A sinus headache is a headache which accompanies sinusitis (sinus infection.) However, many people (possibly 90%!) who believe that they are suffering from a sinus headache are actually experiencing a migraine.
* Pain, pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead * Pain worsening when bending forward or lying down * Yellow-green or blood-tinged nasal discharge * Stuffy nose * Sore throat * Fever * Cough * Fatigue * Achy feeling in your upper teeth * Decreased ability to smell or taste
Sinus headaches are caused by sinus infections.
Similarities With Migraines
Like sinus headaches, migraines can also cause a feeling of pressure in the cheeks and throughout the head. What may feel like "sinus pressure" could be pressure from a migraine. Migraine pain may also worsen when lying down, or moving generally. Migraineurs sometimes experience a runny nose in the postdrome phase of the migraine, which may also lead them to believe they had a sinus headache.
How To Distinguish From Migraines
Two major telling points that a headache is a sinus headache and not a migraine are fever and discolored nasal discharge. Additionally, sinus headaches are NOT usually accompanied with the trademark migraine symptoms: nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia.
- "Sinus Headaches: Symptoms." Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sinus-headaches/DS00647/DSECTION=symptoms