September 19, 2019
Why do we get headaches? | Head Squeeze

Why do we get headaches? | Head Squeeze

Hey Head Squeezers, hope you’re well Really good question that’s actually come
in from a few different places this time. We’ve got Haydn SHYickin who posted this in
our G+ community, thank you very much. And also michobebemckawii, who posted this in
a you tube comment in our Head Squeeze discussion page Both posted a question which was: What are
headaches and how do we get them? A very very interesting one, and of course
they are the bane of so, so peoples lives so great question, I’m looking forward to
unpacking this one. I should obviously say that head squeeze is
not your doctor so if you do get very serious headaches or regular head aches then go see
your local physician. But if you’re interested in the science of
headaches then you’ve come to the right place, so stick with us. Now, there are a whole range of different
types of headaches, not just the kind that my dad gets when he tries to write a text
message on his archaic mobile phone. I’m going to introduce you to tension headaches
— that’s the first kind of dull ache that lots of us get, quite regularly actually. And also vascular headaches, those are the
Migraines and the cluster headaches of this world. And in my research I found some people talking
about cluster headaches, and they say that they feel like having a red-hot poker shoved
in their eye– nasty! So why do we get them? First things first, the brain is not sensitive
to pain, so you never get a headache from your brain. So if after a really long hard
day I say ‘my brain really hurts’ I’m kind of speaking a load of rubbish — you’re allowed
to tell me that, that’s totally cool. So what’s happening? Well, the pain has got to be around your brain
somewhere. And there’s loads of places where that could come from. As I explained in my film about tickleishness
and actually why we get tickled. The skin is sensitive to pain, as are your bones, and
structures in your ears, your nose, your mouth. And it’s there that the pain comes from. Now what about the tension headache, that
kind of dull ache that we all tend to get quite often. Well, that comes from holding
your muscles in a semi-contracted state for quite a long period of time. That muscle tension, that may come from the
neck, or the face, or actually the meninges — the tissues around your brain, that help
protect your brain – that muscles tension fires your pain receptors and sends a message
to your brain, the sensory cortex, and that’s why you feel it as pain. That tension could come from emotional stress,
it could come from poor eye sight, or, or the wrong prescription. And what we normally
do is just take some paracetamol that gets rid of it. Now paracetamol is very interesting, it acts
in the brain, it inhibits the pain and inflammation causing chemicals called prostaglandins Now, the more intense headaches, the migraines
of this world, they are called vascular headaches. Reason being, the main culprit for those are
the large blood vessels. More specifically, it’s a changed blood flow to your cerebral
cortex. Science doesn’t really know how or why they
happen. One theory might be that there is a spasm
in one of the cerebral arteries – that reduces the flow of blood and causes a localised lack
of oxygen. Another idea is that maybe there is swelling
in the blood vessels and that produces, there is swelling pushing on the nerves that causes
the pain. Science isn’t really sure just yet. Migraines can be set off by the weather, by
bad diet, bad sleep, stress – and they tend to last between 4 and 72 hours. Interestingly, 1 in 5 migraine sufferers report
having a visual disturbance like a flash of light or zig-zag lines in front of their vision
before their migraine kicks in. Now, researchers think that the neurotransmitter,
serotonin, must have something to do with migraines, because the drugs used to treat
migraines change the way that serotonin bonds to various receptors Bad news, I’m afraid, for anyone watching
who has 2 ‘X’ chromosomes, yes, women, you are more likely to get a migraine by a factor
of three, down to hormonal changes. Now, finally, cluster headaches, they are
the really serious headaches that last for weeks, if not months. They are normally found
on one side of the head or around the eye. Not really sure what causes them, but scientists
reckon again that it’s to do with the blood flow to the brain, and it may be kicked off
by substances that affect that blood flow like alcohol. I don’t know if any of you have chugged tea
and coffee during the day and then got what we can only call a caffeine headache once
you’ve got home. Caffeine restricts the flow of blood to the brain, so as soon as you stop
drinking it you get a rush of blood to the brain. Oh, one more thing I’d like to mention is
‘medication overuse headaches.’ These are headaches caused by taking pain
medication for a really long amount of time. And a german study reckons it could now affect
about 4% of the population! Again, they’re not sure why it actually causes
these headaches. They think maybe that pain medication for such a long period of time
switches off these control system, the pain control system. The best way to get rid of
it is just to go completely cold turkey. Bonus fact at the end, of course: 2,000 years
ago the people of the Western Han Dynasty treated their headaches with a chilli-like
fruit. Anyway. That’s all the time I’ve got right
now, please do keep sending in your question, we will answer one of them every Thursday
here at ask Headsqueeze. Put them in the comments below these videos, join our G+ community
and join in the discussion there. Until next time, Happy Head Squeezing!

100 thoughts on “Why do we get headaches? | Head Squeeze

  1. Why does it pains so badly when we hit our foots little finger on the edge of a wall or table or chair ? Please i need an answer for this question. Thanks if u saw this.

  2. About once a week I get a really bad headache so

    from experience the little pills dont do much besides nun the pain for 30mins so i think it's a waste of time to take 1

    But if you are going to take it let the pill dissolve under your toung

  3. I've had headaches ever since I was little really bad ones where one half of my brain will be asleep and the other side will be awake this was when I was 3 to 7 years old but now I only get migraines and headaches I went to the doctor and the hospital and they don't even know what's wrong

  4. Before I get a migraine I get like a circle of zig zag lines the make everything really blurry and I can't really see then it goes away and then I get the migraine it sucks

  5. hello , Mr. Foot. I am from Indonesia and i myself is the apprentice of every science. i love your channel and explanations.i notice you said at near the end of the session of this, about headache, that german scientists was not sure why pain killers would cause headache as long term sideeffects…the answers are :1. pain killers causes gas. the chemical is filtered by kidney and liver (detox process) and liver after longtime will swell with gas. thats why many physician prescribe painkillers with gastic medicine like the aluminium and magnexium.2. when liver is hurt, it automatically affects eyes. according to chinese medical record. 'our veins are connect one to another. for your research please search through google for reflexology chart. it is all there. and when eyes are affected, you will get all sorts of headache.some headache can come from nostril problem. when you get polip or something like rice or other organic being stucked inside your nose, you will get an inflammation or mucus traffic jam , it causes forehead pain.sorry for my bad english.

  6. to cure a headache , i suggest cooking ginger slices as tea and drink it hot and rest after bathing with hot water also.if persists, there maybe something obstructing your nostril. inflammation problem. for the eye problem which causes headache, you need immediate and enough rest. drink some add-blood supplements with zinc.

  7. I have had a very painful migrane for 2 days strait! And when you said that there's a weird vision before the headache occurs I had a slight flashback from 2 days ago! My mom was confused on why my vision was so weird but it turned out to be a migrane! How can you get rid of this stupid migrane is my question.

  8. this was sorta helpful i get headaches about atleast 4-5 times a week and i found one of the reason i get it and you explaind realy nothing sorry but now i cant have drink with cafeen because i always got headaches from coffee so i only drink it once in a while and stress happens to when my brain goes crazy with school work i get major headaches and you didnt meshion one over active if i get over active and xuse up alot of energy i get a headache so now you know lol

  9. Lol vascular Headaches are mostly caused by Diet, Radio Signals, and also other type of signals. Such as Radioactive signals and wifi. Or because you are not drinking enough water…

  10. Why do few members have fits or epilepsy? how can we stop them during the time and how to cure? I am suffering from this since 3 yrs after I had an accident.

  11. how does medicines do it job? how does it affect our brain within hours we take it? are the chemicals transported to the spot of incident by blood?

  12. Perhaps you could do an accompanying video explaining how triptans work to stop migraines, why regular pain killers have no effect against migraine whereas triptans seem like magic. I found that fascinating to read about.

  13. What exactly are sinus headaches? And in what part of the brain do they occur? My father explained it to me, but I am all confused with the meninges headache and the sinus headache. I'm confused because her told me that sinus headaches take place on the sides of your head, and then he told me my headache was at the top of my head (meninges). I'm confused. Could you formulate a helpful and constructive video and help me to understand. I'd highly appreciate it!

  14. Was this video background at Holland Park, London? Thanks for the migraines. They visit me from time to time, too too often..

  15. i think if u have vascular head ache u should stand upside down i mean hand with a bar for few minutes 4 -5 mins it will change ur blood flow ……am i right ?

  16. So? Anapolon or Anadrol might fix this shit then?… But howcome LSD works against cluster if its caused by blood flow? :/

  17. oh yeah when im about to have a migrane there is a spot in my eyesight that grows, inside that spot there are zigzags that are changing colors like a tv without a signal but colored and when i can barely see the pain is just awfull

  18. So 6 plus minutes to say muscle tension and blood flow issues with the remaining 50 % being we don't know.

  19. I don't know why I am getting a headache while watching this video…everything was just fine before watching it.

    I am sure finally this must be the real Head Squeeze video.

  20. Body of my tempeture is getting hot n back of my head n eyes are hurting!
    Could you please tell what's wrong??

  21. I'm 12 years old it's been 2 weeks and 4 days and I still have a headache

    My mom says it's allergies

    Doctor says it's sinus infection and I need to see and ENT doctor and I have to wait a month

    Also I went to this hospital twice and at first they told me I had a migraine headache but the second time I went they said I have a sinus infection

    But IM WORRIED BECAUSE I TOOK Medicine it works but than few days later it ends up worse and I'm not even sure if this is a headache

    Is this normal because I never been sick for 2 weeks and 3 days before
    And 😰😰😰😨😰😰😰😑😭😑😭😐😭😐😐🙄🙄😐🙄😐🤢😐🤢😐😑😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

    I feel like someone pounded me in the head so hard and my nose feels numb and blocked and every 2 hours they switch it's called nasal cycle and my throat feels stiff their are lumps in my throats like pimples not tonsil stones like bumps also their is pressure on my forehead also my arms feel so weak and my my hands so weird when I wash them they feel dry and rubbish

    And yeah this headache came out of no where it happen on a Tuesday night

    I'm sorry for not using grammar and punctuation I just need an answer to what's going on!!!

  22. so fighter get punch and get a headace , pls explain scientist, the thing is many reason, not one, its like brain defenses system

  23. migraine it sucks..
    i see weird stuff and i cant say or think properly, i start talking like this for example: i strat tkaling like this for eaxmple. (i pronounce words exactly like i typed them)

  24. Looked this up bc I currently have a melon smasher since lunch (it's now bed time). One I thought was due to not eating on time. My migraines usually come with flashing lights, nausea and irritability (Okay, so I am a bit of a shit when I am in pain). As none of this is happening, I was curious. I am in possession of 2 X chromosomes, a fact that I am proud of 99.99% of the time… save for migraines. Could. totally. do. without.

    I found this video completely informative and entertaining. Not an easy feat mid tension migraine. Go on you.

  25. Caffeine cause headaches. Yes. Then why do some medications for migraines have caffeine as a main ingredient? I can see if you take in caffeine daily and then stop it.

  26. I get Sinus Headaches. You feel them behind the eyes or in the temples . I got them from sinus congestion or change in air pressure .

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