Hi, this is my first post on this site and I'm hoping you folks might be able to offer me your insight and experience.
I've suffered for the past (more than) 10 years with what I've always believed is sinus problems -- pain high around the bridge of my nose especially on the left side, cheeks, forehead (right in the middle) and sometimes going further into my head and around the temples. It's the worst in August-September and March-April-May and not as bad in June-July although really it's there all the time.
I have been tested for allergies and found to have allergies to dust, pollen and mold and on allergy vaccinations. I recently was re-tested and told although I still have allergies it's getting better. However my feeling of sinus congestion is not getting better. In the past year I've been to 3 ear nose throat specialists and they tell me "there's nothing structural" so go away. The past 2 times I've gone to the dentist my teeth were so sensitive he took Xrays and saw fluid in my sinuses weighing down on my top teeth. I feel like I always have an underlying sinus infection but most often antibiotics do nothing for me, so it leaves me wondering if that's really the problem. The last ENT suggested I visit a neurologist, which I recently did and he thinks the problem is actually migraines and NOT sinus!
This neurologist said migraines can cause inflammation of the sinuses so I'm not completely crazy. So for the next 4 months I'm keeping a "headache diary" so he can identify any trends. The strange thing is though, it doesn't feel like headaches. It feels like pressure. And most often that pressure is focussed around the sinus areas. Is this normal for migraines?
I just want to at least know what's going on, so if it's actually migraines, ok at least finally someone can tell me what's happening so maybe we can do something about it. I have to say it's confusing though. Does anyone have any suggestions? I definitely feel it more on days of higher humidity or when a rainy day is on the way. The head pressure increases, ears get plugged, even my throat feels swollen... is it possible this is a migraine?
THanks for any insight.