The Doctors: Severe Migraines From Deviated Septum
Millions of people suffer from migraines, and Kim is knows the nagging symptoms all-too-well. Kim shared that she’s had migraines for 41 years and they started when she was just 15. She now suffers migraines more frequently than ever before, sometimes four days consecutively. A full-blown migraine to Kim feels like a “spike driven through the top of my head, behind my eyes.” She’ll often end up vomiting profusely for hours. She’s tried food elimination diets, holistic remedies, and various medications.
When she feels a migraine coming on, she’ll hide away in a dark room and pray for relief. She admitted that she’s difficult to be around because of the migraines, acknowledging that they severely aggravate her daughter and husband. Surprisingly, when Kim saw a specialist, Dr Kevin Smith, she was diagnosed with a severely deviated septum. Kim heard about a procedure that Dr Smith could perform with a reportedly high success rate, and The Doctors’ cameras were there as she underwent surgery.
The Doctors: Deviated Septum Causing Migraine Symptoms
It turns out that sinus and nasal issues can mimic a migraine, and Dr Smith showed the bone spur that was causing Kim’s persistent pain. It’s been a few weeks since surgery and Kim said she now feels amazing! Dr Smith further explained that some people will experience migraine symptoms, including the aura that goes along with it. But an injury to the nose leads to a deviated septum or bone spur that touches sensitive tissues inside the nose. When that occurs, it refers pain to the head and is often misdiagnosed as a migraine.
A deviated septum isn’t automatically a reason for migraine symptoms, but if you have a deviated septum you have to pay attention to whether your nose is responding to things that it wouldn’t otherwise, causing a headache. Do you have a deviated septum and suffer from severe migraine symptoms?