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Old 04-21-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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Question Nasal pain with decongestants, headache pain without decongestants

Help. I have daily headaches. Some are true migraines. But I believe some are sinus related, particularly since I can get the headache to switch and settle on a side depending on which side I sleep on and let my sinuses drain on. I can feel the pressure in my sinuses. I do have allergies particularly in the spring and fall. The answer the doctors have come up with in regard to this issue is to give me a decongestant (Flonase in one instance, Allegra in the other). But both times as soon as my sinuses started to clear, I experienced tremendous pain particularly in my nose when I breathed in air. This pain would then spread into my upper sinus cavities. I tried an anti-inflammatory for a month, but it did no good. The pain was unbearable and I had to give up. I want to see an ENT but my doctors just want to try other types of decongestants. I don't think this is the right solution. Does this sound familiar to anyone? What might or can an ENT do - would it just be more of the same? I have never seen one before. - Thanks.

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Old 05-20-2006, 06:45 AM   #2
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Re: Nasal pain with decongestants, headache pain without decongestants

I'm sorry I don't have an answer but I'd love to find one myself. I have a VERY similar problem. My allergist just switched me to Allegra-D and I've had a HEADACHE everyday since. I'll give it a few more day's to see if it's going to calm down but then I'm calling and switching back, I can't take anymore. I'm hoping this is a side effect that will go away because it has helped the conjestion in my nose. I am also a Migraine patient and you really can tell the difference between those headaches and one's caused by something else. Please help us find some answers.

Old 05-20-2006, 03:52 PM   #3
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Re: Nasal pain with decongestants, headache pain without decongestants

I would listen to your docs because the two meds you spoke of arenít decongestants. Flonase is a nasal steroid to help reduce inflammation. Allegra, Fexofenadine, is an antihistamine. You might want to ask your doc for a plain decongestant. I use Prolex D, which is a decongestant and guaifenesin, to control my sinus headaches and sinus pain. If you feel your docs arenít doing very well for you, then you should get a second opinion.
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