Common Causes of Temple Pressure

Suffering from pressure in temples? Here’s where the pressure is coming from, and how to fix it. Nothing is worse than when you have pain in your head that won’t go away.

While most of the time it’s a type of a headache, it can also be a sign that something else is going on and needs to be looked at by a doctor.

Temple pressure can range from a simple tension headache that can be alleviated by massaging your pressure points to a more debilitating headache with a migraine.

It’s uncomfortable in either instance, and you want it to stop. Understanding what the pressure on your temple means can help you find a cure to the pain so you can end the discomfort.

Let’s take a look at some of the causes of temple pressure, so you can recognize these symptoms in yourself.

Tension Headaches

Your last headache? It was probably a tension headache, as they’re the most common. That doesn’t mean they aren’t painful.

Pain typically starts on both sides of your temple, and it can feel as though someone is squeezing or pressing on the sides of you head.

Pain can also extend to the back of your neck, making the muscles at the back of your head and neck sensitive to the touch.

Temple Pressure

When you have a tension headache, you may have blurry vision but not the other symptoms that are present with a migraine headache, such as vomiting or sensitivity to light.

It is a painful headache no doubt, just not quite as debilitating. Massaging your temples or the muscles in your neck can help alleviate any pain and pressure on your temples.

These headaches are temporary and typically go away after a short period of time. A pain reliever can help.

Migraine Headaches

Have you experienced a migraine before? If so – we’re sorry. You’re not alone.

Migraine headaches can be severely painful, and they affect more men and women than you might think.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, 36 million Americans have migraines.

They are debilitating and have a variety of symptoms that affect those that get them.


MigrainesThe symptoms can be severe, with pounding pain on the temple. Pain can also be felt behind the eye and cause sensitivity to light, sound and movement.

People that experience migraines also report nausea and vomiting as symptoms. This is in addition to dizziness and difficulty moving around or talking to others.

If you have the symptoms of a migraine, you should make an appointment with a doctor to be evaluated and have these headaches diagnosed. They can provide medications that will prevent and stop migraines from occurring.

TMJ Headaches

An issue that occurs with your temporomandibular joint (better known as TMJ) can create headaches in your temple.

TMJ affects your mouth and jaw joint and can present itself as pain in your head. While no one is quite sure what causes TMJ, dentists have suggested it comes from the muscles in the jaw joint.

It can be caused by grinding your teeth, stress, arthritis or jaw joint issues. A dentist can diagnose TMJ and provide you with some options to ease the pain.

A dentist will most likely take X-rays of your temporomandibular joint. If your TMJ looks severe, he or she will refer you to an oral surgeon.

Concussion Headaches

When you get a head injury that causes a concussion, you will certainly have a headache at your temple.

A concussion can produce scary symptoms, such as altered speech and balance, confusion and memory problems.

Headaches as minor as a temple headache can occur with a concussion or can be more extreme, like a migraine. In either case, pain relievers can be used to reduce and eliminate the pain.

The headaches should only be temporary and disappear as the concussion goes away. It typically takes about three months to alleviate the pain.

Headaches From Tumors

When you have pain in your head that keeps occurring, it could be a sign of a brain tumor.

This will create pressure inside the brain that causes pain, as well as symptoms such as vomiting, vision problems, and unsteady balance.

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A headache from a tumor typically won’t go away with the usual remedies, such as pain relievers or massage.

You may also have other symptoms including seizures, memory problems, or smelling things that aren’t there.

If you are experiencing these symptoms in relation with a headache that won’t go away, seek medical attention ASAP.

Keep in mind that most headaches are not associated with tumors, but you should still be aware that it can be a cause.

Headaches From Hemorrhages

If you happen to get a painful headache along with a stiff neck, it may be indicating that you are having a brain hemorrhage and should get medical attention.

While this is a rare occurrence, it can happen if you have a head injury, high blood pressure, liver disease, brain tumors or an aneurysm.

Symptoms to look for (along with a severe headache that comes on quickly) are seizures, vomiting, numbness or loss of balance.

If you exhibit these symptoms you need to get immediate medical assistance, as this is a life-threatening condition.

Headaches From Meningitis

Another sign of headaches is meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord caused by an infection.

Meningitis is an extremely contagious illness that typically presents itself as a headache with a stiff neck and a fever. You may also have vomiting and seizures.

Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics, while viral meningitis is more like a cold and is treated with fever and cold medicine.

It typically clears itself in about two weeks. Meningitis can be prevented with immunizations.


While a pain in your temple can be a signal that several things are going on in your head and body, it most likely is a temple headache that can be alleviated with massage or pain relievers.

If you notice signs that you have something more serious going on, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor and discuss the symptoms.

Knowing what your temple pressure means can help you find the correct diagnosis for your head pain and stop it altogether.

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  • I have pressure on both of my temples. I also have a loud buzz/ ringing in my ears. It feels like it’s in my whole head. I do have a sinus infection on the right side and have had for two years. I had a CAT scan that showed no infection. The DR gave me a nasal spray that did no good. This pressure and the buzzing is driving me nutz! Would sesame seed oil help?

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