There are many different causes and types of headaches. Many people are familiar with sinus headaches that cause pain and pressure. There is another, less well known type of headache called Sluder’s Syndrome, Sluder’s neuralgia, or “Contact Point” Headache.
This type of headache is very similar to a “cluster” headache, where pain occurs over one part of the face, often around the cheek, eye, or nose. It’s usually described as a sharp, shooting, stabbing pain and generally not as pressure. This type of headache is thought to be caused by an anatomic problem, a pinched nerve. Basically, a nerve is being compressed between two different structures in the nose, often a spur coming off the nasal septum and one of the turbinates.
Because this is an anatomic problem, no medicine can really help. These headaches can be very difficult to diagnose and sometimes, patients can go for years and see many different doctors without finding relief. However, surgery can help bring relief from these types of headaches.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy and sinus treatment options from Dr. Franzese and her team of specialists please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632.
About Dr. Franzese
Christine Franzese, MD, FAAOA, is a board certified otolaryngologist. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots, sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She has surgical expertise with removing tonsils and adenoids, thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, and has extensive experience with sinus surgeries. She offers functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty procedures.