Can this sinus infection be causing my migraines! I will have to have sinus surgery either way.
Get a second opinion!! First of all if your migraines are severe, there is no way that a sinus infection is causing them. My first sinus doctor said I needed surgery as did my incompetent internal medicine doctor who I later fired for other major mistakes. Another ENT doctor told me that the surgery wouldn't help me at all with any of it. And my pulmonologist, 2 neurologists and the second ENT doctor all told me that a sinus infection cannot cause bad migraines. The pain from a sinus infection is in specific areas on your face. Also my husband was told by an ENT doctor to get a major sinus surgery that would have put him out of work for a full month. The second opinion instead gave him a nasal spray which completely took care of all of his symptoms. I now have a chronic asymptomatic (meaning no ill effects) sinus infection for the last 5 years that my ENT doctor is not concerned about at all. So you may even want to get a 3rd opinion. Surgery should never be taken lightly.
Hello. I have been dealing with sinus for decades. The last ENT doctor I saw was from India and new to our clinic. He said we go about this all wrong. Surgery only is for a polyp to be removed or if the nose broke and it is causing an obstruction.
The best way, he said is to use distilled water with salts added and rinse the sinus. Don't use tap water. There are different kits out there, one with a bottle and one with a netty pot. If done daily you won't have problems with an infection. He is correct about this. Any good ENT or physician will tell you such. If yours has not, time to find a new one.
For me, as these were not viral, which most actually are, and was bacterial we had tried different medications and it wouldn't leave. So he did the second practice they use. He punched holes into my lower sinus and washed them out. The CT showed there was fluid build up so we knew it was there. When they cultured the fluid we found the culprit. It was an unusual bacteria. Also found mold and Protozoa. Proper medications and I have been fine since. He really would not do surgery, said half fail and it actually can cause more infections. So by draining the little swimming pool in my sinus, I have been fine. (If you want the details, it sounds bad but there is no pain. It is done while you sit there. I will write you.)
Now all I get is phlegm that is clear. Be very careful with considering surgery of any type and get multiple opinions. I did and it was exactly what I needed when I went to see him.
As for the migraines, the others are correct. That is very separate. Migraines are caused by a restriction of blood vessels. That is one of the many reasons we need to drink a lot of fresh water. To stay hydrated. It can also be due to muscle tension, and you can feel it in the scalp. Some allergies respond that way. Finally, and sadly, most are caused by unknown triggers and continuing research remains looking for a good cure. Plenty here can talk about that.
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