From the AMF's "Living With Migraine" website:
"True" sinus headache, more properly called rhinosinusitis, is rare and secondary to a viral or bacterial sinus infection characterized by thick, discolored nasal discharge, possibly decreased smell or no smell, facial pain or pressure and commonly fever. Facial pain and headache should resolve within seven days after remission of viral symptoms or after successful treatment with antibiotics if a bacterial sinus infection is present. If pain continues, then your diagnosis should be reconsidered.
Other studies have shown similar results. While migraine can be associated with nasal congestion or watery eyes, many sufferers find little relief in over-the-counter medications they assume will work.
The AMF offers three simple guidelines to help you evaluate whether you might actually be dealing with migraine:
- In the past three months, how "disabling" are your headaches? Are you missing work or school?
- Are you ever nauseous when you get a headache?
- Are your headaches associated with sensitivity to light?
According to Dr. Richard Lipton's "ID Migraine Questionaire" if you answer yes to two or more of those, there's a 93 percent chance you're experiencing migraine.
Read more at the AMF's site, and realize that if you think you might be experiencing "sinus headaches" you may need to have that diagnosis re-evaluated.
Find a headache specialist in your area or, if you're in Mississippi, call us at the Headache Center.