What causes headaches? - Dan Kwartler

Published on Apr 12, 2018
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In ancient Greece, the best-known remedy for a long-standing headache was to drill a small hole in the skull to drain supposedly infected blood. Fortunately, doctors today don’t resort to power tools to cure headaches, but we still have a lot to learn about this ancient ailment. Dan Kwartler shares what we know (and don't know) about headaches.
Lesson by Dan Kwartler, animation by Sharon Colman.
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  • Thanks SO MUCH THIS HAPPENS All THE TIME!

  • Please post a video about the nitrogen cycle.

  • Can you explain Psyducks headache that turns into psychic powers?

  • Greeks have no common sense....

  • What causes headaches? Anoxia The blood vessels become narrower and the brain does not get oxygen.

  • When I was almost facing my second major exam last year, I got tension headache everyday.

  • Who else got a headache while watching this?

  • why the animated guy has nose where his ear should be????

  • A lack of sleep causes headache

  • Ugh, headaches are the worst.

  • Hnnngh I want to watch this video to learn more about where headaches come from, but as someone who gets regular migraines, just hearing "headache" is enough to induce one for me. Still seems like a good video so far though!

  • Strange but got a headache after watching this video. But great video!

  • this gives me headaches

  • When u feel like ur is blasting with pain but u decided to watch the video anyways

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an excellent book. Migraines can last longer than 3 days. My longest one was 6 days, and I've had several last 4 or 5 days as well.

  • i had a headache for over a week, i couldn't even function anymore I just wanted it to end. turns out i must've been super dehydrated, everytime i drank water i felt nauseous, so i was avoiding it. might've had a stomach virus, will never know because i didnt go to the doctor. i'm too broke to go to the doctor but luckily is finally gone.

  • Hypothesis: The cause of primary headaches is related to mental health (the sort that varies with time for every single person), not just some infectious disease or built in physical dysfunction.

  • excellent, I've known my headache type and how to avoid it

  • Who else got a headache watching this?

  • 90% + of all headaches come from the NECK!

  • I don't get headache or maybe rarely. I think I don't get headache is it normal. Well my head hurts if it bumps to something but I don't count them. So...

  • I get headache almost everyday😐

  • That was hilarious.

  • I rarely get headaches, but when I do, they intensify with certain head positions. I classify them as sinus headaches and take Sudafed and ibuprofen which usually knock it out. I never experience any facial swelling or facial pain with them though... Does anyone have any idea if these are truly sinus headaches?

  • Well... TED_ED is getting boring day by day

  • Too much of stress and tension in today's world is the main reason for more people getting headache. But Thank God I don't belong to the Ancient Greece or I would have had several holes on my head.

  • I have a headache right now because of my period. Fuuuuuun.

  • Actually in some countries (like mine) there are abortive medication, 'regular medication' and preventive medication for both cluster and migraine. Cluster headache is typically treated using oxygenation and prevented by using non-dihydropyridine calcium canal blocker while Migraine is aborted by using -triptan drugs and some doctors preferred using Beta blockers to prevent migraine. However, the usage of over-the-counter analgesics are useful too in some patients.

  • throwing in fortnite

  • This video :(

  • in our Land, (java) its called... ngelu, meriang...

  • im 21 have only experienced a headache once or twice. First time when I had a concussion, however, second was dehydration. Other than that confused as to how they happen or even what they feel like.

  • Do a video on hiccups

  • Wow this was painful to watch. I got a headache just from this video.

  • migraines can last longer than three days try a month if your head is particularly messed up

  • I used to get migraines that lasted anywhere from 12-48 hours. So painful that it would lead me to tossing and turning laying on the couch. Praying for it to go away. It would often lead to me throwing up multiple times throughout the night. I used to get these once or twice a month. After 4 years of these I started to go to a chiropractor and about 2-3 months in of going twice a week. I started to see my migraines be less frequent. Today I havent had one in since i dont even know. Doctors do not like chiropractors because they do not fully understand them, but they do help. If you suffer from migraines trust me go see a chiropractor. They are expensive but its worth it. Ill never forget that feeling of pain.

  • And don't forget the Avatar the last Airbender headache!

  • Assholes n bitches.

  • Anyone else watching this with a headache

  • Bacon is the cause. Quote me now and quote me later. ; - )

  • It's called demons

  • Nice short clip Ted Ed , though I think that a notification should be written at the beginning of the Clip. at min 4 , there are a lot of flashy screen colors which might trigger seizures in some people

  • 4:00 epileptics beware

  • i hit my head when i get headaches

  • I swear my phone can hear me because I have a headache right now then I came on US-tv and scrolled down and found this in my recommendation 😂

  • I have the first 2 primary headaches they really hurt😭

  • What causes headaches: explaining how gun control doesn't work to liberals.

  • Liberals.

  • 1:23 A man with headaches caused by ovaries?! That's definitely new...

  • Migraine headaches? I hear ya.

  • Thank you

  • People not minding their own business.

  • For me personally, I get cluster headaches very rarely, but when I do it's usually from a very abnormal sleep schedule combined with lack of sleep. I'll go to be one at 8:00pm then the next day at 2:00am while waking up at the same time which is usually 7:00am. Stress from work may have contributed to it, but stress on it's own will not give me a cluster headache. I can see why it would be hard to pinpoint though since diet, weird sleeping position, and exercise can also play a role. I would have to say the quality and length of sleep is the biggest factor since your brain needs that time in order to remove "toxins" and if those "toxins" pile up enough then they cause inflammation in other areas of the brain? I'm not a scientist or doctor, but that would be my educated guess based off of personal experience and a tiny amount of research.

  • At some point I stopped paying attention, because I was so intrigued with the side-facing-noses

  • Republicans.

  • When I had migraine. It feel like my head is going to explode

  • Daaah the animations are sho cute.

  • Im expecting girls as an answer.

  • 0:31 😂😂

  • I actually used to (might come back ) have migraines to where I would throw up and get light headed and after I took any sort of pill to relive pain or swelling I just threw that up aswell , happens once a month and stopped unusually a couple months ago .

  • Women

  • One common cause is watching Ted Ed for to long

  • Causes of Headaches for me: - Not breathing while deepthroating. - Reading in the bed. - Not drinking enough water. - Straining hard while pooping. - Laughing too hard and for too long.

  • I’m watching this while I have a headache. Thanks.

  • Excellent sir

  • Ted Ed Do you love me?

  • I vomit when I have migraines. Is that normal?

  • POS democunts,, and liberals, mainly

  • Hoe’n Hoe’s cause headaches!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Liberals do.

  • 1:24 this mans headache was caused by a vagana?

  • Answer: family

  • I some times never get headache

  • Wow, so i had migranes with aura and clusters and i didn't even know ;(((

  • I used to have weekly 2 day long migraines for about 3 months when i was 16. The vomiting caused by the sensory overload was the worst tbh. Many people have no idea how serious and painful migraines are, they just think they're "more painful headaches".

  • What causes headache? Libertards Feminazi Women

  • Coffee

  • WOMEN!

  • Absolutely outstanding information

  • Audible: aka loudest & worst US-tv ad for headphone users.

  • Why would I waste six minutes on this. MEN. Final answer!!!

  • Weekends.

  • If making a hole in the skull is a good enough cure for a headache for Zeus, no wonder the Ancient Greeks were down for it. He just straight up took an axe to the forehead for it

  • Magnesium powder in your water keep people headache almost free. The magnesium is missing in the diet. Try this when you feel a headache coming towards you. A teaspoon in a 8oz bottled water. CALM POWDER. THE DOCTOR USUALLY DOESNT TEACH YOU NUTRITION.

  • ITS NOT A TUMA!!!!

  • My reason was cancer. Lucky me got it found, and I had brain surgery years ago at 15. I’m 24 now. No fun.

  • Explanation is so fast with all the jargon

  • This video gave me a headahe

  • John 3:16 King James Version (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  • I get all three of the primary headaches, and none of my neurologists can help or figure it out. It’s a huge question mark in my life. It sucks.

  • My parents are the cause of mine.

  • Am I the only one whose head started ache while watching the video?

  • *looks at title* annoying people. P.S thank you ted ed you are amazing. Your smarts help me grow. I am blessed you exist.

  • About migraine, i once heard in a documentary that consuming milk products of any kind, COULD cause migraine. A special clinic, idk in swiss, is researching that and they dont really have a definite proof, but their theorising about the influence of cow-growing-hormones in the mother milk. They say our human grown out body doesn't react well to that kind of hormone thats supposed to be for cow babys. As i said, there is no real proof because their studys are too low scale or something , but in this film, there were people asked to deny the use of milk products (everything: means, cheese, bread, cake etc., chocolate) for two weeks or so, completely! And many of them said the migraine was gone. Sooo, in case some people here have strong migraines and you dont have a fix and the doctors cant help either, maybe you may try this?

  • I would have so many holes in my head then because I have severe migraines

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  • I don't wanna watch the whole video I'm really afraid of getting a headache .

  • Never used to get migranes as a kid, my twin did badly now I like die from them