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Migrane headaches after deviated septum surgery

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Travis

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Feb 11, 2008
I had surgery to correct my deviated septum due to being hit in the face at work by a high psi hose that ruptured. The ENT doctor told me that he would also clean out my turbinates that would help somethingÖ. The day after surgery was probably the most uncomfortable of all. I think the sandpaper coated tube that used while I was under anesthesia, was more uncomfortable than not being able to breath out my nose due to the tampon without a string that I swore was stuffed up my nose. The next day I returned to have them removed, and it was immediately 10xís better! Granted it had only been 2 months since I had been hit in the face, and I didnít realize that I had such difficulty breathing through my nose. After this, I was off for 10 days due to my job and not being able to work on my pain killers. After returning from my time off, I had my first cleaning! Boy I wish I had a little warning; I would have held my head over a steaming pot of water prior to going to the appointment that day! I would have never imagined that chunks that size could be up inside my nose, and they were well rooted! It was gross, but let me tell you; once again I could breathe 10 times better. I am now 2 weeks post surgery, and I have only worked 2 days. This morning I woke up with a SEVERE migraine headache! I have never had one this bad before. I could only associate it with my nose. I took some Aleve, called in sick to work and miserably stayed in bed all day. I was wondering since Iíve been reading a little bit more online, that people sometimes get ill more often after their surgeries? I hope this isnít the case for me, but I will say that if you have problems breathing, I am still amazed at how easy it is to breathe out of my nose now. I have had 1 other surgery, that put a pin, screw and a bone graph in my right ankle, and that surgery I would say was 10 out of 10 on the pain scale! This surgery was maybe a 5 for the first night, and there after it has been maybe a 2 or so, due to the unwanted headaches, that I never use to get before. I hope this goes away soon, if not, I would gladly trade the easy breathing for not having the headaches. So is this common with this surgery? My ENT told me that my mouth would be sore due to having to adjust my septum all along the bottom. So are there any other unknowns? My friend told me to get a neti pot. To help keep my nose cleaned out. But I do not want to have to do this daily. It isnít dry, but a little irritating. I can breathe easily through my nose, but it feels like it is stuffed up at the same time. Is this normal?
Alan

New Westminster, Canada

#2 Feb 22, 2008
Well it has been a week since I had my surgery for a deviated septum, and I was searching to see what other people were taking for drugs.

My Doctor has me
a)cleaning out my nose with saline twice a day
b)swabbing polysporin in my lower part of my nose
c)then Spraying Nasonex Nasal Spray (This is an anti-inflamatory.
d) I am also still finishing off the antibiotics that he prescribe to me the day of the surgery.

If you have any swelling inside you nose or depending on how severe your nose was this may be the reason why you have a headache.

I have to take the above stuff for 6 weeks.
One of the side effects of this Nasal Spray is head aches.
I really don't want to take this Nasal Spray it is gross but I am not sure what the alternative would be.

Are you taking anything medications for your nose now?
Tiffany

Euclid, OH

#3 Mar 28, 2008
Its been about three weeks since I've had the surgery. i caught a cold last week and I've had a headache for about 5 days now. Now I understand what the problem is. I'm on Nasonex as well.
woolsey

Prosser, WA

#4 May 1, 2008
Just wondering how the headaches have been now? I hope they're gone but would like to hear how they're doing. Thanks.
Travis wrote:
I had surgery to correct my deviated septum due to being hit in the face at work by a high psi hose that ruptured. The ENT doctor told me that he would also clean out my turbinates that would help somethingÖ. The day after surgery was probably the most uncomfortable of all. I think the sandpaper coated tube that used while I was under anesthesia, was more uncomfortable than not being able to breath out my nose due to the tampon without a string that I swore was stuffed up my nose. The next day I returned to have them removed, and it was immediately 10xís better! Granted it had only been 2 months since I had been hit in the face, and I didnít realize that I had such difficulty breathing through my nose. After this, I was off for 10 days due to my job and not being able to work on my pain killers. After returning from my time off, I had my first cleaning! Boy I wish I had a little warning; I would have held my head over a steaming pot of water prior to going to the appointment that day! I would have never imagined that chunks that size could be up inside my nose, and they were well rooted! It was gross, but let me tell you; once again I could breathe 10 times better. I am now 2 weeks post surgery, and I have only worked 2 days. This morning I woke up with a SEVERE migraine headache! I have never had one this bad before. I could only associate it with my nose. I took some Aleve, called in sick to work and miserably stayed in bed all day. I was wondering since Iíve been reading a little bit more online, that people sometimes get ill more often after their surgeries? I hope this isnít the case for me, but I will say that if you have problems breathing, I am still amazed at how easy it is to breathe out of my nose now. I have had 1 other surgery, that put a pin, screw and a bone graph in my right ankle, and that surgery I would say was 10 out of 10 on the pain scale! This surgery was maybe a 5 for the first night, and there after it has been maybe a 2 or so, due to the unwanted headaches, that I never use to get before. I hope this goes away soon, if not, I would gladly trade the easy breathing for not having the headaches. So is this common with this surgery? My ENT told me that my mouth would be sore due to having to adjust my septum all along the bottom. So are there any other unknowns? My friend told me to get a neti pot. To help keep my nose cleaned out. But I do not want to have to do this daily. It isnít dry, but a little irritating. I can breathe easily through my nose, but it feels like it is stuffed up at the same time. Is this normal?
woolsey

Prosser, WA

#5 May 1, 2008
Just wondering how the headaches have been. Please let me know. Thanks

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woolsey

Prosser, WA

#6 May 1, 2008
Please let me know how the headaches have been since your surgery. Thanks
Katie

Norwich, UK

#7 May 6, 2008
I'm due to have septum surgery in the next month because I have been living with bad facial pain for about 8 months. I was wondering how long it will take me to recover from it? and how lond do I have to keep the bandages on for?
Eric

Wakefield, RI

#8 Aug 5, 2008
Katie, I just had the septum surgery (with the additional turbinate reduction) exactly a week ago, and for me it's already helped out quite a bit. The couple days after surgery were a pain, because your nose is stuffed with the gauze and other fun stuff, and also like any other surgery you just can't move around much for the first few days. After that period, I went back to the doctor to get the gauze removed, which made me feel loads better. 3 days later (yesterday) I had the splints removed, and immediately I could breath through my nose, and felt great! I'm taking it easy today, but in a couple days I should able to drive and be almost back to normal. Sorry if I rambled a little...overall I'd guess about a week and a half recovery, but I'm giving it 2 weeks before I go back to work.

After you get it done, just relax your mind as much as possible, and stay on the percocet or whatever drug they give you, until you're completely sure you don't need it.

It really wasn't bad, I absolutely hate surgery/hospital type stuff but got through this relatively easily...and I am already feeling the benefits of having the surgery :)
Eric

Wakefield, RI

#9 Aug 5, 2008
hah well i just realized katie posted in may, meaning she already had the surgery, so I just wrote an essay for nothing :(
Tink

Washington, NC

#10 Jan 8, 2009
Hey-I had the septoplasty last Fri and I have to say that I don't feel that much better. It was the worst pain I have ever been through. I had the splints removed four days after surgery and it felt great to get them out. But I have these terrible headaches due to the disolvable packing still in my nose. I rinse my nose out at least three times a day and I still cant shake these nasty headaches. I am suppose to go back to work Mon but I really dont feel like returning. Any suggestions would be great. How did you guys feel around seven days after the surgery?
Tink

Washington, NC

#11 Jan 8, 2009
woolsey wrote:
Please let me know how the headaches have been since your surgery. Thanks
The headaches have been terrible and the pressure in my face really hurts-about 6 days after surgery.
Jess

Nederland, TX

#12 Feb 8, 2009
I had a septo/rhinoplasty 17 days ago. I am having severe headaches now for nine days. The only thing that helps is darvecet and resting with an ice pack on my forehead. My plastic surgeon/ENT prescribed another round of antibiotics on my two week follow up, suggesting that I prob have a sinus infection. I went back to work 8 days after the surgery and may have not given myself enough time to heal. The headaches are putting my out and I want my life back! Any advice? I go back to the doc in three days for the three week follow up.
Dar

Catlin, IL

#13 Feb 12, 2009
I had deviated septum fixed, turbinates and sinuses reconstructed on Jan 5.(Problem for so many years that the right sinuses, etc were 3 times smaller and left was 3 times bigger than suppose to be)

Hate to give bad news but I am still having headaches 37 days later. Yes, I can breath but the headaches are a pain. They are much better than even 2 wks ago so I'm hoping that it is just a long healing process and maybe by the end of the month I will be feeling good.

I also have had an "off balance kind of dizzy" feeling since the surgery but Doc said my ears look fine. Anybody else having that?

I am still doing only Saline Nose Spray about 3 times a day as per Dr orders and trying to just stick with Ibuprofrn or Excedrin for the headaches.
jen

Lafayette, NJ

#14 Mar 12, 2009
hi. i had the surgery about 5 years ago. i could never breath out of my nose and the surgery fixed that almost instantly. i had no side affects, no headachs or problems. pain was minor and recovery was fast however it seemed like after i got sick for the first time my nose went back to being stuffy all the time again. dont know how or why but i have herd from a few other people that have had it done and they said you may have to do this every few years. its been 5 or 6 years and i am back to the point that i cant stand my nose being clogged any lonnger that i will be calling a differnet nose specialist tomorro to see what they suggest
Kaia

Boulder, CO

#15 May 13, 2009
I've had 4 septoplasty surgeries over the past 25 years with one Dec 07 and the next due to a botched surger Nov 08. My nose looks better but my breathing only improved slightly. I've had major headaches since the Dec 07 surgery that was botched. I was told there was nerve damage that can happen just due to surger or in my case due to a bad surgeon. I'm told they will probably never go away and they are extreme. I've found very little to help with pain other than Gabapentin (sp?). It helps with the pain but is made for seizures. I'm told now to make my nose right as far as breathing they need to make a new nose from cadaver bone as it is so grossly deformed on the inside at this point. I see people who fight in the UFC who have reconstrution and no issues. Not sure why I can't find that relief. The headaches may never go away.
diane

Kelowna, Canada

#16 Jun 14, 2009
hi i just had surgery for polyps and a diviated septum, after i got the splints removed i had to rinse out my nose 4 times a day (to get rid of the clots) now its twice a day, i was to use nasonex nasil spray twice a day.. i did it once oh boy what a headache i had lasted 24 hours with only one spray, I NEVER TOOK IT AGAIN, i let my doctor know and he just wanted me to continue with the rinses....maybe your headaches are from your meds....diane
Ryan from Denver

Littleton, CO

#17 Jul 13, 2009
Hey people well I must say these postings have really helped me for this surgery. I just had the surgery today and other then my nose feeling like the worst plugged up nose of all time I feel pretty good. I'm having trouble sleeping feeling like this and I'm supposed to see the dr. Tomorrow morning so hopefully I can breathe a little bit after tomorrow because this sucks. I will keep touch. If he tells me to take the nasonex spray I will see if it gives me headaches as well and then proceed to just rinse and not take it. I go to Cooperstown Ny in a week and half so I pray I feel better for my sons baseball tournament
scared 40 year old

Encinitas, CA

#18 Sep 28, 2009
Hello everyone! Well, all these post really scare me. I have had sinus infection multiple times every year and when they did the CT scan they found my turbinates that are swollen,congestion in my sinuses and a deviated septum. They want to put in ear tubes to relieve the preasure I feel in my ears and do sinus surgery, turbinates and deviated septum surgery. I have a problem with claustiphobia and if I won't be able to breath I think that i am going to panic. I panic even when I am completely stuffed up from just a cold. HELP!! What should i do. I think that I might just have the ear surgery and forget the sinus and deviated septum surgery. If anyone can give me some adivise that would be great!
Dan

Kissimmee, FL

#19 Nov 29, 2009
I had the deviated septum surgery done about 1.5 years ago. The actual surgery and week long recovery was nothing to really talk about. But post surgery I do get headaches. The doctor told me that all of the nerves around your head end in your nose.(kind of like all the nerves in your legs end at the bottom of your feet) Because he drilled holes up my nose to correct the septum the ends of the nerves were also cut. Now the new endings of the nerves have to heal inside the new lining of the inside of my nose. Problem is that it doesn't always happen that well.

When the nerve endings in your nose get irritated then they begin to hurt, the pain can spread from between your eyes to all parts of your skull. Remember that you are feeling pain not as a result of something else, but as a result of the nerves themselves. So although you may feel congested, or that you got hit on the side of the head, or your cheek bones hurt, it is really your nerves just sending the wrong signal.

Don't do anything that will irritate the inside of your nose. For example, I get headaches after swimming in a pool if the chlorine goes up my nose, or in the ocean with the salt water up my nose, smoke or strong perfumes irritate the inside of my nose, allergens, dry air etc. Saline spray is recommended to keep the inside of your nose clean, however I (and my Dr.) do not recommend it because Saline spray is a salt solution. THIS IS BAD for 2 reasons. Have you ever put salt on an open wound? Putting salt, or using a saline spray when your nerve endings are already exposed and irritated will make the pain much worse. Also, salt pulls the moisture out of the cell membranes in order to moisten the nose, this ultimately will dry out the inside of the nose. Use Pretz nasal spray, it is just like the saline spray but without salt. I have not been able to find it in stores, but you can order it online.

Pain therapy: Every time my headaches become more severe and more frequent I go see my ENT. He gives me a shot on the inside of my nose to cauterize (burn) the nerve endings. The pain goes away instantly. But it is sadly not permanent, it is only a therapy. Eventually the nerve endings start to flare up again and the cycle continues. I've had 2 shots in the last year and a half and I am about to make another appointment. I do get mild headaches in between shots but usually they are short lived and can be tolerated with Tylenol or Advil.

I am not a Dr., but this is how it has been explained to me. Hope this helps. I'm actually online looking for a more permanent solution myself. The plus side is that I get fewer headaches now than I did before the surgery due to sinus congestion in my forehead.
Kii Kii

Mckinney, TX

#20 Mar 20, 2010
I HAVE TO GET THE SAME SURGERY AS YOU THIS SUMMER RHINO/septo and turbinate. Can I ask who you used and if you liked them? It sounds like an infection in your sinus I get that often when the weather heats up. How horrible right after your surgery.
Jess wrote:
I had a septo/rhinoplasty 17 days ago. I am having severe headaches now for nine days. The only thing that helps is darvecet and resting with an ice pack on my forehead. My plastic surgeon/ENT prescribed another round of antibiotics on my two week follow up, suggesting that I prob have a sinus infection. I went back to work 8 days after the surgery and may have not given myself enough time to heal. The headaches are putting my out and I want my life back! Any advice? I go back to the doc in three days for the three week follow up.

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