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How Are Neck Pain and Sinusitis Connected? |Baywest Health

How Are Neck Pain and Sinusitis Connected? |Baywest HealthHow Are Neck Pain and Sinusitis Connected?

Sinuses and headaches are related and most of us, if not all, know that. But can we say that the same relationship exists between sinuses and neck pain? And if it’s really there, then what’s the connection?

Sinusitis affects most people in the spring, since this is the period when pollen counts are alarmingly high and cold and flu rampant. Someone with sinuses is likely to first have clear runny nose and even feel pain over the affected sinuses. He/she is also likely to experience other histamine related symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing, among others.

Symptoms

Ideally, there is the chronic sinusitis (CS), which too has its own symptoms. The Mayo Clinic provides us with at least two of the four primary symptoms of the CS. And they include:

1. Thick, discolored nasal drained/drainage down the back of the throat (post-nasal drip)

2. Nasal obstruction as a result of congestion that disrupts nasal breathing

3. Tenderness, pain, and swelling in the eyes, forehead, nose, and face

4. Adults have a reduced sense of taste and smell while children cough

Other Symptoms

CS also has other symptoms, and they include ear pain, jaw/teeth pain, frequent coughs that worsen at night, sore throat, halitosis (bad breath), fatigue, irritability, nausea, and neck pain. Compared to CS, acute sinusitis has similar symptoms only that its symptoms do not last long like in the case of CS. The following are symptoms that warrant primary care consideration in every part of the world including New Port Richey:

1. High fever

2. Severe headache

3. Mental confusion

4. Visual changes double vision, blurriness, etc.

5. Profound neck pain and stiffness

Causation/Causative Agents

Just like most conditions, CS has a number of causative agents. In other words, your CS may be as a result of nasal polyps, deviated septum or other medical conditions, which can block the nasal passage. Such conditions include cystic fibrosis complications, gastroesophageal reflux or HIV as well as other autoimmune system-related diseases.

Risk factors

Risk factors are those activities or conditions that make one prone to a disease or illness. In this case, risk factors of CS are nasal passage conditions (such as polyps and deviated septum), asthma, aspirin sensitivity (as a result of respiratory problems), immune system disorder (which may be due to HIV/AIDs or cystic fibrosis), hay fever/allergies, and exposure to pollutant (such as cigarette smoke and air pollution).

Complications

CS can lead to a number of complications, and these include:

1. Meningitis

2. Infection migration, like when the infection moves to the bones (osteomyelitis) or to the skin (cellulitis).

3. Loss of sense of smell, and this can be partial or complete anosmia.

4. Vision problems like blindness

More than a few people across the globe, including New Port Richey, are unaware that neck pain and stiffness, as well as jaw pain are all symptoms of chronic sinusitis. This comes as a surprise because neck pain and sinusitis seem to have nothing in common. For this reason, it’s recommended that both the doctor and patient have adequate knowledge on conditions like CS and their symptoms. When a patient visits a chiropractor, the chiropractic doctor will apply his/her skills to look for non-mechanical causes. But to make work easier, it’s advisable that the patient states all of their symptoms including those that seem irrelevant.

Chiropractic doctors, like the ones in New Port Richey, are trained to manage CS; hence, if you visit one, you may get advice on some lifestyle changes, which may help you reduce the likelihood of getting CS again. Chiropractors also prefer to work with other allied healthcare personnel when other measures or antibiotics are needed, and this might help you a lot in the long run.

 

 

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