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Headache Detective: Decoding the Sinus vs. Migraine Conundrum

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Have you ever felt the looming dread of a migraine storm, knowing it will disrupt your day? Can you recall when a migraine turned a simple task, like enjoying a meal or attending a social event, into an overwhelming challenge? How often do you find yourself navigating through daily life, constantly on edge, wondering when the next migraine will strike? 

Have you noticed the shared territory of nausea, making it challenging to determine if it's a result of sinus drainage or an intrinsic part of your migraines? How has the ongoing struggle to distinguish between migraines and sinus headaches impacted your journey to find effective migraine relief in Edmonton AB?

Many individuals grappling with headaches might mistakenly attribute their pain to sinus issues. It's like trying to distinguish between raindrops and tears in a storm—both are wet but originate from different sources. Let's explore this confusion.


The Intricate Web: Migraines vs. Sinus Headaches

As we often explain to patients seeking our Edmonton Chiropractor, the confusion between migraines and sinus headaches is further compounded by factors such as the short duration of migraines and the placebo effect. Migraines typically last no more than a day or two, leading individuals to attribute relief to prescribed medications even if the migraine resolved on its own. The placebo effect plays a role in perceived improvement after taking medication, potentially influencing one's perception of relief.

Many individuals who suffer from sinus headaches may be experiencing migraines. This confusion arises from several commonalities between the two types of headaches:

  1. Headache

Sinus headaches can vary in intensity from mild to severe. While migraines are often associated with severe headaches, it's essential to note that a migraine diagnosis requires only one of four conditions, with a moderate to severe headache being just one criterion.

  1. Sinus Issues

People commonly associate any form of stuffiness with sinus headaches. However, sinus problems can also manifest as a symptom of migraines. If you experience a runny nose concurrently with your headaches, it doesn't automatically indicate sinus headaches—sinus congestion may merely be one of the migraine symptoms.

  1. Nausea

Nausea is a prevalent migraine symptom reported among patients seeking an Edmonton Chiropractor, though it can also occur due to sinus drainage. While more common in migraine patients, it's not exclusive to them. Severe nausea leading to vomiting is more likely in migraine cases.


Sinus Headaches and Migraines: The Difference Explained by Your Edmonton AB Chiropractic Doctor

Two distinctive migraine symptoms can help differentiate between sinus headaches and migraines:

  1. Sensitivities to Stimuli

If bright lights, strong smells, and heightened sensitivity to touch are present during an episode, it's likely a migraine. Migraines are neurological, affecting sensory processing in the brain.

  1. Neck Pain

Approximately 75% of migraines involve neck pain before or during an attack. This prevalence suggests a strong association between migraines and neck issues. This is also the key problem addressed at our Edmonton AB Chiropractic practice.

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Natural Headache and Migraine Relief in Edmonton AB

Regardless of whether you're dealing with headaches or migraines, some underlying factors related to blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and nervous system function may contribute to both. Let’s take a closer look at these issues:

  1. Poor Blood Flow - Misalignment of the cervical spine can impact blood flow to the head.
  2. Poor Cerebrospinal Fluid drainage - Upper cervical misalignments hinder proper drainage, potentially leading to increased intracranial pressure.
  3. Impaired nervous system function- Misalignment, particularly in the atlas (C1), may impact normal nervous system function. This can cause disrupted communication that prevents your body from healing and recovery.

Consider consulting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who can provide precise measurements and adjustments focused on the C1 and C2 vertebrae for promising relief. Book a visit to our office to find out if Upper Cervical Care is best for your needs.


To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schmaus, call our Edmonton office at 780-462-0447. You can also click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

We encourage you to learn more about the NUCCA method, so please feel free to ask one of our doctors about NUCCA and how it may help to alleviate your symptoms.
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