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    Head Aches from a Deviated Septum?
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    ajkm234 posted:
    I have a deviated septum and I was wondering whether or not that could be a possible cause for my headaches/migraines that I have been having since childhood? If so, is there anyway to alleviate or rid the migraines beside surgery?
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Ajkm234,

    Welcome to the community, please feel free to join our discussion. I am sorry you have migraines and hope you can find relief. I think you have an interesting question and look forward to member replies.
    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute or an hour or a day or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
     
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    ajkm234 replied to Lainey_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you, I hope some one can help
     
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    carpetcrawler5 responded:
    I looked it up and it can cause facial/nasal pain, but I'm not sure about regular headaches. Have you had any surgery to straighten it? Do you get sinus headaches or migraines?
     
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to ajkm234's response:
    How are your migraines now, Ajkm234?
    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute or an hour or a day or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
     
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    Timothy Collins, MD responded:
    Deviated septum causes (triggers) migraines very rarely. There was a "fad" about 15-20 years ago for doing surgery on the nose to "cure" migraines after an article about this was published.

    Unfortunately, once they did a better study, it turned out that the surgery didn't work any better than not having surgery, and some patients ended up with more pain after surgery than before (always a risk when you do surgery).

    If your deviated septum is causing any other problems (like breathing trouble or bleeding) it is probably worth doing.
     
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    pktlady13 replied to Timothy Collins, MD's response:
    also have a deviated septm and have also had headaches and migraines since i was a small child. i just now thought that maybe it is because of my nose. when i was a child my parents did everything they could to try to figure out why i had such bad headaches. they took me for CT scans, MRis, every test you could imagine. i also get frequent sinus headaches and infections. could this be the cause??


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