Headache Locations: What Do They Mean?

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What 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.

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

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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Headache Definitions

Cervicogenic headaches, one of the most common headache causes in the back of head, stems from the joints at the top of the neck.

Cluster headaches, which affect more men than women, are recurring headaches that occur in…