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Combination Headaches

What do you do to deal with headaches that are more than one type? I find these almost the most frustrating. Right now have migraine, sinus, and tension at the same time. And part of the problem is ice is the best thing to help my migraines, but that makes the sinus worse. And heat is the best thing for my sinus headaches, but that makes the migraine worse. So I can't do either. And my whole head hurts. Right side migraine, plus under my eyes and into my teeth for the sinus, and then at the back of my head and neck for the tension. I hate this.

  1. This is a very good question, one many of us deal with frequently. It's very frustrating trying to figure out which headache disorder is which, what to treat and how. It think this is what makes treating headache disease so complicated. When I experience this I tend to treat the migraine attack with my acute medications. Have you had a chance to do that?
    The sinus congestion may actually be part of the migraine process. Many times we may experience a runny, stuffy nose, check/gum/teeth pain and more along with a migraine attack. Have you seen this information on this topic;
    I'm sure others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you. In the meantime, please let me know what you think and I'm sending out pain free wishes, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team Member

    1. Nancy, I do sometimes get sinus symptoms with migraines. But I can usually tell the difference. I have bad allergies as well as a somewhat deviated septum, so I get a lot of sinus headaches too. I have taken my acute migraine meds and also tylenol for the sinus and tension.

      1. Thank you for the update! My fingers are crossed this resolves asap!
        Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team Member

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