When is a Sinus infection a Menstrual Migraine?

Menstrual migraines are often listed under migraine myths, but they do occur. Migraine sufferers have headaches, but often they will have warning symptoms as well. Some of the warning symptoms are vague and some are more typically recognized as migraines. These may be nausea, light adversity, odd sense of smell or even vomiting. These non-headache neurological symptoms that occur when the pain starts are known as auras. Recent studies have shown that it is actually more common to have migraines without warning than with warning auras. But other women might have migraine symptoms that precede the actual headache pain by a day or even several days. And these symptoms may be those that are commonly recognized to be associated with migraines: like spots before your eyes, vision changes or, fatigue. But it is also possible to get a condition known as facial congestion or swelling that can even be mistaken for a sinus infection. So make sure you think about when you are having those sinus “infection” symptoms. Migraine medication not an antibiotic is more likely to be the cure! Any of my Gals having these symptoms? Call!


  1. Yes, I'm almost certain my sinuses clog up just before a migraine...which usually takes place a few days after my period ends. It never rains - it pours!

  2. A sinus problem that you don't have to track the pollen count for, just your own cycle. Interesting. Maybe a pathway to some novel solutions if more women will recognize the connections!

  3. so, in reading this post, not experiencing the migraine but have always experienced "sinus infection-like" symptoms. Over the last 6 months it's happening every month during the days before the onset of my period and is becoming a quality of life issue for me. I've been to every dr. about this and no one seems to have the answer. I can't live on antibiotics because I don't believe I have a true sinus-infection. Any thoughts????

  4. It's always ideal to find a gynecologist to work with when you have a problem that seems to be both cyclical and in sync with your menstrual period. Most gynecologists will say: track the cycles and the symptoms to see if they are really concurrant. Tracking for three months is ideal. Then the solution: often stablizing hormones during the cycle is a solution to the issue. But that is getting a bit ahead. The first step is a firm diagnosis!

  5. Yes! I agree with the facial congestion that goes along with menstrual migraines. I have suffered for years with Menstrual migraines. 5 years ago, I found my cure! For me, removing the salt from my diet from about 2 days before my period through the end of my period and drinking water to "flush" out my system. It works 100%! No salt means no dining out, no packaged foods...I cook fresh food at home so I know whats in it. If I get weak and eat what I crave like sushi or chips, I get a migraine, so I start flushing with water. No pills, no pain, no monthly anxiety. My life has improved!


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