed, angry looking mucus membrane. A ct scan may be needed to help diagnose hard to treat cases. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Let me help: Sinus infection symptoms include sinus headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain in the sinuses, fever, cloudy discolored drainage, and feeling of nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough and nasal drainage. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Don't know: Since you haven't described your symptoms, it's impossible to tell. If you have fever, facial pain, colored nasal drainage, nasal congestion and facial pressure, you may have a sinus infection. The best way to find out is to see an ENT who can look inside your nose and take a culture, if needed. Then, the decision can be made about whether you need antibiotics or just decongestant therapy. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Better Dx needed: Headache pain in the sinus implies that toxins, pathogens or allergens are present in the frontal sinus at the sphenoid junction. The proteomic biomarker l-homocysteine can detect and quantify the presence of pathogens (usually a complex mixed infection with bacteria, virus, and yeast). The most common toxins are VOCs (remedy: ChemDetox) and mold (remedy: Cholestryamine). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sinus headache or migraine or tension headache. Is a brain/sinus scan needed

Get evaluated: There are many causes of these three types of headache, and many different ways in which they manifest themselves. The best option is to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician to figure out what is going on, and to identify the best way to get some relief. Ct or MRI of the head or sinuses may not be necessary. ...Read more

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What's the biggest difference between a migraine and sinus headache? I've had this headache in my eye brows and sockets since the dust storm yesterday

What's the biggest difference between a migraine and sinus headache? I've had this headache in my eye brows and sockets since the dust storm yesterday

Nasal symptoms: Sinusitis has nasal symptoms (congestion, drainage, pressure/pain) that accompany it. There is a high rate of misdiagnosis and the only way to truly diagnose sinusitis is with a CT scan. ...Read more

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How do I tell a sinus headache apart from migriane i get both and i never know which one I am having. I just know my head hurts when they happen.

Throbbing: Migraine tends to be throbbing very constant pressure which occurs in sinusitis. Also, migraine starts on one side of the head rather than both simultaneously. Migraine tends to affect the back of the head rather that the sinus areas under the eyes. ...Read more

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Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Different animals: Sinus headaches are caused by increased pressure in the sinuses, usually by some sort of blockage. Migraines arise from different processes, though it hey are not fully understood. That said, untreated can sometimes lead to potentially serious consequences. So sinus infections that last for more than a few days or get worse should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My head hurts at the base of the skull and atbthe front of my forehead. I can feel my sinuses drain, so wasnt surebif its migraine or a sinus headache?

My head hurts at the base of the skull and atbthe front of my forehead. I can feel my sinuses drain, so wasnt surebif its migraine or a sinus headache?

Sinus Headache: Dull frontal headache with sinus drainage.Is very characteristic of sinus headache. Migrain is episodic . The former is more common. Migrain also has some time association with stress, menstriual period, weather change, exposure to certain food or aroma. And some times associated with different types of aura. ...Read more

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Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip" i.e. the 50s & 60s by the advertisers of Dristan. 99% of all "sinus" headaches - aren't. They're mostly migraines. If you have radiological proof of sinusitis and your pain goes away if it's treated, then you're entitled to the diagnosis of sinus headaches. Otherwise, not. ...Read more

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What is the best way to tell if you have migraine or sinus headaches?

What is the best way to tell if you have migraine or sinus headaches?

Light and sound: Migraine headaches are worsened by light and noise. Migraines cause you to feel as if you need to lie down. Sinus headaches do not do this. Studies have shown that most "sinus" headaches are actually due to migraine or muscle tension. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference btn a sinus and migraine headaches?

How can you tell the difference btn a sinus and migraine headaches?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a tension headache or sinus headache?

Position of ache: Sinuses are hollow spaces around your nose. Sinus headaches are due to either infection in sinuses or inflammation due to allergies, it has diurnal variation at times and at times becomes worse with position. You will feel ache with pressure on sinuses. Tension headaches are due to stress, and it comes on when one is stressed. It is like a band of ache over your head or around forehead & temples. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article ...Read more