If you’re like many, you might see the end of 2019 as symbolic for another opportunity to change the parts of your life you feel are frustrating. Perhaps your relationship with someone has been rocky, and you’re hoping to turn that around. Maybe you want to lose weight and get fit. Or maybe you want something simple. Maybe you just want to temper the frequency of your headaches. Frequent headaches can be one of the most frustrating things you can experience. Treatment feels limited, symptoms can ruin your entire day, and they can leave you feeling helpless. If you’re hoping to reduce the headaches you experience throughout the new year, being able to identify the types of headaches you experience can go a long way to getting successful treatment.

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Sinus Headaches

Your sinuses are a connected series of cavities in the skull. Your maxillary sinuses are located on both sides of your nose, the ethmoid sinuses just above that, and the frontal sinus cavities are just above your eyebrows. When these cavities become inflamed due to infection or an allergic reaction to pollen, debris, or other substances in the air, they can become blocked. This is felt as a pressure in one of the four sinus cavities, which can quickly transform into a headache. Along with the feeling of pressure, sinus headaches are usually accompanied by fever, swelling in the face, runny nose, and watering eyes if they’re linked to a sinus infection.

Generally, sinus headaches occur during the spring if they’re linked to allergies. If you frequently experience these symptoms year-round, it may be time to visit a doctor. Chronic sinus infections should be treated to avoid other complications in the future.

Do You Have Migraines?

Although current research doesn’t have a definitive answer for what a migraine is, how it occurs, or what the best method of treatment is, we generally define migraines as a neurological disorder which involves nerve pathways and brain chemicals. While it’s true that migraines can run in families, environmental and other factors can play a role.

Migraine symptoms generally include pain on one side of the head, and sensitivity to light and sound. More extreme cases can include nausea, vomiting and fainting. If you’ve been suffering from frequent migraines, seeing a doctor may not provide the needed relief. Most people with migraines try numerous different treatments, but remain unsatisfied with the results.

What Other Symptoms Accompany Headaches?

Are your headaches accompanied by jaw pain, neck pain, back pain, or all of the above? Have you ever experienced clicking or popping noises while speaking or eating? If your current headache treatment is ineffective, and you’ve been plagued by these symptoms, it may be possible that you’ve been experiencing TMJ.

Temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ is an umbrella term used to describe a series of symptoms associated with a malfunctioning temporomandibular joint, which functions as a sliding hinge connecting the jaw to the skull. Because the musculoskeletal system is so complicated and interrelated, any malfunction of this joint can result in a series of far-reaching symptoms, including frequent headaches. The most common headache associated with TMJ is a tension headache which feels like a vice squeezing the skull. It is possible, however, that tension headaches can also trigger migraines. And there are hints that TMJ can trigger migraines directly as well. TMJ also causes face pain that can be mistaken for sinus headaches.

If your current headache treatment is ineffective or is just dulling the pain, TMJ treatment in Wilmington, NC, might be able to help. Please call (910) 392-6060 or contact Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today for an appointment with our dentist.