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These headaches are often confused because many of their symptoms are the same. Both consist of throbbing or aching pain in one or both sides of the head. Both can become worse if you bend over. There are some primary differences however. Migraine sufferes may feel nauseated, and their symptoms may be made worse by light or noise. Migraines often have triggers; the sufferer may have a "feeling" that a migraine headache is coming.

Sinus headaches may be accompanied by postnasal drop, runny nose, nasal congestion, fever, and a general sense of being tired and ill. Sinus headaches are caused by the inflammation of the nasal and sinus membranes narrowing the sinus openings. If the sinuses are blocked, this can cause infection and pressure leading to a sinus headache, As a result, sinus headaches often follow colds or allergy attacks.