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.

Lesson by Dan Kwartler, animation by Sharon Colman.

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  1. Brain injury headaches for me it was light sensitivity when I first started to have them now that doesn't bother me. I'm on my seizure med that works to stop my headache/migraine and seizures. It was a combination of Tylenol and a seizure med but my neurologist got me taking the one now cause I have stomach problems.

  2. I usually get a migraine or cluster once a month, and usually behind my left eye. For me caffeine and sleep helps the best. If I can catch it early enough, a cup of coffee and a nap will do the trick.

  3. ive been having migraines since i was like 10. it is sometimes so bad my heart feels likes its beating in my skull. the art they put is similar but for me its more like a single soap bubble in the center of my vision. kind of like a eye floater but it does not move.

  4. What are the odds of finding a video related to headaches in TED Ed after waking up from a nap you took due to headache. Very slim !! This is an unbelievable coincidence

  5. I have migraine and yes, auras are a problem but only (refferring) "slipknot-duality" helps a bit.
    Not exactly the song (the song is awesome though) but what I do listening to it.

    Try it if you have a migraine, it might help. I'm serious.

  6. I have migraine and yes, auras are a problem but only (refferring) "slipknot-duality" helps a bit.
    Not mainly the song but what I do listening to it.

    Try it if you have a migraine, it might help. I'm serious.

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