DO MIGRAINES DISRUPT THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE?
DR. KHETARPAL BREAKS DOWN THE SINUS-MIGRAINE CONNECTION AND PROVIDES REAL, LASTING RELIEF FOR HIS PATIENTS.
Dr. Umang Khetarpal
WHAT ARE MIGRAINES?
Migraine headaches are a very common form of headache. Typically, they affect one-half of the head and are associated with nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. They usually last for hours and sometimes more than a day and may be associated with an aura or a feeling that the migraine is coming. There appears to be an underlying genetic basis for migraines. It often occurs in families. It can be triggered by certain foods such as wine, chocolate, cheese or skipping a meal, change in weather or atmospheric pressure, sleep disruption, anxiety, and stress. Sinus infection or sinus flare-ups may trigger migraines.
WHAT IS THE SINUS MIGRAINE CONNECTION?
In general sinus headaches can occur in the same areas as migraines but are more likely to be a dull ache or a sense of head fullness or sinus pressure in the face or head. There are areas within the nose/sinus passage that when irritated, seem to trigger headaches or even migraines. Sinus flare-ups or infections may trigger migraines. Changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity, may alter the thickening of the mucosal lining of the nose and create contact between certain trigger areas in the nose or may plug up the sinus openings causing “vacuum” headaches or migraines. While the science behind this is evolving and still light, clinical observation suggests that improving nasal contact or sinus blockage via medication or surgery may improve headaches and migraines.
In patients with chronic migraines that have undergone sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty, personal observation suggests improvement in perhaps more than 50% of migraines. By studying each individual’s symptoms, examination, and sinus CT scan findings, Dr. Khetarpal can make a decision regarding which individual might benefit from surgery or a quick in-office procedure such as Balloon Sinuplasty.
Dr. Khetarpal was trained in New York with additional research and clinical training fellowships at the prestigious Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. He practices in The Woodlands and is accepting new patients. CALL DR KHETARPAL NOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR SINUS-MIGRAINE CONNECTION APPOINTMENT.
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TEXAS SINUS, SNORING, & SLEEP CENTERS
Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head, Neck, Facial Plastic Surgery and Sleep Medicine
Our team brings advanced sinus care to Houston after practicing in the Rio Grande Valley for many years. We have a background in genetic research in Boston that we are currently utilizing on sinus research. We were amongst the first few in the country to use image guidance during sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty in the office.