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Doctor insights on: Tension Headaches Vs Sinus

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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. Walter Husar
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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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Can tension headaches cause sinus congestion? My congestion always gets worse when I am doing things that cause my muscles to become tense

Can tension headaches cause sinus congestion? My congestion always gets worse when I am doing things that cause my muscles to become tense

No: Your tension headaches may actually be migraines with autonomic manifestations or have an allergic component. If it becomes really bothersome, you should see a doctor about it, preferably someone astute about headaches. ...Read more

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Can a sinus headache act like a tension headache?

Can a sinus headache act like a tension headache?

Headaches: Headaches are notoriously frustrating for patients and their doctors alike. Any headache can present and masquerade as any other headache. Numerous cases of misdiagnosis and mistreatment because of this. Classic sinus HA is forehead or facial pressure with nasal congestion. Classic tension HA is in the temples or a ringlike band around head with stress or jaw grinding. ...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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I never had sinus problems before. Recently, I experienced pain directly on my right eyebrow bone, and tension headaches. What should I try?

I never had sinus problems before. Recently, I experienced pain directly on my right eyebrow bone, and tension headaches. What should I try?

Diagnosis first: Pain on your right eyebrow may indicate sinusitis but you need to have a physician confirm the diagnosis of sinus inflammation before you ask what to try. It is always a requirement in medicine to have a diagnosis confirmed before you ask for therapy. ...Read more

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Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Consider seeing: an ENT doctor. He/she specializes in this combo of sinus pain and headache. Your doc can make a referral. There is a natural nasal spray called XLEAR that may be useful also. Peace and good health. Some folks prefer the use of a neti pot to cleanse nasal passages. ...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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Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

See a doctor: I'm sorry, but we can't diagnose you from online. Please see a physician who can properly take your history, examine you, and treat you. Please do this as soon as you can -- sinus infections can worsen if not addressed. Be well. ...Read more

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I have been a slight headache daily that feels like a tension headaches with no sinus symptoms. Could that be a sphenoid infection?

 I have been a slight headache daily that feels like a tension headaches with no sinus symptoms.    Could that be a sphenoid infection?

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for headache evaluation, tests and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have pressure/pain in the right side of head if I lay on that side or on back. Have had tension headaches lately and do have sinus pressure.

I have pressure/pain in the right side of head if I lay on that side or on back. Have had tension headaches lately and do have sinus pressure.

Get checked: See a neurologist and have your cranial joints (TM joints, occiput and frontal sinus) for the presence of toxins, pathogens, allergens as the cause of the tension HAs. Make sure you rule out the presence of mold toxins as a factor for the sinus pressure. ...Read more

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Could it be migraines, tension headaches or sinus headaches? Should i see a doctor? I have been getting headaches everyday for the past 2 weeks. I been taking allergy meds due to I have seasonal allergies but i still get headaches after i take the allergy

Could it be migraines, tension headaches or sinus headaches? Should i see a doctor? I have been getting headaches everyday for the past 2 weeks. I been taking allergy meds due to I have seasonal allergies but i still get headaches after i take the allergy

Possible migraine : Migraine like headache can be caused by a bone spur in the nose. A ct scan of the sinuses is indicated and if the spur is present a septoplasty to remove it is indicated. I provide relief to almost 90% of patients with this problem. Visit my website for more information at www. Kevinsmithmd.Com. ...Read more

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Is it possible to confuse tension headaches with sinus headaches? Went to ENT and Migraine specialist and ruled sinus infection and migraine out.

Is it possible to confuse tension headaches with sinus headaches? Went to ENT and Migraine specialist and ruled sinus infection and migraine out.

Yes: Journal sometimes only physician can tell the difference between a sinus headache and a tension headache usually sinus headache has a change in symptoms nasal drainage pressure in the cheeks face her tooth discomfort Google online tension headaches with the symptoms and Google online sinus infection headaches and sinus allergy headaches ...Read more

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Tension headache since 3 years I have been improved gradually but at very slow rate since i take duloxetin and amitrypriline but it s still at mornini?

Tension headache since 3 years I have been improved gradually but at very slow rate since i take duloxetin and amitrypriline but it s still at mornini?

Tension headache : Morning headaches can stem from abnormal sleep so make sure you get 8-9 hours of restful sleep. Relaxation exercises can help you as well. Find the stressors in your life and change buses the other direction to healthy stress free living. Avoid caffeine as this can lead to rebound headache in the morning. You may need a sleep study as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I suffer with anxiety.Recently experiencing tension headaches! r theses h/aches and pains in connection with anxiety? At my lowest some info on tensi

I suffer with anxiety.Recently experiencing tension headaches! r theses h/aches and pains in connection with anxiety?  At my lowest some info on tensi

Maybe: They could, or they could be independent of your anxiety. If you begin treatment for your anxiety with an antidepressant you may notice improvement in your headaches. You should consult with your pcp or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are tension headache?

Tension headaches: Headaches which are caused by stress or discomfort on neck, scalp and headmuscles.Headaches are band-like in nature ...Read more

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What's a tension headache like?

What's a tension headache like?

See below:: With a tension headache, the pain often starts at the back of your head and moves forward, so that it eventually includes your neck, scalp, and head. It' s often described as feeling like you have a tight band across your head. Read more: http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/tension-headache-000074.Htm#ixzz1wzcetql4. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tension headaches?

What are symptoms of tension headaches?

Pain in your head: Specific symptoms for types of headaches are artificial and of little real importance. Most all headaches are caused by injured muscle and fascia in the head, neck, jaw, and upper back, and the resulting trigger points sending pain to your head. Learn about myofascial pain and treatment. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Is there a cure for tension headache?

Is there a cure for tension headache?

Agree w Dr. DePeietr: Another treatment option is acupuncture. Both scalp and auricular acupuncture can be effective treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more