A call for headache study participants

Learn what kind of headache you have so that you can get the right treatment.

Des Moines University is seeking participants for a research study about sinus headaches that offers compensation.

The sinuses are air-filled spaces in our facial area. They are lined with a thin membrane, which can swell and produce mucus when irritated. If inflamed or not draining properly, the sinuses can cause a feeling of pressure and pain around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, resulting in a sinus headache. Sinus headaches are often associated with a cold, allergies or changes in barometric pressure. You also may notice nasal congestion or discharge with a sinus headache.

Another type of headache, a cervicogenic headache, is related to the neck. The term “cervico-” means “neck,” and the term “-genic” means “origin.” Cervicogenic headaches can be due to stiff neck joints, muscles or irritated nerves in your spine. These issues can refer pain to your head.

Cervicogenic headache pain can be felt in the back of the head, on top of the head, in the forehead or behind the eyes. These headaches can be the result of neck trauma such as a whiplash injury, arthritis or poor postural habits such as prolonged texting or computer use.

Headaches come in many forms and can be triggered by different causes. They also can require different treatments. People who suffer from recurring headaches often have more than one type of headache or more than one cause for their headaches. It’s important to know which kind of headache you have so that you can seek the proper treatment.

Learn MoreResearchers at Des Moines University are looking for people with sinus headaches and people without headaches to participate in a research study that involves assessing posture and motion.

Disclaimer: This content is created for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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