How many people have headaches?
Headache is a common symptom that can be caused more than 200 different medical problems (see this link). Some causes are very visible (like brain tumors), but the most common causes like migraine and tension type headache are not visible on available imaging. Tension type headache is the most common type of headache but it is less disabling than migraine.
How common is migraine?
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world after dental caries and tension type headache. People usually do not know this.
- 12% of people
- 15% of women
- 8% of men
- 10% of children
- 25% of Canadian households
- 1-2% of the population live with chronic migraine, the severe type
So if you live with migraine, you are definitely not alone. If you are in a room with 100 random people, 11 others will have migraine, at different severity levels.
How common are other types of headaches?
|30 to 80% over the lifetime|
20% of people overall at any given time
|2/1000 (probably more)|
For comparison, prevalences of other well-known diseases
|1% (probably more)|
Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 354 diseases and injuries for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet. 2018;392(10159):1789-858.