All You Need To Know About Headaches And Their Locations

Headaches can be of different types according to their locations.

People get headaches in different parts of their head and due to different reasons. A headache in the front of your head is not caused by the same reason that gives you a headache at the back of your head or a pain in your temple. The National Headache Foundation has proved that more than 45 million American citizens suffer from headaches and out of these, 28 million suffer from migraines.

Before you find a cure to your headache, be it a temporary or a permanent cure, find out the reason behind the headache and what it actually means. It is believed that there are 150 different types of headaches and the location of the headache generally helps you find out the type of headache it could be.

The Different Locations For Different Headaches

Each type of headache has its own reason and location

Let us see what kinds of headache affect what parts of the head.

Front Of The Head

1. Migraine
2. Eye strain
3. Sinus headache
4. Tension headache
5. Dehydration headache

Temples (Side Of The Head)

1. Ice-pick headache
2. Tension headaches
3. Cervicogenic headache

Back Of The Head

1. Tension headache
2. Cervicogenic headache
3. Dehydration headache

Middle/Top Of The Head

1. Cough headache
2. Exertion headache
3. Tension headache
4. Ice-pick headache
5. Coital (intercourse) headache

On One Side Of The Head

1. Migraines
2. Cluster headache

The Different Types Of Headache

1. Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headache is felt at the back of the head.

Cervicogenic headaches are one of the most common headaches that are felt in the back of the head. This kind of headache stems from the joints at the top of the neck and thus, affects the back of the head terribly.

2. Cluster Headache

Cluster headaches are known to affect men more commonly than women. Cluster headaches are recurring headaches and they occur in groups or cycles. These headaches appear suddenly and when one gets a cluster headache, one experiences a severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head. Sometimes, the pain is also accompanied by a running nose or nasal congestion and a watery eye on the same side of the head where headache is experienced.

3. Coital Headache

Coital headaches are also known as “sexual headaches,” as they occur at the base of the skull before attaining orgasm during sexual intercourse. These headaches also occur suddenly and during intercourse, sometimes, they get worse. Coital headaches typically last for a few minutes to a few hours.

4. Dehydration Headache

Dehydration headaches may occur at the front of the head or the back of the head, and sometimes, they occur only on one side of the head or it is felt in the entire head. This kind of headache gets worse when the head is bent down or moved from side to side. In fact, simply walking can also worsen a dehydration headache and cause a lot of pain.

5. Exertion Headache

Exertion headaches occur during or after sessions of sustained and strenuous exercises. There are certain physical activities that can cause exertion headaches and these exercises can be running, swimming, rowing, weightlifting, and playing tennis.

6. Ice-Pick Headache

Ice-pick headaches are often caused by repeated pain in the temples of the head. This can be explained as a sharp pain being experienced on the sides of the head.

7. Migraine

One of the worst kind of headaches, migraines cause one side of the head to pain, and this pain can be ranged from moderate to severe. Migraine causes a throbbing pain that interferes and worsens routine life and prohibits daily activity. This pain is often accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting and the patient experiences sensitivity to light and sound.

8. Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches are also one of the most painful ones and they are a deep and constant pain in the forehead, cheekbones, and in the bridge of the nose. Other sinus symptoms such as fever, nasal discharge, fullness in the ears, and facial swelling accompany sinus headaches.

9. Tension Headache

One of the most common type of headaches, tension headaches are felt like a severe and constant pain or pressure around the entire head and generally, on both the sides of the head.

Now that you know which type of headache is felt and experienced in which part of the head, you will be better able to identify the right type of headache and take the appropriate measures.