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.

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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
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Low Estrogens
  • Low Progesterone
  • Allergic Tension
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • 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:
being blind or nearly blind
short-term memory failure
often/always feeling unusually cold
severe allergies to certain foods
high low-calorie soda consumption
major fatigue for 3-12 months
fatigue after slight exertion
occasional unexplained nausea
having a CFS diagnosis
irritability related to cycle
green tea consumption
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
... and more than 130 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
Allergic Tension 98% Confirm
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 24% Unlikely
Vitamin A Toxicity 13% Unlikely
Low Estrogens 3% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 2% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 2% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 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 chronic 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, forehead (front of head)
→ Yes, temples (flat area on each side of forehead)
→ 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.]

Dehydration

Dehydration is an important trigger of migraines and tension headaches.  The mechanisms are not entirely clear, but there appear to be several.  Dehydration leads to:

  • Narrowed blood vessels including those in the brain: A contributing factor for headaches
  • Histamine release to induce thirst: Histamine can trigger migraines
  • Decreased serotonin production: Changes in serotonin levels can trigger migraines
  • Oxidative stress: A major trigger of migraines [Dr. Jonathan M. Borkum, Headache, Vol. 58, Issue 1, January 2018: pp.118-35]
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.

Magnesium Requirement

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

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