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Exercise induced sinus inflammation

02/14/2006

Question:

I was diagnosed with effort headaches 2 years ago after many years of severe headaches following intense aerobic exercise (weight lifting is fine). I was placed on endomethicin (after much research & numerous other meds), which I now take only prior to very intense workouts & its been a wonderful. However, I consistently have sinus pressure (not really pain & not really congestion) that starts ~2-3 hours after moderate cardio. I used to think that the headaches & sinus symptoms were connected, but I still have the sinus pressure & dull frontal headache but not the severe headaches. What causes that? Is it a rebound from the sympathetic response? OTC decongestants don`t work. I`m not terribly concerned but its confusing to me & can`t find anything in literature to support it. (Oh...I`m a chiropractor & have been working closely with my MD...but no answers yet. There are no local exercise physiologists to my knowledge.)

Answer:

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Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
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Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati