What causes a headache in your temples?

Headaches happen to the best of us, and yet we still quake in fear every time that familiar thudding starts. But what truly triggers these temple twinges? Why does it feel like there’s an entire marching band pounding right between our eyebrows? Let’s take a closer look at what causes headaches in your temples, and more importantly – how to give them the boot (not literally, please).

First Things First: A Quick Test on Your Pain Tolerance Level

Before we dive into the gritty bits of headaches, let’s check if you can tolerate pain like Jean-Claude Van Damme or scream like a newborn kitten just by using this simple test:

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Pinch your skin as hard as possible for three seconds
  3. Now rate the intensity from one to ten

Done? Now here are some interpretations:

  • One or two means you’re probably Chuck Norris.
  • Three to five is average – keep up!
  • If you rated six, well then Mama must have raised a tough cookie.
  • Seven or eight means you’re pretty sensitive so be careful with Grandma’s hugs
  • Nine or ten – you’re either lying or really exaggerating, which I’m afraid won’t help much when trying to identify headache symptoms.

Moving on! Perhaps it helps if we first define headache before jumping headfirst (pun intended) into its tentative triggers.

Defining Headache

In short terms, headache is simply described as pain felt anywhere in any part of the head; minor frustrations caused by work presentations that were messed up due to poor internet connection don’t count.

There are many different types of headaches (more than 150 defined variations according to medical jargon), but most people experience one type more frequently than others.

Types of Headaches Commonly Encountered

Here are some of the usual suspects that we’ve come to know and loath:

  1. Tension Headache
  2. Migraine Headache
  3. Cluster Headaches

All of these headaches can occur in the temples, so let’s break them down further.

The Role of Your Temples

Your temples are located just above your jawbone on either side of your forehead – basically where you would find Anthony Davis’s unibrow if it only grew right between his eyebrows.

We often use our temporalis muscles (the ones responsible for chewing) when clenching or biting, which is why tension headaches tend to target this muscle group.

Tension Headache: Stress at Its Finest

Tension headache (pro tip: triggers: stress, injury & postures) – also known as a ‘typical headache’ because it feels like there’s a tight band wrapped around your head like an invisible turban- is one everyone has had at least once in their lifetime.

It occurs when specific physical triggers or emotional stresses cause over-activity/muscle spasms in facial, neck and scalp muscles – specifically those connective tissues attached to nerves resulting from skeletal imbalance caused by poor posture.

How do you know if you have one?

If you’re experiencing teary eyes while still managing to work on Excel IOI formulas without tearing up in frustration? Congratulations! You probably have your first ever tension headache!

Some signs include:

  • Forehead pain
  • Neck tensions/stiffness
  • Scalp tenderness
  • Sensitivity to light/noise

Now here’s what not many people realize:

Not all tension headaches feel alike. While mild pressure-like burdens’ intensity might increase gradually throughout the day more unpleasant sensations could last twice longer (why didn’t anyone tell me earlier?) including migraines..

Migraine Headaches: “It’s Not a Tumor, It’s Just My Brain”

You know that unbearable feeling that you’re better off being in death bed than exisitng just for the sake of only having to feel pain? That, my friends is migraines (triggers : stress, weather change & genetic predisposition).

Just like Arnie said in “Kindergarten Cop”- it’s not a tumor… but an illness in which genetics and environmental factors affects your brain stem. .So nope you can’t cure migraines with Netflix and chill.

A typical migraine lasts for several days at most on one side of the head (usually there’s not enough room to have both sides hurting) and often occurs along with other symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light/sound/smell/touch. Basically all our senses are working against us!

In fact according to medics, sometimes known as skilled professionals –eye roll– people might mistake their early stages for common sinus pain because they share nasal congestion!

Cluster Headaches: The One Who Comes & Goes Like a Thief

Imagine waking up before dawn every day knowing that your temple may start throbbing intensely within minutes after opening those greenish/gray shades curtain aside.

That’s cluster headaches ( triggers: Hormonal imbalances & substance abuse) – Also referred as Bing-Horton or Alarm clock-like headache characterised by excruciating pains beginning behind eye or symmetrical facial sensations coming without prior warnings…

It gets worse..

Each ‘cluster’ attack title could last anywhere from weeks upwards while still giving patients short breaks leading many folks referring this kind of headache as ‘suicide disease’.

Exotic Exercise For Our Heads

The good news?

Depending on what caused your specific type of headache we’ve prepared some ‘no need to thank me’ exercises you can try at home or in the office to improve your condition. (pro tip: unless noted, don’t worry if no one is watching)

Tension Headache Exercises To Relieve Temple Pressure

  1. Shoulder shrugs: Take it easy by Shrugging your shoulders up and down to help relieve neck tension.
  2. Side-to-side Neck Stretches: Gently ease your ear toward each shoulder stretching out the side of the neck
  3. Any yoga experts here? Okay give yourself a stretch by doing ‘Child Pose’

Why not add some serenity with low lighting and essentials oils? Massage could be an additional advantage.

Migraine Symptoms: Dos & Don’ts

We all know that making changes in our lifestyle isn’t always an easy ask so why not take baby steps?

Here are simple suggestions to achieve optimal migraine prevention:

  • Light exercise
  • Drinking plenty of water (this takes self control)
  • Reducing stress through meditation/founders rebirthing…
  • Finding ways to get enough sleep

I mean who needs caffeine anyway, right?

Next thing we oughtta scrutinize…

Final Words

Headaches are never pleasant but they don’t have to hold us hostage for extended periods of time.

By learning more about what triggers different types of headaches, trying potential solutions and even seeking professional advice from MD’s or other reputable sources– we’re on our way defeating this debilitating problem.

So next time you feel that temple throb coming on, try changing up your perspective – it’s just another opportunity to train those puny temporalis muscles 😀

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