Location Of Headaches

What Causes Headache Location?

Headache location can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose headache location, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "headache location" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Low Melatonin
  • Low Progesterone
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Magnesium Need
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Food Allergies
  • Hypoglycemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
diuretic use
hair loss on lower legs
regular rashes
difficulty conceiving children
suspected adrenal insufficiency
severe vision disturbances
high refined sugar consumption
depression with anxiety
leg cramps caused by walking
shortness of breath when at rest
hot flashes during period
being postmenopausal
... and more than 160 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of headache location:
Cause Probability Status
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 92% Confirm
Food Allergies 28% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 30% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 4% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 3% Ruled out
Low Melatonin 0% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Vitamin A Toxicity 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having headaches, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your headaches tend to be in the same location?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, front of head
→ Yes, temples
→ Yes, back of the head
→ Yes, middle of the head
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate front-of-head headaches, temple-based headaches, rear-of-head headaches or middle-of-head headaches, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Migraine/Tension Headaches

Migraine/Tension Headaches also suggests the following possibilities:

Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

Double-blind studies have demonstrated that aspartame causes headaches.  [Headache 1988:28(1) pp.10-14, Biological Psychiatry 1993:34(1) pp.13-17, Neurology 1994:44 pp.1787-93.]

Environmental Illness / MCS

Central nervous system dysfunction is common, resulting in headaches, chronic fatigue, poor short term memory, hyperactivity, and increased appetite leading to food cravings and overeating.

Estrogens Low

Women must first be exposed to elevated estrogen levels before low estrogen levels will trigger headache activity.  Constant low levels of estrogen, as in menopause, are less likely to be associated with increased headache pattern.

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

A 'sluggish liver' often contributes to headaches.

Low Female Testosterone Level

Migraines are more common among women who have very low testosterone levels.

Low Melatonin Level

Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of melatonin.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)

Vascular or migraine headaches occur in 10% of lupus patients.

Magnesium Requirement

Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of magnesium.