Common types of headache and what causes them

The condition is among the most disabling the world over — leaving sufferers of severe headaches unable to go about their lives for days or weeks at a time.

A headache produces pain felt around the head, but how severe the pain is depends on what type of headache you have.

There's more than 100, but some are far more common than others — especially tension-type headaches and migraines.

Tension-type headaches

Tension-type headaches are the most common form of headache — up to 30 per cent of the population will experience one each year.

Headaches, what's causing them?

A headache is one of the most common health-related conditions globally and it is likely all of us will experience a headache in their lifetime. People of any age can be affected, but people between the ages of 25 and 44 years are more likely to report having a headache.

Most headaches have more than one contributing factor. Some of the more common triggers for a headache are lifestyle-related, such as poor diet, stress, muscle tension, and lack of physical activity and pain can range from mild to severe.