Any ideas?

Apparently, August and November are the months when my sinus headaches kick in. I'm not sure what the exact cause is, but I'm thinking it might be weather-related.

I have some of my prescribed migraine meds that I can take if the headaches get too bad, but that medicine is more expensive than over-the-counter remedies, and does not work as effectively for my sinus headaches as it does for migraines -- I would rather use that medication for my migraines, or as a very last resort for the sinus headaches.

Laying down in a dark room with a compress over my forehead/eyes is not always an option, and I can't take off/miss work whenever a sinus headache hits. The family is a bit more "forgiving", but "Mommy has another headache" gets old pretty quickly, too.

I've found that typical sinus headache medications don't really help, and often just exacerbate the problem. The pain/ache usually settles around my right eye, down my cheek and down the back of my neck.

Do you have a 'sure-fire' remedy for getting rid of sinus headaches? Even if it seems far-fetched, I'd like to hear it.


Patsy said...

Sudafed does it, don't take actifed as it will make you sleepy! You must drain those sinus cavities! Sudafed will do it; along with tylenol or the other one for the pain. Good luck! I feel your pain as I suffer from atmospheric sinus problems also

eclectic said...

Ocean drops. A lot of my sinus pain in the winter has to do with the sinus membranes being too dry. It's kinda gross, but you get used to it, and it really helps me. It doesn't seem to do much for Mr. Eclectic, but, maybe it's at least something to try?

Abigail said...

Unless you have a sinus infection, it would be rare to have a sinus headache. Research has shown that 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are actually migraines.

I have this problem too. Weather changes especially are likely to trigger a migraine for me that feels like a sinus headache.

My doctor gave me samples of some of the triptans that I hadn't tried before since each of them is a bit different. To my surprise, we found that Frova works better for my weather triggered migraines than the triptan I'd been using, but it doesn't work as well for my migraines from other triggers.

Bone Machine said...

Since the meth jackasses have made it next to impossible for me to get the good sinus stuff, I've elected to have my sinuses filled with concrete.

Seriously, I've not tried it myself, but a gent that I used to work with was into herbal remedies and he swore by some stuff called SI-W.

Sharkey said...

Have you tried a neti pot? Not sure if that would do any good, and I've never tried it myself. But I saw it on Oprah, so it has to work, right?

Bridder doug said...

Already made my comment on a different venue Sis.

I do so hope someone comes up with something that will help.

WILLIAM said...

Sharkey is reccomending pot? Wow.

Being a sinus sufferer I swear by Tylenol sinus and Thera Flu.

and I ams usure that your hubs would hate to hear that you "have another headache"

Anonymous said...

I'm de- lurking to share my 'alternative' remedies. Backdrop: I suffered from headaches 5 days EVERY week, and all the drs. swore I was fine. I found temporary relief with a personal steamer and nasal washes (they are gross, but you get used to them & it does clean out your sinuses). A chiropractor 'cured' me of the headaches. If I get one, I go see him & he adjusts my neck & shoulders, uses heat & electrical impulses, and even uses a sono on the neck muscles. He changed my life!

Circus Kelli said...

Patsy - Unfortunately, any of the "fed" makes me sleepy, but I'll try that one night!

Eclectic - Yes, it IS something to try! Thank you!

Abigail - Thank you for your comment! I never thought of that... I just figured they were sinus headaches because the regular migraine stuff wasn't helping. What you said makes sense, though.

Bone - I'll check into that. Thanks!

Sharkey - I've never heard of that... thank you!

Brudder - Me, too. :)

William - Yeah, like I said, the headaches are getting old for all of us.

Anony - I didn't realize I had a lurker! I'm glad you found some relief! That's fantastic... and definitely something for me to try if some of these other things don't work. Thank you!

Laura said...

THe only thing that worked for me is Motrin and Sudafed. (not taken together, btw.) I look for the non-drowsy formula during the daytime.

Since the glands on my throat almost always swell up at the same time, I rub Vicks on them, and also the back of my neck. It really does help. My family hates the smell but that point, I don't care what they think.
I feel for ya, Kelli, they're the worst!

Gretchen said...

You don't know me, another lurker! Acupuncture can help, or a NUCCA chiropractor. I think nucca.org has a directory. (also I realize I'm late enough you may never see this!)

Circus Kelli said...

Laura - I would have to agree with you.

Gretchen - I have ANOTHER LURKER?! AWESOME! Thank you for the tip!

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