Posts tagged ‘sinuses’

September 3, 2014

Head Aches and Head Issues #5: What Caused It?

Ice Cream Headache? by Citizen 4474 via Flickr Copyright Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Now that we’ve covered when not to image the head in case of aches, and what we do to image the head in case of aches… let’s talk about what causes those aches.


The biggest fear people have with overwhelming cranial pain is the dreaded T-word. In the vast majority of cases, relax – it’s not a tumor!


Instead, the list of causes can be quite long, which means there are many ways of handling pain before jumping into fear-mode. Which of the following common issues can cause headaches?


  • migraines
  • tension headaches
  • stress
  • exercise/sex
  • sinusitis
  • dehydration
  • infections – ear or brain (meningitis)
  • dental problems/TMJ issues
  • blood in the brain (from aneurysm or other bleed, or from trauma)
  • post-concussion


Answer? All of the above. So before you let your mind wander to a scary place, relax and know that your doctor can help you narrow down the cause of your headache. The treatment may be as simple as hydration by drinking some water, taking allergy medicine to open your sinuses, or perhaps a little deep breathing or meditation to manage stress. You might be surprised to find a little relief is just around the corner from all that racket in your skull. Talk to your healthcare provider about your headache and they can help guide you to potential treatments.


To learn more about the long list of potential causes of headaches and what can be done about them, check out great information from the Mayo Clinic, here.



(Image credit: Ice Cream Headache? by Citizen 4474 via Flickr Copyright Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))


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July 25, 2013

What different types of sinuses are there? – Dr. Greg Reuter

July 18, 2013

What are the parts of the sinuses? – Dr. Greg Reuter

July 9, 2013

Introducing Dr. Greg Reuter…

Dr. Greg Reuter with CFCA-sponsored child, Irma [Photo credit: Maureen Reuter]

Dr. Greg Reuter with CFCA-sponsored child, Irma [Photo credit: Maureen Reuter]

Before we bring you the video series on neuroradiology and sinuses, we’d like to introduce our very own neuroradiologist, Dr. Greg Reuter. We are thrilled to have Dr. Reuter on our team because of his amazing skill set, his personable demeanor and his general greatness.

A lover of problem-solving, his path in radiology led him to study in detail the brain and central nervous system. If there are intricate details involved, his curiosity is piqued. He’s living his dream job – and he even has a fancy resume to show for it, but we won’t brag about all of that here. (That’s what this page is for.) He is a board certified radiologist who also has achieved a CAQ (Certificate of Added Qualification) in Neuroradiology.

Naturally oriented toward happiness, Dr. Reuter is as glad to be in the sunshine of the Midwestern flatlands where he lives as he is to be hiking in the mountains of Colorado where he grew up. He’s also the proud father of four boys and a dog (also a boy); his wife kindly lives with an overwhelming amount of male energy in the house.

You will find Dr. Reuter to be as interesting as he is kind. He re-oriented his career early on from an engineering track to medicine on the advice of his dentist (yes, you read that correctly). His idea of “taking a vacation” can include volunteering in another country with some very good people. Though he is someone who loves complexity, it is easy to simply just like him.

In the coming installment of videos on the sinuses, Dr. Reuter will take on some big words with some straightforward language. We hope you find it as educational and interesting as we do.