What is Sinus Headache In Brisbane?
Sinuses are air-filled spaces inside the bones of your forehead, cheeks, and behind the nose. There are also sinuses in various other parts of the body, including the brain. Sinuses are used by the body as a drain. In the case of the sinuses in the forehead, cheeks and behind the nose, they’re used to drain mucous. These sinuses often get inflamed due to allergic reaction, such as in hay fever, or from an infection. When inflammation occurs within the sinus, it causes an increase of mucus secretion, which can result in a blockage of the sinuses. This can result in pain, even severe pain in the forehead, below the eyes, around the cheeks, behind the nose and even around the teeth. Symptoms can be similar to Migraine Headache and Tension Type Headache.
What is the cause of Sinus Headache?
As mentioned, Sinus Headache is commonly thought to occur due to respiratory infections such as a cold or an allergy such as a hay fever. While this is true, why do many people get hay fever or infections without the resulting headache? The answer lies in something called THE BRAINSTEM. During a normal infection or allergic attack, such as inhaling an allergen, the lining of the nasal cavity and sinus will sense this as a threat due to the presence of a foreign body. This is registered by the trigeminal nerve, which then relays the information forwards to the superior salivatory nucleus. The response is to fill the sinus and nasal cavity with excess mucous, so that it is either removed by dripping out of the nose, or digested by swallowing. Hence, the feeling of a blocked nose. When someone has a SENSITISED BRAINSTEM, the signal from the trigeminal nerve is also registered by the Trigemino-Cervical nucleus in the brainstem, which receives input from a variety of locations in the head and neck. This SENSITISED BRAINSTEM, in layman’s terms, gets confused, and believes there is a serious and threatening episode occurring in the sinus, which result in a heightened response i.e. a headache or migraine attack.
What is commonly found in our patients suffering from sinus headaches, is a dysfunction in the neck, which has caused the Trigemino-Cervical Nucleus in the brainstem to become sensitised, which results in headaches. When the sensitivity of the Trigeminal nerve is heightened, due to the SENSITISED BRAINSTEM, a simple non-allergic dust particle entering the nose and sinus may now be registered as a large threat. From here on, infection can occur as there is an excess amount of mucous which a lively home for bacteria to breed in. Once infection occurs headaches and migraines will usually proceed resulting in sinus headaches.
I've already tried everything. What else can be done to help Sinus Headaches?
You may have trialled many things in the past such as over-the-counter painkillers, decongestant medications, nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, breathing in humidified air, flushing the nasal cavity and sinuses with salt water, and even surgery.
At the Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic™, we have seen countless amounts with sinus headaches and use world-class techniques in assessing and treating the neck. A thorough examination of the upper cervical spine is initiated to determine the severity of your SENSITISED BRAINSTEM.
Once treatment commences we expect a significant improvement to occur rapidly in 90% of our patients with Sinus Headaches and within the first 5 treatment consultation.
If you suffer from chronic sinus headaches and have trialled all types of medication with no significant relief then you should get your neck thoroughly examined.
Imagine living a life free from sinus headaches and saying goodbye to medications!