I had checked this site a year and a half ago for help on my left-sided, continuous but gentle throbbing headaches that I get on and off. Since then I have felt that I should post my personal findings hoping that it may be of help to someone else, as even just finding out that "this is the cause" is a big relief in itself.
Getting straight to the point, my one-sided headache has been zeroed down to the cause—Minor sinusitis due to a slight deviation in the nasal septum (bony/cartilage structure separating the two nostrils) –this is compounded with a tendency to catch colds (weather changes related). [I do not claim here that this is “THE” cause of my left-sided headaches until I have found the final solution to this and the headaches have totally stopped but this is the most promising yet]
So there you have it. Now a small note here, since a deviated septum is a flaw in the bony/cartilage structure itself, the solution to my problem/challenge is not an easy one as I do not prefer surgery, which is its main treatment at this point. But I will list the steps that I have taken to reduce the occurrences and relief measures when it occurs. I am still looking for alternative cures.
Other factors checked and crossed out:-
** Checked if my prescription eye-glasses are correct—No issue detected.
** Checked for any ear related problems—None detected.
** Checked dental health many times, specifically the three root canals on the left side—No issue detected.
** Migraine and Cluster Headaches—My symptoms do not point to these.
** Due to long Meditation (Yoga) practices that I follow—I had the headaches before I started any of the practices (worth a check if any of you do do any such thing)
How the Sinusitis was Diagnosed.
1st Opinion—ENT Specialist.
- Office endoscopy done showing the reduced space in the left nasal passage due to the slight deviation of the septum.
2nd Opinion—ENT specializing in Sinusitis cases.
- Limited CT Scan of the Para nasal sinuses recommended.
- CT Scan done and report shows mucous collection in the sphenoid and maxillary sinuses, and mild DNS (deviated nasal septum) noted.
- Septoplasty procedure recommended.
Note-The the second opinion was taken and CT scan done the immediate morning of the night that I had a left headache. The report showed mucous collections in the sinuses even though I showed no outer sign of a common cold i.e runny nose et al. For me this was a clear diagnosis.
Personally I do not prefer any invasive procedures and will resort to it only if really, really needed. Also I try and avoid medications, like, for example a Paracetamol makes the headache disappear quite effectively, but I know that the underlying causes persist.
-Stay away from/reduce anything that is likely to cause a common cold or URT (upper respiratory tract) infections such as consuming things directly from the fridge, too much exposure to dust, etc.
-Improve immune system with natural foods like citrus fruits and juices, etc.
-Do steam inhalation when necessary with decongestant.
-Taking extra care during the cold seasons like keeping the head warm and ears covered.
In my case these precautions have helped reduce the occurrences but not stopped the headaches. Since my headaches aren't chronic, just irritating whenever they occur, I am taking my time to experiment with natural cures hoping to find one that will cure it completely.
Hope all this helps. Questions or suggestions welcome. I will try to give updates.