While it is common knowledge that different types of headaches have their own set of symptoms and triggers, not many know that headaches have specific locations too. Tension headaches, for instance, can affect the whole head. Whereas sinus or cluster headaches affect a more specific area. If you can identify the area of your head that hurts every time you get a headache, you can use this information to work out the cause of your headache and then administer immediate relief.
Here’s a list of different types of headaches and their most common locations.
Cluster headaches tend to strike at night in the form of a burning or stabbing pain over one eye or temple. A cluster headache is usually an excruciating pain that lasts from a few minutes to a few hours. Watery eyes, a blocked nose and sweating are other common symptoms that accompany a cluster headache.
Migraines are more common than we think. Did you know that one in seven people suffer from these headaches? Migraine attacks are usually characterized by moderate to severe pain on one side of the head. Additionally, blurred vision, lightheadedness and nausea are common symptoms of a migraine.
Sinus headaches occur when the sinuses become inflamed due to an allergy or an infection. Sinus headaches are so painful that they are often mistaken for migraines. However, a sinus headache usually strikes in the forehead or cheeks. It is often accompanied by symptoms like fever, an aching ear or yellow or green discharge from the nose.
Tension headaches aren’t just the most common type of headaches, they are also very painful. They are characterized by a dull, aching pain on both sides of the head. Several adults suffer from chronic tension headaches. A feeling of pressure behind the eyes, tender neck or shoulder muscles and a sensation of tightness at the back of the head are other common symptoms of tension headaches.
Giant Cell Arteritis (GAC) isn’t heard of because it’s not very common. It is a type of headache that occurs when the arteries in your head or neck become inflamed. GAC is characterized by a sudden pain in the temples, at the top of your head or behind your eyes. Other common symptoms of a GAC headache include a sore scalp, weight loss and jaw pain.