Location is a good starting point, however more detail is needed to truly assess what kind of headache it is, e.g. migraines, cluster or tension headaches. Here is a general outline.
- Classical Type (Has AURA) or Common (No AURA)
- Can last from 4 – 72 hours
- Triggered by Light, Sound or Smells
- Moderate to SEVERE
- Always Unilateral, if it presents on both sides of the head, its typically not considered a migraine
- Generally occurs in Periorbital to Temporal Regions
- Associated with tearing, red eyes and stuffy nose
- Shorter duration (15 mins – 4 hours)
- Can be triggered by sleep changes or barometric changes
- Occur many times a day → hence called Cluster Headaches
- Can last from 30 minutes – 7 days
- No pulsations
- Mild analgesics generally provide relief in these headaches
- Aren’t associated with light, sound or smells
That its not just location but the presentation of the headache that helps to classify what kind of headache it is.