did you know your sinuses can cause a seizure?

I never would have believed it unless I’d experienced it for myself. There I was sitting on the sofa writing my husband a note to go to the store when suddenly… I lost all control over my writing hand.  Then I couldn’t move my left hand either. My chest didn’t feel tight but tingly and almost as if someone was cutting off some of my air. I felt dazed and confused and then hubby walked into the room.

“Jodi are you alright?”  FD asked. 

He sounded like he was under water when he spoke to me. I stared at him. Instantly tears sprung into my eyes and I realized I couldn’t feel my face. All I could do is stare at my husband, tears rolling down my cheeks. I felt terrified and I thought. OMG I’m having a stroke. Then my arms and hands started to twitch…


There are a wide variety of possible symptoms of seizures, depending on what parts of the brain are involved. Many, if not all, types of seizures cause loss of awareness and some cause twitching or shaking of the body.

However, some seizures may be hard to notice because they consist of staring spells that can easily go unnoticed. Occasionally, seizures can cause temporary changes in sensation or vision.  

Sinititis can lead to loss of balance, seizures, stress, absess on the brain and even a coma and death if left untreated.

So I was taken to the hospital. I was checked out. I had an MRI and Cat scan and blood work and EEG.  Everything came back normal except the scans which told the doctor I had a seizure (my first ever) and that my sinuses are severely blocked, frontal and left side of my brain.

I had no idea this could happen. I’ve been on a waiting list for like 2 years to see a specialist. Now I have to go see another doctor to see if we can put a rush on seeing the ear, nose and throat specialist.

I’ve had problems with my sinuses since I was kid, as far back as I can remember. When I get a cold, it always lasts a long time. I get worn down easily and it’s always painful.  My sinuses has even led to me having severe Vertigo which just began again several weeks ago.

So be wary. Don’t think you are safe because it can happen to you. If your sinuses are acting up, get in and see a doctor and make sure you take care of yourself.

One thing that has helped me so far is using straight Menthol.  I put a little on a kleenex, thanks to my friend Shirley and sniff it. Using saline as well is helping some.  But for now I’m going to rest up and take it one day at a time. All I know is that it’s pretty scary when you have something happen out of the blue and all because your sinuses are blocked!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. I’ve had siezure all my life, since I was a baby, then at 15 my doctor decided to take off the siezure medicationbecause I wasn’t having siezure. Then at the age of 19 I started getting siezure again, and every since I’ve been dealing with it. So every time I get sick with my sinuses infections I get siezure, can anyone tell me what can I do, I’ve gone to my ENT Doctor and he give me antibotic, and some steroids for the sinuses inflammation.

    1. Not much other than surgery and keep your sinuses clear. It’s hard I’ve been several times to see specialist and their answers are always the same 🙁

  2. wanted to know wat medicine did u take for ur seizure n for how long…..did u get the seizure again after u were treated for sinusitis

    1. I never got them again after my sinustitis went away. I did use Nasanex prescribed by my doctor and it helped big time.

    2. wat medicine did u take for seizure n for how long…..because my son who is 16 yrs old is also having d same problem n hv been prescribed Dilantin n levetiracetam for seizure n for 2 yrs n augmenting for sinusitis for 5 days

  3. I was diagnosed with epilepsy nearly 5 years ago. I was having nocturnal seizures- maybe 6 in total over the period of a year. I had an mri with nothing showing up apart from the fact that my sinuses were really congested. My mother has always had severe sinus infections and I guess I get it from her. My epilepsy was never attributed to my sinuses even though I asked about this. I was told that if you have a tendency towards having seizures then decongestants, strong painkillers, antihistamines should be avoided. These meds. all dehydrate you which can lead to triggering a seizure. I had just had several bad colds during the year I started having seizures and was relying heavily on lemsips etc. Since my diagnosis I have avoided all meds apart from my epilepsy meds and paracetamol. I do get really awful sinus headaches now and then that make me feel physically sick. I’ve found that using the saline neti pot has helped plus using a steam inhaler. Sometimes just a hot water bottle on my face is the best thing! I’ve been seizure free for 5 years now (once I was diagnosed that was it!) and have recently come off the epilepsy meds. I still avoid all medication apart from paracetamol occasionally and look after myself to avoid triggering a seizure- making sure I get enough sleep, avoid too much stress etc. It would be interesting to see if my sinuses were actually the reason I was getting seizures as they couldn’t attribute them to anything- just ‘one of those things’! I’ve always thought that it could be this.

    1. I’m just now seeing another ear, nose and throat specialist. So I’m hoping he will confirm what the surgeon at hospital told me which was it was a sinus seizure.

  4. About two years ago I had my first seizure. Had a ct scan and they found a growth on my right side
    of my brain. I have MRI’s regularly and am now on Kepra, which since being on such had experience
    very few small seizures during the day. Did some research and am taking 500 mg time relase Niacin
    and have been doing very good, until I started having sinus issues. Now, I am experiencing small seizures again. I also think the sinus pressure is having affect with these seizures. After reading many reviews, it is becoming more evident this is a problem area. I will be calling my Neologicist today and see what he has to say about this. Still, I haven’t experienced these issues until the sinus pressures started to develop. Hope this helps some of you out there.

    1. I did get some help, no seizures anymore the pressure is gone, I used saline, cut back on smoking, lost some weight still working on it though. It’s not a fun thing to do, I hope you can get some answers Bob for your problem and wish you so the best of luck. It’s scary when you are not feeling well but have no reason to pin point why it’s happening. Thanks for commenting and sharing 🙂

  5. my mom has simple partial seizures. Has had ct scans and mri. everything is fine. It's been going on for 2 years now. However, it stopped for the winter months. She's been swearing form day 1 that it feels like it starts in her sinuses.

  6. WOW! I am stunned! I had no idea! My son just had surgery on his nose. The left side was totally blocked and he had a lot of complications because of it. I had no idea seizures could have happened. I am glad you are okay!

  7. Wow, this is really scary. Right now my teenager is bedridden because he is in agonizing pain from sinusitis. He was in to see the Doctor and was put on an antibiotic. I'll be watching him closer now.

    Hope you're on the mend!

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