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Sinus Infection as a result of migraine

  • By tammay

    Hi!
    Haven’t posted here in a while but I’ve been having a specific issue for the last few months.

    I basically get menstrual migraines and the last 2 months I’ve noticed that I’ve developed sinus pain and pressure (not headache though) after the migraine episode ends (usually with a very painful migraine right at the end). Last month it was sinus pain and pressure that wasn’t too bad. But this time it seems to have developed into a full-blown sinus infection, as the left side sinuses are very much in pain right now and I can’t eat on that side because it’s affecting the gum and teeth on the upper left side (and, no, it’s not dental issues – I had that checked a while back, got the dental work I needed and everything has been just fine up until now).

    Has anyone else experienced this post-migraine sinus infection?

    Tam

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  • By Sarah.wallin

    Hi Tam,

    I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing sinus pain and pressure after your migraines. As if the migraines weren’t bad enough 🙁 Not to mention that it’s affecting your ability to eat on that side. Have you been able to visit an Ears, Nose & Throat specialist to look further into the issue?

    You might be able to relate to this post which talks about sinus infection being a trigger for migraine: https://migraine.com/stories/sinus-problems-as-a-potential-trigger-for-migraines/. I hope this helps.

    -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Tam,

    Nice to hear from you again! I am sorry you are hurting. If you think it’s a sinus infection, it’s probably best to speak with your doctor so it can be treated. Typically sinus infections include a fever and discolored nasal discharge.

    Sinus pressure, pain and discomfort can also be migraine attack symptoms. In fact I’ve also had such pain in my teeth and sinus that I wasn’t able to chew on the effected side as well. Very frustrating, but it passes after the migraine attack.

    I hope you are feeling better,

    Nancy

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  • By tammay

    Thanks so much, Sarah and Nancy! I did go to the doctor on Monday and he agreed it was a sinus infection. Got Cefdinir but it turns out I’m one in the 2% that gets bad headaches from it :-(. Not surprising with the chronic migraines. I went back to the doctor and got Azithromycin this morning and it’s already making me feel much better.

    Tam

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