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  5 months ago +200

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    • teyona mays
      teyona mays Month ago

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

    • teyona mays
      teyona mays Month ago

      Ted ed really helps me in becoming a nurse

    • Tra Nguyen
      Tra Nguyen 2 months ago

      TED-Ed who would mistake their wife for a hat? Only if they are drunk lol

    • Stripe Rainbow
      Stripe Rainbow 3 months ago

      TED-Ed What class would a hydocephalic headache be under

    • Vladimir Ernesto Ochoa Almendarez
      Vladimir Ernesto Ochoa Almendarez 5 months ago

      TED-Ed W

  • kamran malone
    kamran malone 14 hours ago

    We had to watch this in 5th grade

  • MegaMissfitz
    MegaMissfitz Day ago

    Morning sarks, I did the school run & had to come home, it’s gonna be a rough week I think. 😢😢😢

  • C
    C 2 days ago

    I get ice pick headaches- a kind of cluster headache. Legit the WORST.

  • Sazzad Hussain
    Sazzad Hussain 2 days ago

    can this video be described as a cause of headache

  • Magen Is back!!
    Magen Is back!! 4 days ago

    How to cure a migraine: Take some pain killers and go to bed. (In my opinion)

  • Late Bandit
    Late Bandit 8 days ago

    I got headache from this

  • Rohit Raj Sharma
    Rohit Raj Sharma 10 days ago


  • The Miraç
    The Miraç 10 days ago

    Whos having a headache while watching this video

  • Retsam Gnirob
    Retsam Gnirob 10 days ago

    I'm here because i have a headache

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  • RKBock
    RKBock 11 days ago

    1:25 I don't exactly see, how camomile tee is supposed to help me against the headache I get from talking to my girlfriend.

  • Ryan Murphy
    Ryan Murphy 11 days ago

    Did not do migraines justice. Dizziness, vomiting, inability to even read due to aura hallucinations. Extreme postdromal fatigue lasting up to a week.

  • Rafael Manahan
    Rafael Manahan 12 days ago

    I get headaches from a lack of sleep, is there a massage to help this?

  • Taylor Harris
    Taylor Harris 15 days ago

    Migraleve works

  • Deepak Bhandwalkar
    Deepak Bhandwalkar 17 days ago +1

    Just chill for avoiding headache

  • Vigo Kovačić
    Vigo Kovačić 18 days ago

    I felt sorry to see that man-drawing going through all that pain, so I felt relieved when I saw him smile in the last minute or so.

  • Tychi Chan
    Tychi Chan 19 days ago

    Is anyone annoyed, by the animated character, in the video, with both eyes and mouth on one side of the face?

  • Fornite Assassin12
    Fornite Assassin12 20 days ago

    I've had a cluster headache and I'm only 13... Not nice...

  • Kaylee Berggren
    Kaylee Berggren 20 days ago

    I get really bad migraines and half of my vision goes blurry. 🤷🏻‍♀️ it’s great...

  • Trisha Yamada
    Trisha Yamada 20 days ago

    I have hemiplegic migraine and chiari malformation. It can really make life miserable.

  • Thinking Armut
    Thinking Armut 21 day ago

    TVclip recommended me this while I was having headache...

  • Gabriela D
    Gabriela D 21 day ago

    I always get tension headaches. It really really sucks

  • How To Get Games For Free

    What causes the random aches around my body all of a sudden

  • Shianna W
    Shianna W 21 day ago

    Husbands. That’s the real answer.

  • sparkymalarky
    sparkymalarky 23 days ago

    so, I have had a chronic headache for about 9 months now, been to the doctors, going again, could anyone shed any light on it?
    ps: I wear glasses and have been to the opticians since so its not that.

  • Kyle V
    Kyle V 23 days ago

    *Grabs my Advil*

  • Weeb Patrol
    Weeb Patrol 27 days ago

    I got a bad headache for doing 10 math questions that I used a calculator on

  • Untitled Channel
    Untitled Channel Month ago


  • iWumbo
    iWumbo Month ago

    *Mom* Its because yall Stay on that internets all day!

  • Priyabrata Mohapatra

    I have had cluster headache and tension headache many a times.

  • hecate twilight
    hecate twilight Month ago

    What do headaches feel like?

  • Chenny Capili
    Chenny Capili Month ago

    Watching this gave me a headache

  • Josephat Kibet
    Josephat Kibet Month ago

    Great illustration

  • Lorri Teh Weeb
    Lorri Teh Weeb Month ago

    I usually get headaches when I cry. ._.

  • Lucy Sara
    Lucy Sara Month ago

    I have a primary cluster headache right now :/

  • sophia reese
    sophia reese Month ago

    I had a migraine for the first time at school this week, and freaked out when I had an Aura. when I got home, my mom told me

  • Agil Asadi
    Agil Asadi Month ago

    well having your nose on the side of your head might be the cause, did you look up to that?

  • Alia Y'all
    Alia Y'all Month ago

    It's shocking to me that high brain functioning is not mentioned as a possible reason for headache!

  • Farah
    Farah Month ago

    Im always fascinated by the things that go on in our heads and every video of yours makes me even more fascinated love your videos alot 😍

  • Super Clutch
    Super Clutch Month ago

    i get 'headaches' in my hands sometimes... it feels the same, just somewhere in either the side of my thumb down to the middle of my forearm, or in the very middle of my palm

  • Super Clutch
    Super Clutch Month ago

    my headache i can feel right now spreads from the front of my forehead in the middle, and spreading out unevenly among the top on my head, leaning towards the left and hard to get rid of right now. it might be a dehydration headache cause i dont drink very much, but idk

  • XxVapexX
    XxVapexX Month ago

    I have a headache cs I was bout to get my Diamond Sniper camo and I was so tired And finally I got it worth it👌

  • Gracy Toy Schultz
    Gracy Toy Schultz Month ago

    Complete randomness I remember getting up out of bed a actually moaning in pain/screaming and holding my head cause of how bad my headache was.

  • Donna marie Heard
    Donna marie Heard Month ago

    Me 😉

  • Christopher Chachki

    This gave me a headache

  • Bhagyashree Sawant
    Bhagyashree Sawant Month ago

    Headaches are the worst of all..you can't work or study while having the headache..

  • kevin Hill
    kevin Hill Month ago

    What’s funny is that I’m watching this while I have a headache

  • Mr. 2006
    Mr. 2006 Month ago

    Vasodilation. You're welcome.

  • Ali_El_Baba
    Ali_El_Baba Month ago

    My left eye and also my left brain hurts sometimes... 😧

  • Said Alasgarov
    Said Alasgarov Month ago

    I was spining in attraction and I had terrable headache and there was not such as i had

  • pringles dude
    pringles dude Month ago

    I hate that sound in the beginning of your videos

  • Samir Choudhury
    Samir Choudhury Month ago


  • Alex Sepelenco
    Alex Sepelenco Month ago

    I hate cluster headaches but they're reasonable

  • Alex Sepelenco
    Alex Sepelenco Month ago

    I have a headache right now :/

  • Junglejuankook 12
    Junglejuankook 12 Month ago

    I usually get the cluster headache for some reason

  • Junglejuankook 12
    Junglejuankook 12 Month ago +1

    Anybody watching this while having a headache? No? Ok bye

  • Alexandra Huang
    Alexandra Huang Month ago

    Usually stress, or lack of food, sleep, or water/dehydration

  • hatim soudani
    hatim soudani Month ago

    i got the migraine and cluster both at the same time . is that normal ?

  • Kaleb Rowe
    Kaleb Rowe Month ago

    Magic mushrooms assually stop cluster headaches and other headaches in most people

  • Kaleb Rowe
    Kaleb Rowe Month ago

    Teeth infection causes headaches

  • Bolloji Bhoomaiah
    Bolloji Bhoomaiah 2 months ago

    is there atleadt one solution for migraine headache?

    • Bolloji Bhoomaiah
      Bolloji Bhoomaiah 2 months ago

      is there atleast one solution for migraine headache? atleast one🤔

  • Samuel Wang
    Samuel Wang 2 months ago

    3:49 my 5th grade teacher sometimes had migranes and then she was late to class

  • Mark Josh
    Mark Josh 2 months ago

    Who is the voice Over?

  • StartRecording
    StartRecording 2 months 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 2 months ago

    This video is giving me a headache

  • Aditi T
    Aditi T 2 months ago

    My upper cheek started paining while seeing the sinus part 😂

  • aestheticly me
    aestheticly me 2 months ago

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

  • Nicola Wade
    Nicola Wade 2 months ago

    Is diet a factor?

  • Aaron E
    Aaron E 2 months ago

    That's creepy the guy looks like me.🙄

  • Gamer Girl
    Gamer Girl 2 months ago +1


  • Abigail Avila
    Abigail Avila 2 months ago

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

  • GAURAV08
    GAURAV08 2 months ago

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

  • Kanchan Rawat
    Kanchan Rawat 2 months ago

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

  • Luv •_• Keren
    Luv •_• Keren 2 months ago

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

  • Timothy Bucky
    Timothy Bucky 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Bro
    Bro 2 months ago

    Ted ed kinda sounds like headache

  • The OverSaturated Gamer

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago


  • coltonthejames
    coltonthejames 3 months 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 3 months ago

    Lots of very annoying irritating things

  • blah bla blah
    blah bla blah 3 months ago

    I get head ache when I am hungry

  • Akarsh H
    Akarsh H 3 months ago

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

  • Lightnin' John
    Lightnin' John 3 months 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
    Powahful GamePlayer 3 months ago

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

  • Sarah the girl
    Sarah the girl 3 months ago

    My brother

  • john denis dunne
    john denis dunne 3 months ago

    Cool animation

  • mantas juodeikis
    mantas juodeikis 3 months ago

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

  • Nxiwty
    Nxiwty 3 months 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 3 months ago

    You need more water

  • Lithunoisan mapper
    Lithunoisan mapper 3 months ago

    Migraines are free drugs

  • Rimsha Khalid
    Rimsha Khalid 3 months ago

    Love the animation

  • Rimsha Khalid
    Rimsha Khalid 3 months ago

    I only get tension headaches

  • Simon Foster
    Simon Foster 3 months ago

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

  • Brown
    Brown 3 months ago

    I, I, I, I got a migraine 🎶

  • F3 Jay
    F3 Jay 3 months ago

    That 50% came from people feigning ill to skip school

  • Kasnovel
    Kasnovel 3 months ago

    This explanation made it worse lol

  • Powerbob2000
    Powerbob2000 3 months ago

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

  • Ben Tang
    Ben Tang 3 months ago

    i got migrain headache before but not that serious