What causes headaches? - Dan Kwartler

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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.
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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  8 months ago +226

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    • Des Bro
      Des Bro Month ago

      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.

    • Kuro Sparda
      Kuro Sparda 2 months ago

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    • Kavan Patel
      Kavan Patel 2 months ago

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

    • teyona mays
      teyona mays 4 months ago

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

  • audriipockii
    audriipockii 25 minutes ago

    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'

  • Vo NguyenXuan
    Vo NguyenXuan Day ago +1

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

  • Zhang X
    Zhang X 4 days ago

    Love the animation!

  • Samantha Goodwin
    Samantha Goodwin 5 days ago

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

  • laugh. why? to hide the pain.

    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

  • Caiobkw
    Caiobkw 9 days ago

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

  • Monique Williams
    Monique Williams 13 days ago

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

  • Dorothy Isidro
    Dorothy Isidro 14 days ago

    I had a tension headache before
    (Maybe)

  • Flash Fan
    Flash Fan 15 days ago

    I looked this up to see what causes one

  • delirious jj
    delirious jj 15 days ago

    Why is the animations has so much attitude 😂

  • Squeegee Squad
    Squeegee Squad 17 days ago

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

  • Audrey and Remington
    Audrey and Remington 18 days ago

    Drill holes in the skull?!?!

  • Ninja
    Ninja 26 days ago

    I just god a headache after watching this

  • Shah Saud
    Shah Saud 27 days ago

    I went through the entire uncomfortable experiences watching this.

  • Armughan Syed
    Armughan Syed 27 days ago

    migrane patient here.

  • Krystal tigerwolf
    Krystal tigerwolf 28 days ago

    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 :/

  • Sreenath Aether
    Sreenath Aether 28 days ago

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

  • Ban in Space
    Ban in Space 28 days ago

    I'm having a headache watching this

  • Emma Lane
    Emma Lane 28 days ago

    this made my head hurt

  • Critic of everything
    Critic of everything 28 days ago

    This video gave me a headache

  • Nick Talleyrand
    Nick Talleyrand 29 days ago

    THINGS THAT CAUSES HEADACHE:
    1. Boss
    2. Friends
    3. Children
    4. Law Enforcement
    5. In Laws
    6. Parents
    7. Government

  • Fire Nation Files
    Fire Nation Files 29 days ago +1

    I got a headache from walking into a wall.

  • Lord Hater
    Lord Hater 29 days ago

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

  • Ricardo Ortiz
    Ricardo Ortiz 29 days ago

    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.

  • felipe
    felipe Month ago

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

  • PKR D
    PKR D Month ago

    4:50 broke my heart, I have migraine 💔

  • Daniel b1uk
    Daniel b1uk Month ago

    Sjw's cause headaches

  • Jeje Gyu
    Jeje Gyu Month ago

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

  • Niharika pawar
    Niharika pawar Month ago

    I have headache now after watching this

  • Des Bro
    Des Bro Month ago

    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.

  • Aadrian Regala
    Aadrian Regala Month ago

    I'm watching this with a headaches

  • Badhbh Cath
    Badhbh Cath Month ago

    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

  • Kevin Moore
    Kevin Moore Month ago

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

  • Randome things cats too

    Interesting

  • hugnkisses ùwú
    hugnkisses ùwú Month ago

    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

  • Martin Acosta
    Martin Acosta Month ago

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

  • Cloud str
    Cloud str Month ago

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

  • BionicTenshi96
    BionicTenshi96 Month ago

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

  • Vedant kale
    Vedant kale Month ago

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

  • blahblahblahblahblah blahblahblahblahblah

    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?

  • Andrea Cedeño
    Andrea Cedeño Month ago

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

  • Lukas Novella
    Lukas Novella Month ago

    What causes headaches? Politics

  • Ronah
    Ronah Month ago

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

  • Turbat G
    Turbat G Month ago

    Having migraine for two days

  • pro evo7
    pro evo7 Month ago

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

  • Bffl YT
    Bffl YT Month ago

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

  • Amir
    Amir Month ago

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

  • ahmed essa
    ahmed essa Month ago

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

  • idc.idc.idc.
    idc.idc.idc. Month ago

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

  • Matt DiThomas
    Matt DiThomas Month ago

    My girlfriend

  • Sam jebastin
    Sam jebastin Month ago

    This gave me a headache..

  • Cyril Garcia
    Cyril Garcia Month ago

    This just explains why I had a headache yesterday

  • Angel Dove
    Angel Dove Month ago +1

    oof

  • Rice Cake child
    Rice Cake child Month ago

    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

  • Conscious - Animusic

    exams :c

  • Creative JE
    Creative JE Month ago

    my headache increased while watching the video 😭

  • Bondii B
    Bondii B Month ago

    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.

  • PragmaticMusing
    PragmaticMusing Month ago

    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.

  • Patrik Käpyaho
    Patrik Käpyaho Month ago

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

  • AnthonyJeiD
    AnthonyJeiD Month ago

    Attempting to sleep is the only cure for my migraines.

  • WonderBlox Productions
    WonderBlox Productions 2 months ago

    4:04 put a seizure warning there lol

  • Mohamed Khaled
    Mohamed Khaled 2 months ago

    I love the animations in this video

  • Bearcat Ben
    Bearcat Ben 2 months ago

    If you have a migrane drink a few glasses of water and milk take some melatoin find a dark place in your house and go to sleep

  • Sanghamitra Mitra
    Sanghamitra Mitra 2 months ago

    I saw this video while I was having a headache. 🤷

  • Abel Zoben
    Abel Zoben 2 months ago

    Living with migraine for last 12 years

  • Guy Kahlout
    Guy Kahlout 2 months ago

    Who else has a headach

  • Zinnat Ara Lipi
    Zinnat Ara Lipi 2 months ago

    So, that means I have the Tension Headache.

  • Shef C
    Shef C 2 months ago

    I’ve literally never had a headache my entire life

  • Mary Jo Lee
    Mary Jo Lee 2 months ago

    Me when I saw the title of the video “yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssss!!!!”

  • 21st Century Pirate
    21st Century Pirate 2 months ago

    I had a headache and saw this video in my recommendation.

  • Kuhoo Not Kuhu
    Kuhoo Not Kuhu 2 months ago

    Have you ever been to Ladakh? Nevermind, watch my channel. Thankyou!

  • Ruan Stone
    Ruan Stone 2 months ago

    I think i have a rare headache none of this was on of this

  • Jayrick Moran Llanto
    Jayrick Moran Llanto 2 months ago

    "3:18 can anybody scientifically confirm this or base on their personal experience? because i have the same symptom like forehead swelling, please enlighten me"

  • Ali S
    Ali S 2 months ago

    I felt my brain as I watched this

  • Ann Rachel Wilson
    Ann Rachel Wilson 2 months ago

    The animated character’s expressions are so good that he should be Oscar nominated🤩

  • Mirlande Wilson
    Mirlande Wilson 2 months ago

    This video gave me headache watching it

  • Wyatt McComas
    Wyatt McComas 2 months ago

    I was always confused about that weird tingly feeling with my migraines , now I know !

  • TheMeme
    TheMeme 2 months ago

    This gave me a headache

  • Boss 81189
    Boss 81189 2 months ago

    A simple trick to stop migrane permently...
    start smoking..
    yeah..it works..but not in the time of headache...i didnt experince any migrane after i started smoking..

  • Zaith nazreen
    Zaith nazreen 2 months ago

    who feel headech when watching this

  • Mohamed Ameri
    Mohamed Ameri 2 months ago

    All thanks to whoever invented the paracetamol 🙏🏼

  • ThirdPartyEJ XD
    ThirdPartyEJ XD 2 months ago +1

    You have a headache? Oh so sad...... dont worry we'll do more damage in your head than the headache did, they said it worked.

  • rachellefiriro
    rachellefiriro 2 months ago

    Women!

  • Nikkolas Cage
    Nikkolas Cage 2 months ago

    nicotine cures migraine, i've got to the point where i see auras its verry painful not only in head but also it losts my balance ability to do tasks and other things

  • Ebony Frimpong
    Ebony Frimpong 2 months ago

    Nah why did I get a headache watching this

  • Ebony Frimpong
    Ebony Frimpong 2 months ago

    Nah why did I get a headache watching this

  • Rica Min
    Rica Min 2 months ago

    I am getting headache whenever I eat chickens/eggs. But why??

  • Jane Foster
    Jane Foster 2 months ago

    My head actually started aching while watching this video

  • Suryanshu Sharma
    Suryanshu Sharma 2 months ago

    Animation is kinda funny ...

  • John Christopher Delos Santos

    Sometimes when i have headache, i do pushups. After the first 5 pushups, my headache magically fades.. How? 😂

  • hala a
    hala a 2 months ago

    “what causes headache ?”
    answer : people

  • Common Zense
    Common Zense 2 months ago

    *My Mom...*

    *_ITS BECAUSE YOUR ON YOUR GADGETS ALL DAY!!!_*

  • Taco Operator
    Taco Operator 2 months ago

    I've never had a headache. Is something wrong with me??

  • Mays Mama
    Mays Mama 2 months ago

    I hate migraines 😣

  • Alexander Sayeler
    Alexander Sayeler 2 months ago

    I get migraines pretty often, it always starts as a light headache that barely hurt but I can still feel it. And then as the day goes on it gets worse and worse. But when it happens I usually just take some medication in form of a pill called Alvedon. It works frickin wonders, the headache is gone after around 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Joory humdi
    Joory humdi 2 months ago +2

    Waiting for Sao season 3

  • Jynflyn1 -
    Jynflyn1 - 2 months ago

    The back of my eye feels like it has a headache but it doesn't really burn. I'm sick though so that probable something

  • Sev
    Sev 2 months ago

    how do you cure caffeine withdrawal headache?

  • Hiba ben hassena
    Hiba ben hassena 2 months ago

    Less riddles and more physics please❤🙃😍😇✌