|courtesy Mount Sinai|
One of the preliminary tests was that he shoved (yes, shoved I think would be the right word) some numbing medication all the way up as far as he could go. He said if the numbing medication worked, he knew what the issue was. 5 minutes later, barely any headache. He smiled, said hmmmm, turned and looked at my CT scans and said ahhhhh! It turns out that the passages in the sides of my nose were all wonky (yes, medical term) and my septum was deviated. So on top of my sinus' being plugged, the passages on the side of my nose were creating pressure points against my septum and creating the headaches. AHA! BINGO!
A few weeks later I was in surgery for some nose correction surgery. (He offered to revamp my nose if I wanted, in which I was slightly offended, I like my nose!) Anyways, after 8 weeks of horrible recovery...headache was gone! Yeah, long recovery... The first days are the worst because they shove draining stuff up your nose and have to leave it there for the first few days. After that though, the recovery is a bit better. I was on bed rest for 2 weeks since I had 2 small children (one of which was still only a few months old). Minus the guilt of having to shuffle my kids off from place to place, recovery wasn't too bad.
I'm including an info-graphic about headaches I found. I think it was pretty helpful and can give some good information.