Allergies and Migraines: Sinuses and Triggers

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Allergies and migraines go hand in hand for me. Several years ago, I had sinus surgery.  I have suffered from sinus issues and infections my whole life (just like migraines).  After many sinus infections, this year I decided to look for more answers on why I’m still suffering so much from allergies.

The first doctor I went to I had seen as a child with the same issues.  He dismissed me after speaking at length because I was “too knowledgeable” about my migraine attacks and triggers stating that allergy testing wouldn’t teach me anything.

I wasn’t surprised, so I moved on to an immunologist that a friend and fellow migraine sufferer had suggested. He stated that allergy sufferers are 33% more likely to suffer from frequent migraines and he was incredibly interested in helping.  I was pricked with lots of allergens and waited in his office wanting to scratch my arm off.

Once the results came in I received a lot of feedback that I found helpful.

 Food Allergy Migraine

I found out that I was allergic to corn.  For those of you that don’t know, corn is in EVERYTHING processed.  I asked “how allergic” I was and how careful I needed to be.  As always, it depends and he suggested to experiment with foods, how I felt and migraine symptoms that arise after eating.   This was an “ah ha moment” for me being I feel sick 95% of the time I eat.  I have never known why but corn is a good clue.

 Indoor Allergies

I found out I’m allergic to dust and mold.  I like to think I keep a clean house but with a Golden Retriever, 2 small children and a busy life, a dust free home is not possible (is it for anyone?). 

Sinus Infection

This year I have suffered from endless sinus infections.  My doctor told me that I had not been receiving the correct treatment.  I had been going to a “Minute Clinic” when I had a sinus infection and couldn’t stand it anymore.  The medication that was given was, according to my doctor, was not strong enough or for a long enough time to rid the sinusitis.  Therefore, my sinus infections just kept cycling because they were never really gone. What is the difference between migraine and sinus infection?

Allergy and Migraine Trigger Avoidance

1.  Food allergies  – Reading food labels more carefully.  Looking at them, it seems corn is in everything so I’m trying to eliminate foods that have it as the first 5 ingredients listed.

2.       I got allergy pillow cases, mattress cover and installed a new air filter in my house.

3.       I took the medication to rid me of my sinusitis and now have preventative medication to take at night to hopefully help with the migraine I am waking with each morning.

4.       I now have an appointment for my son to be allergy tested for his chronic breathing and upper respiratory issues.  He is currently on preventative medication and breathing treatments.

5.       After playing outside, we are showering my son and changing his clothes before nap and playing in the house.  We were told that the allergens stick to his hair therefore leaving the allergens around the house.  We have always washed hands upon entering, don’t wear shoes in the house, vacuum a lot and dust.

Allergy Testing and Help

1.       I will now be going to my immunologist for my sinus infections.

2.       I will be learning more from my son’s allergy testing and be able to accommodate both better once the results are back.

3.       I have a review of my new air filter and breathe easy spray

Do you suffer from allergies and migraines? 

What are you allergic to and how do you treat them? 

mymigrainelife

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.

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7 Comments

  1. TradeRoutz livingStyle on April 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Great info, tks. I suffer constant headaches, often migraines too, and I’ll definitely look into ‘corn’ in my food from now on. Tks for the heads up!



  2. mluvbug24 on April 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Love that you’re sharing about this illness! I too am a stay at home mom with chronic migraines, haven’t found a good treatment yet. Also have sinus issues, which are worse during seasonal allergies. It’s hard when there is not a time for me to check out or be sick, my husband works 60hrs shift work. So most days everything depends on me. Have u ever tried Botox? I tried it twice but didn’t produce enough relief on the second round.



  3. mymigrainelife on April 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for following, sounds like we have a lot in common. Yes, I do Botox but it has been hit or miss for me. Right now I try to live as preventatively naturally then use abortive medications when the migraine raises to a level I need help. I’m lucky I have a good support system for when I need it.



  4. mymigrainelife on July 18, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Reblogged this on My Migraine Life and commented:

    Any one else suffering from allergies?



  5. Samantha Thuesen on July 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

    This is all great information! I’m glad you were able to find out what was wrong and adjust accordingly! -bsrealtalk.com



  6. mymigrainelife on July 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Thanks.



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