Because the symptoms of sinus headaches can mimic the signs of other types of headaches particularly tension headaches, many people will misdiagnose their health condition as anything but sinus headaches. This should not be mainly because each type of headache requires a different approach in treatment because of the differences in causes, symptoms and prognosis. Here then are a few of the most important pieces of information to getting it right on sinus headaches.
Getting the Right Diagnosis
The first step is getting the right diagnosis to enjoy long-term pain relief from sinus headache attacks and, hence, effective management of the health condition. With the wrong diagnosis, the treatment plan will not address the causes, symptoms and complications of the sinus headache that will then result in even more suffering than necessary.
Before going to the doctor, you are well-advised to make a headache diary. This is basically a set of notes detailing the onset as well as the severity, frequency and duration of your headaches. Be sure to list down your symptoms, your actions and food consumed before the onset of the attack, and your other experiences with each attack, said pieces of information of which will aid your doctor to arrive at a correct diagnosis.
Getting the Symptoms Right
Typically, a sinus headache will cause the following symptoms:
Your headache diary will be of great help on this matter. Keep in mind that if you only suffer from the first 2 symptoms, then you may not have sinus headache but an underlying medical condition requiring appropriate medical care.
Getting the Treatment Right
As with most types of headaches, getting the treatment right for sinus headaches requires a two-pronged approach – to treat the headache and to treat its underlying cause. One without the other will result in chronic attacks that can adversely affect your quality of life in so many ways.
Your doctor will suggest the following treatments:
With appropriate medical attention, homecare measures and healthy lifestyle habits, sinus headaches can be overcome!