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My sinus infection and migraine

Sometimes I find that if I have a sinus infection I can get a migraine. I was so upset to find out about Migraine Aura‘s. I had one about 2yrs ago and they treated me like a hyperchondriac. I had symptoms of a stroke. I couldn’t speak. Then when this came out on the news last week. I really question these stupid doctors that think anti-depressants are a cure all.

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Comments

  • Alex
    8 years ago

    Since 1996 I suffer from chronic sinus infection. When I get hit by bilateral sinus infection and pus is located in the frontal lobe left hand side, it always triggers sever migraine/cluster headache.
    My neurologist and ENT doctor say its because of the extensive damage around the sinus cavities and skeletal damage around the left hand side of the cranium, a infection and massive irritation to the nasal mucosa seems to be the trigger.

    Prophylactic medication with anti-depressants and anti-epileptics Amitriptyline and Pregabalin works very well for my migraine/cluster headache, central&peripheral neuralgic pain.

    Alex in Stockholm

  • Cheryl Keeney
    8 years ago

    I agree with you…I think my sinus infections turn into migraines. A sinus infection is bad enough already…ugggh.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Christine,

    As you realize, antidepressants are not a cure-all. However, there are some patients who use them successfully to help control their Migraine attacks. This doesn’t mean you’re depressed – the medications alter the chemical balance in our brains and change how our brains function. When this happens appropriately, it can help reduce the frequency of our attacks.

    I remember getting a prescription for one and reading the label. “For Depression” it said and I about blew a gasket. I talked to my doctor and he apologized, saying this was because he didn’t specify what it was being used for. He explained using medicines “off label” means they are designed for one use, but helpful for other uses too.

    I would suggest that you try to find a headache specialist who will understand aura and your Migraine symptoms and treat you appropriately. It’s sad that Migraineurs have to put up with nonsense from doctors we trust to treat us, and then pay for the privilege. 🙁 Thankfully only a few are that way…

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