What Your Headache is Telling You
You can’t focus during a meeting, you dread picking the kids up after school and your date night sounds awful. Headaches are interfering with your life. ADVENT is here to explain what the location of your headache is telling you and what you can do to finally find some relief.
What Exactly is a Headache?
A headache occurs when the pain-sensitive structures in your head are stimulated by over-activity or underlying disease.
While there is a myriad of reasons for a headache, here’s what the location of your headache is telling you:
Top of the Head
Headaches that occur at the top of the head are typically a result of tension headaches, which are the most common. Associated with a dull pain, tightness or constant pressure around the head, they are triggered by things like a change in diet, poor sleeping habits, activity or stress.
Back of the Head
Back-of-the-head headaches are also a source of tension headaches, especially if you’re experiencing neck or spinal muscle spasms. Headaches in the back of the head may also be a result of poor posture.
Side of the Head
Pain on the side of the head is a good indicator of a migraine. Migraines are triggered by hormones, diet, caffeine or stress. If the pain is severe and continues on a daily or weekly basis, it may be a result of a cluster headache, which is commonly associated with allergies or stress.
Side-of-the-head headaches are also brought on by tension headaches, inducing pressure and pain.
Behind the Eye
Headaches that occur behind the eye are another sign of migraine. If you’re experiencing pain behind both eyes, it may be a symptom of infection in the Ethmoid or Sphenoid sinus cavity - a sign you may need more than medication to find relief.
If you’re experiencing a headache located in the forehead, it may be another sign of a tension headache. If the pain is only affecting one side of the forehead it may be an indicator of a migraine or cluster headache. Forehead headaches are also commonly caused by infection of the Frontal sinus. Frequent headaches in this area are a sign you may need more than medication to find relief.
Treating Your Headaches
Treatment for your headache depends on the type of headache you’re experiencing and can vary anywhere between over-the-counter medications, hot or cold compresses and sleep, to prescription medications. If you are experiencing temporary or constant headaches, please consult with a medical professional.