Migraine FAQs: Do I need a Sinus X-Ray for my migraines?
The symptoms of sinus headaches and the symptoms of migraines are very similar. In fact, studies show that most people who think they suffer from sinus headaches actually have migraines. Sinus symptoms in migraine sufferers include: facial pain, sinus pressure, nasal congestion, runny nose, teary eyes, head pain triggered by weather changes, pulsating pain and puffy eyelids.
A sinus X-Ray can be performed to examine the nasal passages. Although this test does not confirm a migraine diagnosis, but if the sinus X-Ray fails to show sinus inflammation the culprit is most likely migraine.
Sinus X-Rays can detect sinusitis (swelling or inflammation of the membranes lining the sinuses), problems with the bone structure, evidence of fluid in the sinuses, thickening of the mucus membrane, tumors, and obstructions
However, CT scan, also called CAT Scan is now used most often because it shows a clearer picture.