Posted 5/16/2013 9:10 PM (GMT -7)
I'm new and tried to search to see if this common question has been answered already, but I couldn't find it, so..sorry if this is a duplicate.
I've had headaches all my adult life (I'm in my late 50s now) and had assumed they were sinus because the point of pain is always on the side of my nose, though the pain can sometimes radiate up to my eye and above.
My triggers are always weather related. But in reading online resources, it says in many places that sinus headaches have to be accompanied by an infection.
How does one tell the difference between the two types of headaches? I do become light and sound sensitive and sometimes feel queasy but not to the point of vomiting. They were much worse and more frequent pre menopause.
My paternal grandmother had classic migraines that sent her to bed for days. My father (her son) had what he called sinus headaches and would put his head over a steaming kettle with a towel over his head to find relief.
Lastly, I went to an ENT doc for a different problem, asked about the headaches and he said he didn't know what they were; maybe a combination of both types, yet he had no suggestions on how to deal with the pain (which usually lasts up to 3 straight days).
Would a neurologist be able to tell what's going on, or should I find a headache specialist? I'm sick of the pain, especially as the seasons change and I get pounded with pain.
Thanks in advance-