Today we are interviewing Emily Hensley, who had what she thought was a sinus infection. Emily, tell us your story.
Emily: I went to an ear nose and throat specialist for my sinus infection. They performed all the tests, including xrays, and found nothing. You know how they always look for white areas in your sinuses, and that is supposed to be a sinus infection. It was all clear. The problem was I had been suffering from terrible headaches, face pain, and neck pain. They only found one thing.
Emily: I had a herniated disk in my neck. Ah man, your an ENT not a neck doctor. They saw one and they were pretty sure but not one hundred percent sure. So I got to set up an appointment with a neurologist.
What did your neurologist say?
Emily: My Neurologist was very anti-surgery, you know when possible. He tries to avoid it. He has done his homework and knows every possible alternative to surgery and pain meds. He told me what was causing my pain and headaches was muscle spasms brought on by a pinched and inflamed nerve from the herniated disk. He said this was very common and that there are many causes. He introduced me to three things that work very well at eliminating pain. He told me that each work magic on pain like mine.
Emily, What did he say to do? What is this alternative to pain pills and surgery for somebody that’s in pain, but wants to keep it natural?
Emily: The first thing he mentioned was Magnesium oil. I started using it and found it is a VERY effective way to relax my muscles when they are spasmed and eases my tension, and it stopped my headache in about ten minutes after I applied it. I bought Magnesium Oil Lotion (link to Amazon.com), which is a natural muscle relaxant. It completely relaxed me from head to toe. It helped me start my day feeling confident and strong, when I usually feel tense and anxious. I apply it in the morning, and use it again before I go to bed. I normally lose sleep because of stress from the day and my pain, because I was tense. I have always felt so tired and sleepy during the day because of the sleep loss. 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. I have also found out how good it is for leg cramps, and restless legs. I bought some for my dad to try on his leg cramps and he loved it! Nothing else he tried worked.
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?
Emily: He recommended that I use a certain brand of Numb Master Lidocaine Cream 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?
Emily: Another thing he told me about, that has really impressed me is a Ten’s Unit. He said that anyone that has back pain of any kind should have a Ten’s Unit. I only thought chiropractors had those. He told me that “there are Ten’s Units you can use at home and 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. A Ten’s unit makes a great gift for someone with back problems.
Emily, thank you so much for sharing what you have learned with me, and my readers.
Emily: 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.
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The pain at the base of your skull could be Sinus Related
by John Burt
Are there sinuses in the back of your head?
The Sphenoid Sinus Cavity can be seen there in the picture above. And look at all the nerves in the Sphenoid Sinus (picture below). This nerves are located within the Sphenoid Sinus Cavity. Add sinus pressure and inflamation and the irritation will effect these nerves. You will feel it, and the pain will come in many forms.
Also in the picture above you see the Internal Cartid Artery. The pressure from a sinus infection can also have bad effects on this artery causing you to feel foggy headed. If you have a sinus infection in the Sphenoid you have probably been experiencing headaches, neck pain, blurry vision plugged up ears, or tooth pain. I personally have had to drink gallons of coffee, and pop advil to get close to right in the morning. When I started getting my sinus infection cleared up everything weent back to normal. This is not really good at all because it is located right next to your brain and Pituitary Gland (see picture below).
How do you clear up a sinus infection in the Sphenoid Sinus?
Flonase! If you want a good deal on Flonase buy it on Amazon. Here’s the link Flonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray.
In this order:
1. Spray one squirt in each nostril
2. Then lay on your bed just like in the picture below
Lay on your back with your head hanging off. Don’t fall off you bed and onto your head. I am not responsible 😉 I always spray then lay back, because Flonase does not spray properly upside down.
The Mygind Position
Flonase clears up the infection but before you use the Flonase you can do this to open up the airways. What I do is boil a pot of water and you know the old remedy old breathing the steam from a pot of boiling water, well I added a twist. I bought this doTERRA Deep Blue Essential Oil. It is fantastic for breaking up mucus! I put 4 drops in the pot of water and boiled it. This combined with the steam was amazing! It opened my sinuses and then I used the Flonase as described above.
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!
The three things I recommend for relief for less than going to the doctor
Sphenoid Sinusitis symptoms:
Headache at base of skull
Sinus neck pain
A full feeling in your ears
The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.
Sinus cavities affected by sphenoid sinusitis
The “paranasal sinuses” are four air-filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity and they are named after the facial bones in which they are located. The paranasal sinuses are all connected by small tunnels called ostia; these are normally clear and allow pressure to balance between the sinus cavities and the outside air.
1. The maxillary sinuses are the most cavernous of the paranasal sinuses. They are under the eyes, in the cheek bones the frontal sinuses in the bone, which forms part of the forehead
2. The ethmoid sinuses, which are several holes between the nose and the eyes
3. The sphenoid sinuses located in the sphenoid bone at the center of the skull base below the pituitary gland.
4. The paranasal sinuses are lined with a moist tissue for protection from damage by mucous movement, and also to block pathogens and particles.
Are your ears clogged too?
There are several causes of blocked Eustachian tubes and these causes can be both bacterial and viral infections such as colds and flu. Blockages can also occur as a reaction to allergies. In both the middle ear and the sinuses a blockage can stop the movement of mucous and prevent it’s removal. It is possible to increase bacteria growth in this mucous which would cause further infection such as sinusitis and make the problem worse. This is why it’s important to follow my instructions above to open up your sinuses.
Common Causes of Sphenoid Sinusitis
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Sinusitis will typically develop after an upper respiratory tract infection like the common cold or flu. This can cause sinusitis by causing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passageway. The swelling and blockage interrupts the flow of mucus and creates the perfect situation for bacteria growth and in the end causes pain and pressure throughout the sinuses.
Chronic sphenoid sinusitis is more common among people with pansinusitis. Basically pansinusitis is inflammation of the four pairs of sinuses. People with a weak immune system or suffering upper respiratory infections like the flu or the common cold, are at higher risk for this condition. Pansinusitis is a result of bacteria and viruses that grow in the secretions and are unable to be removed by flowing to the back of the throat because of obstructions.
Intranasal Corticosteroid Sprays
A corticosteroid spray is an anti-inflammatory medicine that treats nasal polyps and allergy symptoms, like itching, swelling, congestion, and sneezing. It works well used daily for at least two weeks.
To achieve its full effects, it’s important that you know the correct application techniques. The goal is to make sure the medicine remains inside your nose, but it shouldn’t drip down your throat or from your nose.
How to use an intranasal corticosteroid spray:
1. Clear your nostrils of mucus by lightly blowing your nose.
2. Prime the bottle by spraying it in the air a couple of times to make sure you receive the appropriate amount of medicine.
3. Slightly lean your head towards the front, and then exhale slowly.
4. Direct the nozzle towards the back of your nose to prevent irritations.
5. Inhale slowly as you introduce the medicine into your nose.
6. Avoid sneezing or blowing your nose for at least ten minutes after spraying.
Ice Pick Headaches
An ice pick headache feels like a very intense and quick pain on the right side of my head. They start in one spot and pulsed out to what it felt like a inch in all directions. They are intense, sharp, stabbing pain about your skull like being stabbed with an ice pick. It can be in the front sometimes, or sometimes it’s in the temple. It really varies.
I was awakened with excruciating, stabbing pains on the top right front of my head behind the eye. lasted about 30 seconds. They can last for a few seconds to a few minutes. I started noticing them after my migraines started to get to where they were coming about 3 days a week.
Turbinate Hypertrophy, What is it?
Turbinate hypertrophy occurs when one or more of the nasal turbinate’s become swelled and enlarged. It can lead to obstruction of the nasal airways and difficulties breathing. Also referred to as nasal concha, the turbinates are formed by two spongy bones that sit within the nasal passage. There are three pairs, referred to as the inferior, middle, and superior turbinates, and they are divided by the nasal septum.
Causes and Symptoms of Turbinate Hypertrophy
Turbinates are covered with a mucous membrane that contains blood vessels. They can shrink and swell in response to a variety of things. The turbinates keep your nasal function healthy by humidifying, warming, and filtering air as it is inhaled. When this gets messed up somehow breathing problems can occur. Things that may contribute to enlarged turbinates include: Irritants, Chronic sinusitis, Allergies, Hormone changes, and Pregnancy, and can cause “Empty Nose Syndrome”. Things you will experience with turbinate hypertrophy include Chronic congestion, Difficulty breathing, Sensation of swelling or blockage in the nose, and Snoring.
Yoga and sinus pressure
Doing yoga will get your mind focused so stretch out your muscles, and get moving in ways that can help you get things moving around in your sinuses. Just doing a few moves when the pain starts up can help, but the best thing to do is a set aside a few minutes each day to practice regularly and prevent headaches before they happen.
You may think your breathing alright, but you’re likely not getting the most out of the oxygen you take in. We usually take breaths that are too shallow, and if we are experiencing pain or stress, we do breathe more shallow. Make an effort to take deep, full, breaths that fill up your lungs. This will get plenty of fresh oxygen circulating through your blood and will help relax your mind and body.
Exercise is the best cure for a headache I have found
An aching head does not inspire me to get active, but getting up and moving-outside in fresh air can help loosen up tight muscles causing a headache. It also gives you something to focus on that might take your mind off the pain. Good exercise also releases endorphins, which can dull the uncomfortable sensation caused by a headache. To get the most out of your activity.
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