Can a sinus infection cause neck pain?
Yes, Sphenoid Sinusitis can result in these symptoms:
- Headache at the base of your skull
- Neck pain
- Sinus pressure
- Fullness in your ears
- Brain fog
- Blurry vision
A bad sinus infection like this disrupts everything. It’s so hard to work when your head is pounding, and your neck is aching. That spot just at the base of your skull get so uncomfortable it’s overwhelming. That’s what I went through, and that’s what inspired my week long search for the cure. One day I found it. I actually stumbled across it by accident when I ran into an old friend who also happens to be a doctor. I originally thought I might have a neck injury, but he set me straight, and the following is what he told me.
The Nerves Causing Your Sinus Pain
The Sphenoid Sinus Cavity can be seen there in the yellow box. There are a lot of nerves running through there. See the picture below. Having infection and pressure up against these nerves is not good. You are going to feel this. This is the reason you are experiencing neck pain. Some have confused this with Menengitis, and in fact this can lead to Menengitis if you don’t get it taken care of. I’m going to tell you later how I ended my trouble with this.
The Brain Fog
Notice the artery in there too. Could be the cause of that foggy brain you have been experiencing. I had to drink gallons of coffee to get close to right in the morning. When I started getting my sinus infection cleared up the fog began to slowly lift. It took a little while. My ears also popped and drained. The pressure release felt so good, I can’t handle it when my ear is clogged. What happens is a sinus infection sets in when the cavity gets inflamed and swollen. It can close off and build pressure. This is not really good at all because it is located right next to your brain and Pituitary Gland.
How to Clear Out Your Sinus Infection
Breathing in dry indoor air, particularly common in wintertime, can really clog up your nose, thicken mucous, and irritate the sinuses. But a fine mist from a humidifier may help. “Being in an environment that’s more moist makes the nose happier and less congested.” A good humidifier can help you recover from a sinus infection, and usually prevent you from getting one in the first place. The humidifier below is my favorite. I have tried many different kinds and this is the best I have found. I have two, one for my room, and one for my sons room. This small purchase has helped us avoid our usual doctor visits, and time away from work and school. This link goes to Amazon.com if your interested in seeing it for yourself.
In the video the Vicks Humidifier I recommend is a big winner
The Neti Pot
Think of a small teapot crossed with Aladdin’s lamp that takes the saline spray a step further. In addition to the moisture introduced by pouring water in one nostril and out the other, it also has the force to flush out irritants that may contribute to symptoms. Neti pots have been made out of both ceramic and plastic (See on here at Amazon). Just make sure to use sterile or distilled water, or boil water for 3 to 5 minutes and let cool, the FDA warns, to kill any potentially dangerous germs.
A good Antihistamine can prevent and cure
I experienced pain and discomfort for a long time because of the sinus infection. I took handfuls of Ibuprofen until it gave me four stomach ulcers. Then I took handfuls of Tylenol. One day I used Flonase for sinus pressure and noticed my neck stopped hurting. The next day my neck, head, and everything else hurt. I used flonase again….and everything stopped hurting. My headaches and neck pain stopped after each treatment. They would come back so I just repeated the process for a few days, and they gradually improved. No more pills! It does take some time. They say in a lot of cases there is actually a fungal infection in there, and it can take a while to clear that up.
Now that Flonase can be bought without prescription this will be easy. First buy some Flonase. I buy mine at Amazon and get it at a much lower price than you can anywhere else. Here’s the link Flonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray.
Now, Spray one squirt in each nostril. That’s it. Combining Flonase and a humidifier can help you avoid sinus infections, and help you get over the one you have now. I am living proof. I haven’t been to the doctor in two years.
I also recommend this awesome Hot or Cold Gel Pack. You can use heat to loosen up your sinuses or cold for pain relief and sore muscles. You can’t beat it!
Another thing I have to mention is this soothing doTERRA Deep Blue Essential Oil. It is fantastic for breaking up mucus and awesome for headaches!
Remember I am not a doctor. If your sinus infection persists, or gets worse, go see your doctor.
If you find out the pain at the back of your head is not sinus related then read this
Headache at the Base of your Skull
This is the ultimate guide to stop your pain. I found what works and what doesn’t. I have put everything that works here in one place for you to benefit from. I am very excited about the following article because it has helped me.
We did an interview with Kristina Hensley from Mommyinspection.com. She has had all of these symptoms and shared her experience.
You told me you found a way to get rid of your headaches, neck, and back pain without taking pain pills and surgery. What did you do?
Kristina: I have a great Neurologist that looked into what was causing my pain and headaches, and determined that what felt like something in my neck was either broken or out of place was actually muscle spasms (cramps) from a pinched and inflamed nerve. He said this was very common. He introduced me to three things that work very well at eliminating pain. He told me that each work magic on pain like mine.
Kristina, What did he say to do? Is there an alternative to pain pills and surgery for somebody that’s in pain, but wants to keep it natural?
Kristina: Yes! He told me Magnesium is the best alternative. He is a great doctor that is not really into surgery or pills. He has patients that feel the same way as I do, and he is willing to let us in on other things that are as effective at easing pain as prescriptions and surgery.
What are those three things?
Kristina: The first thing he mentioned was Magnesium oil. I tried it found it is a wonderfully effective way to relax my muscles that were spasmed and eased my tension, and it stopped my headache in about ten minutes after I applied it. I bought Magnesium Oil Lotion, which is a natural muscle relaxant, and it melted away my anxiety. It helped me start my day feeling confident and strong. I apply it in the morning, and use it again before I go to bed. I used to lose sleep because of stress from the day and my pain, because I was tense. I felt so fatigued and sluggish during the day because of this. I would fight off the urge to sleep all day long. Once I started using magnesium oil at night I slept great, and felt little pain. I would wake up refreshed the next morning. If I was having a headache I would apply it right then. Magnesium oil quickly relieves my neck pain, back pain, and headaches. It is very good for leg cramps, and restless legs. I love it because you can rub it in and 10 minutes later you have relief.
Fact: “Studies suggest that magnesium deficiency is sometimes the cause of insomnia, a condition that is experienced by an estimated one out of two Americans. Magnesium eases anxiety, relaxes muscles and nerves, resulting in an overall improvement of your night’s sleep. Magnesium works with the calcium in our bodies to help our muscles first contract and then relax again. Muscles contract with the help of stored calcium. Magnesium is the mineral that helps them relax. Without enough magnesium, muscles are unable to relax fully after contraction and nighttime muscle cramps develop, causing another sleep disruption”
What else did he recommend?
Kristina: He recommended that I use a certain brand of Lidocaine Cream called Numb Master that is stronger than most. You have probably heard of aspercreme that people use for pain. This is the same but is 5% lidocaine, and soaks in much better than most other creams that I have tried. This is very similar to magnesium oil in that you rub it on and experience relief shortly after. I love this stuff! It works very well every time, and I can apply it anywhere. If I’m out running errands, and start getting a headache, or my neck starts hurting, I rub this cream on my neck and feel complete relief in 5 to 10 minutes. It is Awesome! My favorite thing to do is rub the lidocaine cream, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then rub the magnesium oil on. This is a VERY effective way to stop my aching pains right in their tracks.
You said there were three things right? What else did you try?
Kristina: Another thing he told me about, that has really impressed me, is using a Ten’s Unit. He told me to go to a chiropractor for these therapy sessions. That was kind of a hassle making and getting to an appointment, and I complained to him a little. He said “you know they have those Ten’s Units you can use yourself you can buy on Amazon”. He even showed me where to order it. The one he showed me the that I now recommend that is the same power that the professionals use! I ordered it right then. I use it on the areas where I feel pain, where my muscles feel tight, and afterwards I thought man I feel quite a bit better. I have been through a lot so I’m not going to be a believer that fast. I hate to say this because I don’t want to jinx myself but you know what…I have been using that thing for 15 minutes a day for six days and I have been pain free for those six days! That is amazing for me. I never go for six days straight. Usually I’m thankful if I get two days. I have tried acupuncture, massage, and pain killers. Nothing worked as good as this! The great thing about it is that I felt better after the first treatment. It just got better and better from then on.
Kristina, thank you so much for sharing what you have learned with me, and my readers.
Kristina: I’m so excited to share this with you because it has made me feel so much better. I can’t stress how much each one of these things has improved my life. I am confident they will help others too. If you know someone who suffers from headaches share this with them. They will be forever grateful
I’m so excited to share this with you because it has made me feel so much better. I can’t stress how much each one of these things has improved my life. I am confident they will help others too. If you know someone who suffers from headaches share this with them. They will be forever grateful.
Do you want to read the reviews on those three things Kristina recommended? Click the links below to go to Amazon!
Headache at the base of your skull, neck pain, dizziness, and blurred vision
Muscles that cause occipital headache
Trapezius — This large muscle, called trapezius for it’s shape, is very complex and has a number of trigger points. It is the most common cause of an occipital headache. Trigger point #1 is found where the neck joins the shoulder. Squeeze the muscle where the shoulder meets the neck. Doing this can send pain to the temples, the jaw, down your neck and around the ear, behind the eye, and to the back of your head. Another cause of occipital headache is trigger point #2, located between the neck and shoulder joint. Trigger point #3 Next to the spine at the lower end of the shoulder blade can also pain to the area.
Sternocleidomastoid or SCM — This muscle that can create a whole range of problems like dizziness and nausea, ringing of the ears, and head pain. This muscle travels from the skull around behind the ear to the top of the breast bone and to your collar bone. The trigger points are found along the full length of the muscle.
Semispinalus capitus and splenius cervicis — These are muscles in the back of the neck close to the spine that can cause pain in the back of the head and even in the forehead. To find them just move along the spine in the neck to find any areas that are tender and recreate the way your headache feels.
Suboccipital muscles — These are a set of muscles at the base of the skull. You can find them by pushing below the edge of the skull behind the ear, down to the other side of your head. They frequently send referred pain to the side of the head and also behind the ear, but mainly create pain at the base of the skull. They are stressed by extending your head or looking up. This happens when you lie face on the floor and prop your neck up with your hands to see the TV. It is also known to happen when looking up at something, or forward head posture when working on the computer.
Occipitalis — This is a flat muscle on the skull that refers pain to the back of the head and the eye. To locate it, prod the back of your skull. If these muscles are inflamed you will notice it is painful when you lay your head on your pillow. It can also pinch the a nerve that runs through it and then you will feel a tingling sensation in the back of you head. Trigger points can be caused by stress and tension holding your face in a tense position like wrinkling of the forehead and vision problems that cause you to squint.
Digastric muscle — This muscle is involved in the action of swallowing. It is located right under the jaw and sends pain to behind the ear, sometimes to the throat, and the back of the head. To find this trigger point, press up right below the angle part of the jaw. If it is tender and refers pain to the back of your head you could be on it. Trigger points are created in this muscle by clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth.
Temporalis Muscle — This is another flat muscle located on the side of the head right above the ear. It causes pain on the side of the head and can extend to the back of the head. This muscle can even cause some tooth pain. The trigger point that refers pain to the back of the head is above the ear and behind the ear. These trigger points can be started by clenching and grinding the jaw, recent dental work, chewing gum, and bad head posture.
What does an occipital headache feel like
Occipital neuralgia can cause pain that feels sharp and dull at the same time on the back of the head and neck. It will start with tightening of the neck muscles and the muscle between your neck and shoulders. These muscle spasms are painful. Then again starts deep in your neck at the base of the skull and top of the neck. A headache will then begin that feels like it is deep in the center of your head but I have learned it is more like a crown around your head. The muscles deep in the middle of your neck will then begin to hurt and a deep excruciating pain will result from between the center of your shoulder blades to the top of your head. This is pure misery. I have experienced a sensitivity to light like with a migraine headache. My eyes become blurry, and my balance is effected sometimes. I have become nauseous, and this has all lasted for days.
The Suboccipital Triangle
The suboccipital region is a area of muscles that has a huge impact on your whole body, and especially the top part of your body. These points controlled by the muscles are important anatomical landmarks on the occipital bone of the skull. It is shaped like a pyramid and influenced the movement of the atlas and axis or C1 and C2 vertebrae respectively. These muscles function mainly as posture muscles but can also control movements of the head. This region is made up of four pairs of small muscles:
1. Rectus capitis posterior major
2. Rectus capitis posterior minor
3. Obliquus capitis inferior
4. Obliquus capitis superior
Suboccipital muscles and dizziness
Just like any other muscle group in the body fatigue, tension, and strain will occur from overusing and/or neglecting these muscles. Tightness and tension of the muscles can give you symptoms of dizziness, blurry vision, and balance problems. This occurs because the brain works with both the suboccipitals and the eyes to help you focus on objects, follow objects, and compare an objects position compared to your body position. A group of nerves pass through the suboccipital area (suboccipital triangle) on their way back into the spinal column, and compression of these nerves will compound the above said symptoms and when they squeeze down enough it will cause occipital neuralgia or pain focused in your neck and base of your head. Another interesting fact is that cervical vertebrae C2 and C3 are linked to the dura mater of the spinal cord in this location. This is called the Cervical Myodural Bridge. If the muscles attached to these vertebrae are pulling to one side or the other, the spinal cord is affected and could trigger headache and migraine symptoms as well as cause balance problems.
What is the first step to ending these headaches?
Step One: Stop the muscle spasms. One of the most beneficial things I have found for muscle spasms, or muscle cramps, is a Ten’s Unit. A Ten’s unit basically sends a very small voltage signal to your muscles wherever you stick a pad. Once you turn it on you can feel it tightening and releasing your muscles, and after a while it makes the muscles you targeted to get tired and relax. Using a Ten’s unit is a very beneficial part of this process.
An alternative to the Ten’s Unit
You can either go to a physician and get a referral to go to a specialist that will eventually prescribe you some expensive and highly addictive muscle relaxers, or you can by a bottle of this Magnesium Lotion. Most people prefer a Ten’s Machine but magnesium lotion is another way to relax your muscles. So, the first step is to break the cycle and relax the muscle spasms with either a Ten’s machine or magnesium lotion. This will loosen up your neck, and remove the inflammation from the nerve.
“Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.”
Step Two: Lidocaine is a great pain reliever that we can buy without a prescription. People with arthritis love this stuff because they can carry it around with them and rub it on their hands, or elbows, or whatever is bothering them. After I release the muscle spasm I then go after the pain by rubbing this Lidocaine Cream all over my neck. Within a short amount of time I am back to hanging out with my family, and enjoying life.
Bone spurs can also cause the pain at the base of your skull
If you have degeneration in your spine then this means you have bulging and compressed disks, and bone spurs. Bone spurs are caused when the vertebrae rub together. Calcium builds up and over time will pinch off nerves passing nearby. Pain will travel to parts of your shoulders, down your arm, into your neck, and around your head. This can be the exact cause of the pain you are experiencing. Until you can go in to a doctor and have the spurs cleaned up use these creams. Buy the magnesium lotion, and the lidocaine cream, and experience relieve while you wait. That’s what I do.
Temporal Arteritis and headaches
Temporal arteritis is a painful autoimmune condition in which the many branches of the carotid artery become inflamed and is known as vasculitis. Things like fever, a really bad headache on one side of the head, and severe jaw pain when you chew are known symptoms.
A Cervicogenic headache is a headache or disorders that most people misjudge because the pain really isn’t in or from the head. Cervicogenic headache is referred pain that feels like the problem is from your head but is really coming from another part of the body. It might be perceived that it’s coming from your head but is actually from a source in the neck like a cervical issue. A herniated disk can cause a cervicogenic headache. A Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. The pain can be referred from different places like your shoulder, the lower back of head between your head and neck, and your back. Chronic pain at the base of your skull can be treated by a chiropractor. At times I have had a still neck and a headache that came on suddenly. I was very tired and the fatigue was so bad I could hardly make it to the chiropractor to receive treatment. The vertigo was so bad from that headache I needed help walking and I one point I started vomiting like I was car sick or something. Any Im sorry for the gross details but my point is that it was all from my headache that was referred from a cervical vertebrae that was out of position. One visit to the chiropractor and it all went away
Acupuncture for a headache at the base of your skull
Acupuncture can be used for headaches, including migraine headaches, blurry vision, ringing in your ear, trouble sleeping from insomnia, fibromyalgia, fatigue, a stiff neck, neck pain, and computer eyestrain. As matter of fact there are two specific acupressure points underneath the base of the skull that help all of these things.
Acupressure Point GB 20 is below the base of the skull, in some hollow points on both sides of your neck, right in between the two neck muscles that run vertically. The two hollow points between the trapezius and other sternocleidomastoid muscles. If you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides of your spine about four three inches apart gradually increasing pressure it will provide some relief. Use your knuckles or a trigger point tool if you have one to gradually apply pressure into those hollow points of your skull. After a while take a break and see if you feel relief.
Eye trouble coupled with the pain at the base of your skull
Sometimes when you have one of these headaches you can experience strange effects on your eyes. My eyes usually feel very sore and i see purple spots from time to time. Some people get double vision and others feel pain in only on eye. Some experience fuzzy vision. Be aware that sometimes medications you take for a headache can cause these dry and burning eyes and can make them feel tired. On the other hand a bad headache can come about from eye strain from activities such as working on a computer or driving. Try to pay a attention to whether the headache caused the eye trouble or the eyes caused the head trouble.
Headache at base of skull during pregnancy
Headaches can be caused by the hormonal changes that are occurring in your body. This is very common in early pregnancy. The hormone progesterone relaxes your uterus and the blood vessels in your body as well as those in your head and neck. This causes changes in your blood pressure that can trigger tension-type headaches. If you experienced headaches or migraines before you were pregnant they may increase in early pregnancy. But some women find that once they are pregnant, their headaches stop. Tiredness, hunger, dehydration, stress, lack of fresh air and not having enough exercise can all effect whether or not you have headaches. If you are trying to reduce your caffeine intake or quit smoking, headaches may definitely be part of your withdrawal symptoms. Sinus congestion which is common during pregnancy may cause you to have a headache in the area behind your cheekbones. Your eyesight may be affected due to changes in the pressure around your eyes. With a tension-type headache, you might feel pain on both sides of your head. If your hydration if off, your headache is more likely to be at the base of your skull, or around the nape of your neck. Headaches in later pregnancy may indicate some serious problems like high blood pressure. Headaches in your third trimester, at the front of your head or accompanied by flashing lights, sickness, or sudden swelling in your fingers and ankles could be symptoms of pre-eclampsia. Sometimes the strain from carrying a baby during pregnancy can cause pain at the base of your skull or neck just because of the extra weight.
A diabetic headache felt at the back of the head from high or low blood pressure
You may be experiencing a diabetic headache for the first time and may not know the symptoms of diabetic headaches. This is a good thing to research so that you will be able to treat the root cause of the headache immediately which is very important. It can be caused by high or low blood pressure. You may also feel shaky, dizzy, or even clumsy, disoriented, sweaty, moody, and tingling sensations in the mouth. These symptoms may occur with or without a headache, but can help you determine the cause. The headache which can be identified by tender points on the head, stabbing, throbbing, or dull pains at the base of the skull. Some headaches may even produce nausea and vomiting.
Earache, Sore Throat, and Pain the base of the head
These are commonly bunched together and can come about in two ways. Either your atlas vertibrae is off center and causing muscle spasms in the sub-occipitals, or you have irritation in your neck from the sore throat or ear infection. It is a good ideas to try and remember which started first. If your neck started hurting first then visit your chiropractor and see if he can manipulate the altas back into position. This can sometimes result in swollen lymph nodes as well.
Cervical Spodulosis and compressed blood vessels
Ok if you combine degenerated disks that are too close together, and some bone spurs then you going to end up with pinch nerves and compressed blood vessels. If the blood vessels are in your neck then it can get bad. The brain can be affected if blood vessels are compressed, as this can affect the blood supply to the brain. This may result in dizziness, blurry vision, foggy slow thinking, and even blackouts.