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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    • ted-ed. I would like to get in touch with you somehow because I possess the ability to think my headaches away. I can show you this on brain scan for proof and I am 100% willing to prove it.

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    • When my head starts paining... My mouth produces thin saliva And for me the best medicine for headaches is to vomit out !!!!

    • This really helps me in becoming a nurse 😺😺😺😹😹😹😹🐶

  • Jeez if I could take one thing away from life I would choose head aches

  • All of those happend were me watching too much videos or gaming, or just not going to the bathroom in time

  • Waste 5 minutes and 31 seconds of life on an undefined answer

  • This was painful to watch

  • What is a headache? It’s a head’s ache.

  • locations of headache may be helpful in diagnosis of disease you can find more information on my channel

  • Just when i was about to put my phone down because of a headache caused by watching too much youtube this shows up on my recs

  • war causes headaches

  • Who else have headache that can't be described??

  • My wife.

  • RIP 2018 Happy new year

  • Smoke weed when you have a headache.

  • If inflation is the cause of headaches than take a cold shower

  • 95% of comments: " who else has a headache watching this video?" 5% of comments: questions and random 💩

  • Salute to scientists

  • Excessive use of laptop and Mobile phones also causes headaches

  • I suffer from chronic migraines they usually cause me to vomit

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  • Does anyone started having headache watching this video

  • I see colours all the time from birth without any headache

  • Watching this because i'm having a headache

  • Line to the left... Line to the right

  • I'm so glad I was born in this era. Or they would have put so many holes in my head, I'd have nothing but an peanut left up there.

  • I watched this video and I have a headache

  • Hello i posh pear what to you doing

  • I realized I have a tension headache

  • *when you watch this with a headache* I have a tension headache

  • Please tell how to cure headache.

  • Very EDucational

  • A hangover headache is the worst thing imaginable. (in my opinion)

  • im stunted, brainfog and tension full of gut ibs diarea. help me cure all

  • Okay for 15 years or so I was treated with Imitrex for migraine headaches when I didn't have an Imitrex I was instructed to take 800 mg ibuprofen by prescription in a 200mg caffeine pill and both of them worked the Imitrex and the ibuprofen with caffeine

  • awesome animation!

  • Who's watching this while they have a headache? Me!🖐

  • こーーわ、、、無知って恐ろしい、、、

  • I get migraines even though I’m 11 it runs in my family but it’s kinda serious. My mother getst hem a lot more than me she gets it treated fas5 because her mother died of one thank you for explaining this!

  • thanks for mentioning caffeine withdrawal. I didn't know it but during the first 20 years of my life I was addicted to caffeine. I just thought I suffered from migraines. I started consuming coffee heavily the past two years and now that I have stopped I can finally feel my head clear, refreshed, not being either on edge or extremely tired anymore. I can have a great good night sleep. While I do love coffee (decaf for me from now on), caffeine consumption is too normalized in our society and people don't realize how easily our body becomes addicted to this substance (just three days of consumption is enough). To anyone that drinks coffee (or tea, coke) daily I recommend that you go without coffee for a month even if you think nothing's wrong and see how it goes. It made my life much better.

  • Love the animes.

  • Who else is having a headache while watching this video?

  • every school year there is a three day period where i have migrains, it started in fourth grade and since then ive never had perfect attendance 'u'

  • Help!! I don't know what kind of headache do I have!!!! It stopping me from doing things

    • Just take acetaminophen. I eat them like candy due to stress related headaches.

    • +IXL Ghxol ugh hate em. Alters your focus waaay too much. But for me enough oxygen and pills help.

    • IXL Ghxol headaches behind the eye are just awful. i’m glad i’m not the only one who feels that

    • Same its hurts behind my eye but its not burn like a migraine But im still going to call it that

  • Love the animation!

  • I don't know what, but after watching this and brain surgery be done, I feel a headache coming on.

  • I just thought blood rushes to head stays there for a few hours and for migrains I just thought it was more for a longer period of time kinda right

  • I have lots of cluster headaches but thankfully I only had a Migraine once

  • Woah there! @1:23 That MAN has a menstruation headache?!

  • I had a tension headache before (Maybe)

  • I looked this up to see what causes one

  • Why is the animations has so much attitude 😂

  • I currently have a sinus infection. Ugh, I cough crazy.

  • Drill holes in the skull?!?!

  • I just god a headache after watching this

  • I went through the entire uncomfortable experiences watching this.

  • migrane patient here.

  • Watching this video I have a headache but a while ago I figured out I was dehydrated I still am but yeah and I hit my head all the time so to help it I was given glasses.... But I probably have a primary headache, I have headaches all the time :/

  • Coincidence that I saw this is suggestion while I was having a head ache (migraine)

  • I'm having a headache watching this

  • this made my head hurt

  • This video gave me a headache

  • I got a headache from walking into a wall.

  • A cluster headache was the worst pain I have ever felt...

  • hi everyone ,if anyone else needs to find out about natural ways to get rid of migraines try Elumpa Migraine Remedy Alchemist (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my mate got cool results with it.

  • I have had chronic migraines my whole life... it’s awful and there’s nothing to do about it

  • 4:50 broke my heart, I have migraine 💔

  • Sjw's cause headaches

  • I can handle a school or collage but NOT a JOB😭

  • I have headache now after watching this

  • ted-ed. I would like to get in touch with you somehow because I possess the ability to think my headaches away. I can show you this on brain scan for proof and I am 100% willing to prove it.

  • I'm watching this with a headaches

  • cluster headaches are so painful... I suffer from them every tear and a half fora period of 2 weeks every second day. just going out of an episode just now. god darn it

  • If you’re lucky like me, the headache can be caused by a brain tumor.

  • Interesting

  • i used to get tension headache for almost the whole of this year and it was probably because of stress. as soon as i stopped being as stressed i dont get the headaches anymore

  • studying, thinking about studying, talking about studying at least for me hahaha

  • I've had headaches for years now(24*7)....and the area keeps expanding. But it most aches in half my head over ears

  • Came to know about headaches, ended with a seizure... @_@

  • This was really a very hard video to understand for some reason.

  • As soon as the video started, my head ached. Then I scroll through comments and a lot of people also claimed that they had headache as they watch the video. What kind of sorcery is this?

  • Investigate about Emotional headache, you will find the answer you are looking for...

  • What causes headaches? Politics

    • Lukas Novella That makes two of us. I’m sick of idiots ruining things with politics.

  • out of tune friend sings like he's singing so well

  • Having migraine for two days

  • i have an headache after this video? what should i do ??! 😕

  • who watching this because they don't wanna go to school?

  • WRONG!! everyone knows dramatic people are the source of all headaches!

  • how about the ones who never got a headache in their lives? or is it just me?

  • I have tension headaches when ever i wear or take off my glasses.

  • My girlfriend

  • This gave me a headache..

  • This just explains why I had a headache yesterday

  • oof

  • I get migraines at least once every 2 weeks and it sucks. When that happens, I just take an Advil and ibuprofen and it usually goes away in 10 minutes

  • exams :c

  • my headache increased while watching the video 😭

  • Went to doc to complain about my severe heaaches (mainly on right side, my right eye is sore and swollen and I see bad through it) he only told me to take painkillers, now I don't want to play self doctor but I am really worried, I feel like I have blackouts sometimes ;s a scan costs 500+ euro's if you do it yourself but if the doc prescribes it then only 50 euro's, I am going to pay this 500 euro's and just do it I think and at least be releieved I'm not sick.

  • The 'Feverfew' herb got rid of my headache, a heating pad or heated neck sock works wonders too, or a topical pain reliever like Aspercreme.

  • I literally just got an headache and searched youtube for ”common causes of” and first result was common causes of headache

  • Attempting to sleep is the only cure for my migraines.

  • 4:04 put a seizure warning there lol