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does anyone know the answer? i do not have sinus blockage or sinus disease according to ct scans but when i "thought" alot of my head pains were sinus related but in fact were migraines, taking sudafed helped.
does anyone know why sudafed can help a migraine? i tried googling but couldnt find much. thanks !
It seems to me that on our old forum, a long time ago, we'd have someone mention OTC sinus meds and migraine. I'm sorry that I don't remember the details, though. I *think* a few of them had actual sinus issues apart from their migraines.
Considering that decongestants are not migraine-specific and can't do anything to actually abort migraines, along with the fact that overuse of decongestants can lead to serious issues, I wouldn't every personally go there and try them specifically for migraine.
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The trigeminal nerve becomes inflamed during a Migraine attack. One branch of it runs along the sinus cavities. For an illustration of this, see Pathways of Migraine. The tiniest bit of congestion, even at a level that we might not notice under "normal" circumstances, causes the sunuses to be a bit inflamed or "full," thus putting more pressure on the trigeminal nerve. As far as I know, that's why something such as Sudafed could help ease Migraine pain.
dear dragon and terri,
thanks for replying.
dragon, i definately am not going to take sudafed anymore to treat migraine since i know its not sinus headaches..but i thought it was so interesting that sometimes it helps.
teri... that explanation is very interesting as well about the nerves being inflamed. i am going to have to look into that a little bit more!
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