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.
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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  3 months ago +185

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  • Mark Josh
    Mark Josh 2 days ago

    Who is the voice Over?

  • StartRecording
    StartRecording 3 days ago

    I really really hate the headaches you get where you're stressed and anxious at the same time. It leads to all this nonsensical negative thoughts that aren't realistic at all to overwhelm your brain and affect your mood so much.

  • Rolando Murillo
    Rolando Murillo 4 days ago

    This video is giving me a headache

  • Aditi T
    Aditi T 8 days ago

    My upper cheek started paining while seeing the sinus part 😂

  • Teriyaki vlogs
    Teriyaki vlogs 9 days ago

    Who else has a headache right now just me... I'll go away now

  • Nicola Wade
    Nicola Wade 10 days ago

    Is diet a factor?

  • Aaron E
    Aaron E 12 days ago

    That's creepy the guy looks like me.🙄

  • Gamer Girl
    Gamer Girl 13 days ago +1


  • Abigail Avila
    Abigail Avila 14 days ago

    My borther:My head hurts
    Me: o let me help you with that mom were the power drill?

  • GAURAV08
    GAURAV08 15 days ago

    1:23 A man may suffer headache from female reproductive system.

  • Kanchan Rawat
    Kanchan Rawat 17 days ago

    I am having a headache and this video was on my recommendation.

  • Luv •_• Keren
    Luv •_• Keren 19 days ago

    I hate it when I have a headache and people are loud 😡😂

  • Timothy Bucky
    Timothy Bucky 20 days ago

    a drum beat your doctor is under threat what is the best for you.The basic conundrum of patient care - weighing the good against the bad - is particulary spotlighted in pharmacologic management of patients with pain. opioids - have become targets. Healthcare providers need to keep in mind in their drug decision choices for optimal therapy that there is a significant downside to inadequate therapy, one that is most felt by the patients who are in need

  • Amira Zem
    Amira Zem 22 days ago

    The most uncomfortable video of all time -_- now i have a headach

  • Bro
    Bro 23 days ago

    Ted ed kinda sounds like headache

  • JonasPlettGaming
    JonasPlettGaming 23 days ago

    I never get consistent headaches, I can’t remember the last time I got one actually. But....... I have other health problems sooooooo.................

  • ErdyJan GD
    ErdyJan GD 24 days ago +1

    Why do you havento animate it to like it's so painful. Now I'm gonna think about that animation when i got a headache. But, anyway, thanks for the wonderful knowledge that you gave to us. ^-^

  • 2-D Is Hot
    2-D Is Hot 24 days ago


  • coltonthejames
    coltonthejames 25 days ago

    Am I the only one that has a headache that feels like your brain is heavy and if you move your head it slams on the side of your head and when it does it hurts bad. When I'm in light for too long I get these, i have to sit in the dark holding my head still so it doesn't hurt so bad.

  • QTee
    QTee 27 days ago

    Lots of very annoying irritating things

  • blah bla blah
    blah bla blah 27 days ago

    I get head ache when I am hungry

  • Akarsh H
    Akarsh H Month ago

    1:23 hm ya.... He ain't get no girl....

  • Lightnin' John
    Lightnin' John Month ago

    Is the practice of putting a hole in someone's head because of headaches, the reason why that one Greek god was so ready to split open Zues's head when had a little girl in there?

  • Powahful GamePlayer

    My most related headache might be the cluster headache. Good thing is it does not last long.

  • Sarah the girl
    Sarah the girl Month ago

    My brother

  • john denis dunne
    john denis dunne Month ago

    Cool animation

  • mantas juodeikis
    mantas juodeikis Month ago

    Well that's weird that I never had a tenshion headache I always have a Secondary headache or migraine / cluster headache

  • Nxiwty
    Nxiwty Month ago

    Have anyone seen like some weird flashes and you start thinking for a while where did it come from, these may happen twice a day. Also this came when i was having headache.

  • Gabriel Prado
    Gabriel Prado Month ago

    You need more water

  • Lithunoisan mapper
    Lithunoisan mapper Month ago

    Migraines are free drugs

  • Rimsha Khalid
    Rimsha Khalid Month ago

    Love the animation

  • Rimsha Khalid
    Rimsha Khalid Month ago

    I only get tension headaches

  • Simon Foster
    Simon Foster Month ago

    Oh man. Love the music on this thing. Awesome animation too.

  • Brown
    Brown Month ago

    I, I, I, I got a migraine 🎶

  • F3 Jay
    F3 Jay Month ago

    That 50% came from people feigning ill to skip school

  • Kasnovel
    Kasnovel Month ago

    This explanation made it worse lol

  • Powerbob2000
    Powerbob2000 Month ago

    Like all of these suit me than say somthing that doesnt for that

  • Ben Tang
    Ben Tang Month ago

    i got migrain headache before but not that serious

  • captain_ smart.casual

    I swear I've had all these headache types at some point. I'm VERY good at getting headaches.

  • Sky Aguillon-Ho
    Sky Aguillon-Ho Month ago

    I had migraine yesterday,it sucks i had to vomit,i had to spend 3 hours just to vomit and i force my self to vomit,I used my hand and pinching my throat so i can vomit it was a horrible experience my head hurts so bad that i can't sleep,every thing was distracting me even noise and giving me more stress..but thank god my last vomit make me feel better making my to sleep better because if i didn't vomit my stomach hurts so bad..

  • hel lo
    hel lo Month ago

    i almost have headaches every day since last year. it's becoming a routine.

  • Macro Pasco
    Macro Pasco 2 months ago

    I used to get headaches all the time - then I stopped using dairy products like MILK - poof! No more headaches.

  • khan patjaiko
    khan patjaiko 2 months ago

    I feel headache watching this hahaha

  • Sick Kent
    Sick Kent 2 months ago

    My mom

  • Lily Byrne
    Lily Byrne 2 months ago

    Funny how I just got a HORRIBLE headache before watching this

  • Crazy Artist
    Crazy Artist 2 months ago

    Idiots at school

  • Lucy Wood
    Lucy Wood 2 months ago

    Actually there are many cases of trepanning working and it's still used across the world, just not in modern Western societies like the UK and the USA

  • Chin-chin Hiccup
    Chin-chin Hiccup 2 months ago

    your voice heals my headaches honestly

  • Rohit Nagraj
    Rohit Nagraj 2 months ago

    The animation was beautiful!

  • Ameliorated Edification

    0:23 skaaal

  • Enam Enam Enam
    Enam Enam Enam 2 months ago

    Whose watching this while having headache like me

  • Mark Fawaz
    Mark Fawaz 2 months ago

    Nice vid but gave me a headache!

  • AwadPlayz//AP
    AwadPlayz//AP 2 months ago

    What a about sinus headaches?

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  • Mel Co Co
    Mel Co Co 2 months ago

    I’m watching this wile I have a very bad headache

  • SheDaUnicorn
    SheDaUnicorn 2 months ago

    If you get a headache that doesn’t hurt much but it’s bothering you, drink lots of water and it kind of just vanishes.

  • CarMakesCakes
    CarMakesCakes 2 months ago

    I got a headache from watching this.

  • Stefan Van Vliet
    Stefan Van Vliet 2 months ago

    I got a headach while watching this

  • Jordan Wynyard
    Jordan Wynyard 2 months ago

    Who has a headache now

  • 12vie
    12vie 2 months ago +1

    Another amazing video created b TedEd!

  • Eric T
    Eric T 2 months ago

    Oliver Sacks also wrote a book called Migraine recounting hundreds of case studies dating back to ancient Rome. Well wort the read.

  • Kevin Morales Gomez
    Kevin Morales Gomez 2 months ago +1


  • XSportSeeker
    XSportSeeker 2 months ago

    Ha! Love the animation on this one

  • Steven Case
    Steven Case 2 months ago +1

    Recently I became a father and while we were trying to get pregnant in an effort to ensure healthiness of my child I quit smoking. I can share my personal experience that once withdrawal symptoms have passed I noticed that my headaches have subsided as well. Quitting smoking is another way to alleviate migraine.

  • Adamkonge
    Adamkonge 2 months ago

    This gives my headache

  • bebebby boi
    bebebby boi 2 months ago


  • Jamil Amini
    Jamil Amini 2 months ago

    Main reason math thank me later

  • Justin Hutchinson
    Justin Hutchinson 2 months ago


  • Monstrosity AtMads
    Monstrosity AtMads 2 months ago

    When I watch Ted-Ed I want to be some kind of scientist

  • Jay Walking
    Jay Walking 2 months ago

    i really love every single videos of Ted-ed!

  • TheJediDoctor
    TheJediDoctor 2 months ago

    The migrain rappresentation is awfully close to what the actual thing is, minus the pain ...
    So close, in fact, that it almost gave me a headache.

  • Mbiggz
    Mbiggz 2 months ago

    Anyone here have auras when I get migraines or is it just me?

  • Laura Clemons
    Laura Clemons 2 months ago

    Strain tension and pressure!

  • Kenneth Reddy
    Kenneth Reddy 2 months ago

    My migraines will never be cured :(

  • ToasterSmartie
    ToasterSmartie 2 months ago

    Watching this while having a headache makes headaches worse >____

  • Ouroboros
    Ouroboros 2 months ago

    4:00 patterns like that can trigger migraines and seizures

  • Daniel Chachanashvili
    Daniel Chachanashvili 2 months ago +1

    heres a tip: instead of popping pain relievers eat some almonds, about 15 or so. theyre high in vitamin e and help regulate the blood flow to help clear up headaches. they work really well

  • JustSamasian
    JustSamasian 2 months ago

    1:23 So... That guy can get pregnant?

  • H. Allen
    H. Allen 2 months ago

    🤒🤕😨😰😱🤪🤯... 😇/👿

    • Chasity
      Chasity 2 months ago

      False Ads periods cause mirgranes in women. It was just an animation.

  • Diana Silverio
    Diana Silverio 2 months ago

    What causes headaches??
    Me: Ted-Ed videos

  • Ronnie James Osbourne
    Ronnie James Osbourne 2 months ago +1

    Magic Mushrooms _CURES_ cluster headaches...

    Just ask Dr. House

  • RR Moyer
    RR Moyer 2 months ago

    Divorce.. Satan.. lies.. and deception

  • Normal.
    Normal. 2 months ago

    I got a headache while watching

  • Noah Weston
    Noah Weston 2 months ago

    Whenever I watch a video on headaches my headache goes away. Weird.

  • MusiCanines - The Musical Dogs

    I already read the book suggested at the end of the video. It's awesome! I'd like to recommend Phantoms in the Brain, by S. Ramachandran, too! It's even better!

    GOOD GAMER SADAT 2 months ago

    Please post a video about the nitrogen cycle.

  • Baldoxxx4000
    Baldoxxx4000 2 months ago

    Can you explain Psyducks headache that turns into psychic powers?

  • Baldoxxx4000
    Baldoxxx4000 2 months ago

    Greeks have no common sense....

  • Learning Zone Languages

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

  • Hae Baozi
    Hae Baozi 2 months ago

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

  • Bro Studios
    Bro Studios 2 months ago

    Who else got a headache while watching this?

  • real don
    real don 2 months ago

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

  • Carrot Fush
    Carrot Fush 2 months ago

    A lack of sleep causes headache

  • Gameplay and Talk
    Gameplay and Talk 2 months ago

    Ugh, headaches are the worst.

  • kuku88
    kuku88 2 months ago

    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!

  • Avinash Mishra
    Avinash Mishra 2 months ago

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

  • Racil Atutubo
    Racil Atutubo 2 months ago

    this gives me headaches

  • Junaid Ahmmad
    Junaid Ahmmad 2 months ago

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

  • Cynthia McCullough
    Cynthia McCullough 2 months ago

    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.