Headache Locations: What Do They Mean?

    A mother with a headache, two children fighting in the backgroundWhat does the location of your headache mean? A headache in the front of your head may be caused by something different that a pain in your temples. Or in the back of your head. Or right in the middle.

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    According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from headaches and of these, 28 million suffer from migraines.

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    What Does Your Headache Really Mean?

    There are several types of headaches; in fact, according to WebMD, there are 150 different types of headaches. You can generally determine what type of headache you have depending on where exactly the pain is:

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    Front of your Head

    • Tension headache
    • Migraine
    • Eye strain
    • Sinus headache
    • Dehydration headache

    Temples (side of your head)

    • Tension headaches
    • Ice-pick headache
    • Cervicogenic headache

    Back of your Head

    • Cervicogenic headache
    • Tension headache
    • Dehydration headache


    • Tension-type headache
    • Ice pick headache
    • Cough headache
    • Exertion headache
    • Coital (intercourse) headache

    One Side

    • Migraines
    • Cluster headaches

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