There are many different types of headaches. They can occur in different areas on your head, and each area can indicate a different type of headache and cause. Trying to decipher what kind of headache you have can be a headache in itself! We hope this information helps to clear things up.
Front and Center: Tension Headaches
A headache over your forehead often indicates a tension headache. It can feel like a tight band squeezing around your head. Stress, being in certain postures for long periods of time, and even caffeine withdrawal can contribute to this type of headache.
The Temples: Migraines
Pain over your temple that is throbbing could be a migraine. Before the migraine begins, it can start with visual disturbances called auras (although not everyone that suffers from migraines gets auras). Factors such as specific foods, lack of water, caffeine, changes in routine, sleep and hormones are some potential triggers of migraines.
Around the Eye: Cluster Headaches
Cluster headaches, as the name suggests, tend to cluster around one side of the head, usually near the eye. This intense, stabbing pain often comes in “clusters” – a series of severe headaches with relatively pain-free intervals in between.
Back of the Head: Cervicogenic Headaches
Ever experienced a headache at the back of your head? It could be a cervicogenic headache. These can be linked to muscle tension, neck issues, or even nerve compression. Pay attention to the back of your head; it might be trying to tell you something about your posture, or neck health.
Over Your Forehead and Cheeks: Sinus Headache
Sinus headaches, as the name implies, can often be felt around the sinus areas – the forehead, cheeks, and bridge of the nose. If you’ve ever felt a dull, constant ache in these regions, it might indicate a sinus issue. Allergies, infections, or irritants can cause this.
We hope this gives you a better understanding of the different types of headaches, so the next time you feel a headache coming on, consider it a gentle nudge to pay attention to your well-being! Maybe you need to book that appointment with your GP or Osteopath, perhaps you need to look into getting a new pillow, or maybe you need to start a regular stretching routine to help reduce neck tightness.
Please note that these are some common types of headaches. There are other types of headaches not listed in this article. If you are experiencing a new type of headache that you haven’t experienced in the past, visual disturbances, changes in hearing or ringing in your ears, numbness or tingling and/or dizziness please seek medical attention.