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For 30 years I was misdiagnosed with chronic sinusitis. I had a septoplasty, CT Scans, antibiotics, nasal sprays, nasal rinses and nothing stopped the pain from periodically occuring. My symptoms are typically facial pain around the temple, behind the eyes or cheekbones. Often it will be only on one side of my face. Tingling pain sometimes occurs with me. The pain often starts at night and will last for several hours to a day. Most days, I will have low level pain in my face, although I won't necessarily have a blocked nose. In extreme attacks I get very nauseous and will vomit. During these attacks I feel extremely fatigued and struggle to concentrate at all.
Anyway, I recently went to a new GP in desperation and she diagnosed my pain as a result of migraine headaches (could also be cluster headaches). The pain is caused by the blood vessels in my head dilating and increasing the blood flow to my face, which causes the pain. Triggers appear to be dehydration (I often get these headaches on long flights), preservatives in some wine, too much alcohol, fatigue or stress.
My GP prescribed Sumatripan, which I take when I feel a headachecoming on. There are also migraine prevention tablets, which some people take every day. I am about to try this treatment out. Anyway, the Sumatripan works for me. I have not had a bad headache since seeing my GP about a month ago.
After my experience, I think it is worth asking your GP if your sinus symptoms are not migraine related if they appear to be similar to mine.
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