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It’s All in Your Head Sinus and Migraines: A Partnership of Pain By Jennifer Dumke

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tuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, sounds like the classic sinus headache, right? Well, think again. Many sinusitis sufferers may be dealing with a migraine. It’s said that four out of five people who suffer from the classic sinus symptoms are actually dealing with a migraine headache. Daniel Todd, MD, is residency trained in ENT Allergy and Sinus surgery. He says that during his 15 years practicing medicine, he has become quite familiar with the complex ailment of headaches. “The International Headache Society is constantly changing the classifications of headaches,” says Dr. Todd, who works for Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat in Sioux Falls. “Although sinusitis usually doesn’t cause significant headaches, it can sometimes trigger migraines.” Unlike sinusitis, there are many forms of migraines, which Dr. Todd says can be frustrating because there are few identifiable causes. “It can be just bad luck or a family trait of sorts,” he adds. And with 15 percent of the population suffering from them, it’s definitely a problem physicians such as Dr. Todd are taking seriously. “The relationship among sinusitis, allergies, sleep and migraine headaches is very complex,” he says. He goes on to add that poor sleep, allergies, nasal obstruction and sinusitis almost always run together and it takes some detective work to figure out what causes what. And each and every one of those entities can cause migraine headaches.”

{ } “The relationship among sinusitis, allergies, sleep and migraine headaches is very complex. Poor sleep, allergies, nasal obstruction and sinusitis almost always run together and it takes some detective work to figure out what causes what. And each and every one of those entities can cause migraine headaches.”

~ Daniel Todd, MD, Resident Trained for ENT Allergy and Sinus Surgery Midwest ENT

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