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Migraine Often Mistaken for Sinus Pain

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A study suggests many people may mistake migraine for sinus headaches, which means they could benefit from proven migraine medications.

Migraine often mistaken for sinus pain

Researchers at the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Mo. found 97 percent of patients who believed they had a sinus headache actually had a migraine. Patients often have a hard time distinguishing between sinus and migraine headaches on their own.

Both forms of headache may be brought on by changes in the weather or seasons and both can cause sinus symptoms and nasal drainage. Migraine-specific symptoms include sensitivity to light or sound and nausea or vomiting as well as moderate to severe head pain. Migraine sufferers often are treated with triptans, medications that block the nerve inflammations linked with migraine.

Source: Medical investigators presented their findings at an American Academy of Neurology meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Herbal Headache Remedies

Try treating a headache with herbs. For ordinary headaches caused by the stresses and strains of daily life, a calming cup of herbal tea may be all you need to restore your equilibrium. Use these dried headache herbs, brewed with 1 cup boiling water and sweetened with honey:

  • 1/2 teaspoon each: Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: Sage, rosemary, mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint

A cool lavender compress placed on your temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you relief.

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