The Link Between Sinusitis and Migraines
This week brings a news story that addresses the connection between sinusitis and migraine headaches, and the fact that physicians have noticed a higher incidence of these terrible headaches in patients with chronic sinus symptoms.
The finding comes with a number of fascinating implications. The most basic is the most obvious, of course – a link can be a good indicator that two things are related. Sure enough, treating chronic sinus symptoms seems to reduce the frequency of migraines for many of the patients described.
But some further implications are suggested in the video as well, including the possibility that sinus issues lead to sleep apnea, which leads to migraines; and the possibility that sinus pain inflames nerves which create a cascade of neurological responses, which can lead to migraines.
The piece is a good reminder that our sinuses affect our overall health in ways we have yet to discover, and that chronic sinusitis should always be treated as soon as the diagnosis is clear.