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Headache Locations: Where Do You Hurt and Why?

You may suffer from frequent headaches and migraines, but where is the location of your pain?

A headache in the front of your head may be caused by something different from a pain on the right side, or back of the head.

What’s Really Going On?

There are several types of headaches; In fact, according to WebMD, there are 150 different types of headaches.

You can generally determine what type of headache you have depending on where exactly the pain is:

Front of Your Head

  • Tension headache
  • Migraine
  • Eye strain
  • Sinus headache
  • Dehydration headache

Temples (side of your head)

  • Tension headaches
  • Ice-pick headache
  • Cervicogenic headache

Back of your Head

  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Tension headache
  • Dehydration headache


  • Tension-type headache
  • Ice pick headache
  • Cough headache
  • Exertion headache

One Side

  • Migraines
  • Cluster headaches
  • Headache Definitions

TMJ-Related Headaches

Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we treat headaches and migraines that are caused by bite-force misalignments and/or TMJ disorders.

When you have a headache, you might not think your jaw could be the cause, but, the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, could be the culprit.

There are many different kinds of headaches, but TMJ headaches typically occur with other symptoms. These can include:

  • tight facial or jaw muscles
  • jaw or facial pain
  • a “clicking” noise in the jaw
  • restricted movement of the jaw
  • changes in your bite (that is, the way your top and bottom teeth fit together)

TMJ headaches also often recur in one or more regions of the head and face or can feel like tension headaches.

Treating TMJ Disorders at Pasadena Pain Management

TMJ headaches are uncomfortable but can be treated effectively under the right care. If you think you may be experiencing TMJ headaches, talk with us about your symptoms as well as things you’ve already tried to alleviate the pain, even if they haven’t been effective.

If the cause is your TMJ, treatments aiming at the root cause can help ease headache pain and allow you to take precautions to prevent future headaches.

About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.