Migraine, Sinus Headache and the ‘Triptans’ – There’s More!

August 9, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Further to my comment earlier, the ‘triptans’ have been shown to be useful in differentiating migraine from sinus headache.

As in past studies patients with a self-diagnosis or physician-diagnosis of ‘sinus’ headache were assessed. An overwhelming 82% had a significant reduction in their headache symptoms.

This extraordinary response provides further (not that any more is required!) evidence that the significant majority of ‘sinus’ headaches are migraine and that the ‘triptans’ aid diagnosis.

Don’t want to take a ‘triptan’? That’s OK because a skilled examination of your upper neck will quickly tell you that it isn’t ‘sinus’ headache, but an unrecognised cervicogenic (neck) headache.



(Kari E, DelGaudio JM. treatment of sinus headache as migraine: the diagnostic utility of triptans. Larygoscope 2008 Dec;118(12):2235-9)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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