Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection trigger a Migraine?

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I get severe sinus infections every year!  I have had sinus surgery and still get sinus infections!  They are a huge trigger for my migraines and this season has been no different.  I was once told that I’m allergic to viruses and get very sick when I contract an infection like a cold, sinus infection or the flu.  When I  get sick, it always ends in a migraine.  My sinus infection was treated with an antibiotic and ended with a cycle of migraine.

Prior to that, I had been burning my candle from both ends, so to speak,  and got a cold. The first day I was wiped out with no energy, lost my voice, and was overall down and out.  The following days I continued to cough and had other various cold like symptoms.  I have to say, colds are no fun and I’m glad I don’t get them often.  It really was more annoying than anything else though.  I was just ready for it to be done.  I could continue on with my life but it slowed me down a bit.

Here’s the difference between a cold and my everyday life….migraines!  I tried not to take a lot of over the counter (OTC) cold meds because I really don’t like to take OTCs in general.  I lived a period of my life getting rebound headaches not understanding the repercussions of OTCs and I have not taken them since.   So med free, I had a coughing fit one night.  This fit triggered a migraine and I immediately went into abort migraine mode.

I actually thought to myself, “wow, a cold is annoying but a migraine sends true fear through me.”  The proverbial trick or treat.   A cold is no treat, but with a migraine looming I took it as one.  My trick being pain, pain, pain, and I wasn’t falling for it.  I had  resisted taking meds all week but once the migraine hit I immediately took what I hoped would be effective.

With the coughing, lack of sleep, stuffy head turned sinus infection I knew a migraine would not be far away.  I went to the doctor to confirm a sinus infection and start an antibiotic.  I never feel better immediately on antibiotics and once they kicked in they started a migraine cycle for me that last 3 days.

So why can’t I just get a cold?  Like I said, it’s no fun at all (especially with 2 children that also have colds and sinus infections) but having a simple cold made me feel almost normal.   It was the migraine cycle that ended it that was the worst.  Being sick is so hard but combined with chronic migraine it makes the battle all that harder!



7 thoughts on “Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection trigger a Migraine?

  1. Pingback: Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection Trigger a Migraine? Plus Products to Survive the Winter | My Migraine Life

  2. YES,having SNOTTY colds does start migraines BADLY. it happens to me a lot .it is
    like having Allergies starts migraines very baDLY.MAKES IT LOT LOT MORE SNOTTY NOSED. i take part in a lot research tryed lots medicines/tablets mostly
    made me a lot worsor when i get migraines i am all ways .Vomiting A lot



  3. If I didn’t know any better as I was reading this I would have thought my daughter wrote this. Sinus infections & head colds are her biggest trigger. Once that happens it goes on for 4 days there were 2x it went on for months that she ended up not only in the ER but also 10 days in the hospital. They are so debilitating such a set back. She is suffering with one now.


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