ASK THE EXPERT – IS YOUR SINUS HEADACHE ACTUALLY A MIGRAINE?
Did you know that migraines are often misdiagnosed as sinus headaches? An expert explains.
As with sinus headaches, migraine pain often gets worse when you bend forward. Moreover, some people may not realize that migraines can be accompanied by various nasal symptoms, including congestion, facial pressure and a clear, watery nasal discharge. Sinus headaches, on the other hand, usually aren’t associated with nausea or vomiting or aggravated by noise or bright light — all common symptoms of migraines.
This article is meant to be informational only and should not be taken as medical advice. If you experience recurrent sinus headaches or feel that your sinus headaches could be migraines — or if you have any kind of head pain — consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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