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):
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
  • Low Serotonin
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Liver Congestion
  • PMS C
  • Magnesium Need
  • Lupus (SLE)

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:
poor mental clarity
partial aspartame/neotame avoidance
fatigue definitely reduced by eating
very angry/hostile disposition
menstrual headaches
frequent confusion/disorientation
unusual current rash
general fungal/yeast infections
incoherent speech
severe mid-right abdominal pain
unexplained high fevers
non-human estrogen use
... and more than 120 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
Magnesium Need 93% Confirm
Lupus (SLE) 29% Unlikely
Hypoglycemia 25% Unlikely
PMS C 4% Ruled out
Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences 2% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 0% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 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:
Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
A 'sluggish liver' often contributes to headaches.
Magnesium Requirement
Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of magnesium.
Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)
Vascular or migraine headaches occur in 10% of lupus patients.
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.
Low Melatonin Level
Migraines sufferers often are found to have reduced blood levels of melatonin.
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.
Low Female Testosterone Level
Migraines are more common among women who have very low testosterone levels.