Can a Deviated Septum Set Off Migraine Symptoms?
I have written once before about the possible link between deviated septum and migraine headaches. Because of where your nasal septum is located, and because of the many robust inputs and outputs centered around this region (including the ocular nerve), it has been suggested that frequent asymmetric irritation within your nose could lead to migraine-like headaches.
Another article has addressed the same question, noting the many similarities between the symptoms of deviated septum and migraine:
[T]his deviation in the nose can touch sensitive tissue that, in turn, triggers episodic headaches, often mistaken as migraines. . . .
If a CT scan shows a septal deviation, a 20-minute procedure called a septoplasty can often solve the problem. Smith said that within his practice, some 90 percent of patients have gotten headache relief after a deviated septum is repaired.
Septoplasty, or deviated septum surgery, is a great way to correct the issue of deviated septum without a long recovery time. The procedure is far simpler than more invasive procedures, and has been around long enough that you are unlikely to need a followup, or revision surgery, procedure.
If you have lingering headaches with migraine-like features, it’s time to visit a Los Angeles deviated septum expert. Contact the LA Sinus Institute today.