Migraines: Not Just Another Headache

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  • If you've never had a migraine, you might think it's just a really bad headache. But if you've ever had them, or you know someone who does, you know that they're much worse -- and much more complicated -- than that. Hank explains the biology behind this disorder of the central nervous system, and how it can be treated.
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  • Kittycatgaming /hayley

    When I get migraines I can't do anything

  • Recklessly Arrogant

    Wait em I having a stroke..

  • Shane Erz
    Shane Erz 4 days ago

    I had 2 in 3 weeks and threw up 4 times...why am i so messed up?

    J_J_DUBBS 6 days ago

    Migraines are soooo painfull😭 i have been having them since I could remember

  • Nastassja Riemermann

    I have migraines that usually aren't that bad (rarely more than a 4/10 in terms of pain, with mild light and sound sensitivity and sometimes mild nausea), but OTC pain meds like Excedrin do nothing for them and without my prescription meds they last for as much as 72 hours. After someone finally convinced me that my headaches could indeed be migraines despite their mildness pain-wise, my GP referred me to a neurologist that put me on a beta blocker to prevent my migraines in the first place and rizatriptan to make them go away when I got them anyway.

  • Ginger Breadman
    Ginger Breadman 10 days ago

    Silence and darkness just make it worse for me because then I have nothing to think about except pain. I have a really dark "migraine" setting for my computer, and it helps to watch or play something to distract myself.

  • Ilovecupcakes5000
    Ilovecupcakes5000 12 days ago

    So you mean to tell me that when I get a very bad headache that comes with sensitivity to light, noises, smells and, nausea it is probably a migraine?

  • MutantCreeper
    MutantCreeper 13 days ago

    I easily got rid of my migraines because I would go to sleep. I only had two and they would only show little blotches for a small while until the migraine started.

  • The Gape Station
    The Gape Station 13 days ago

    I had one during a math exam

  • Soulplexis
    Soulplexis 20 days ago

    mine is cigarette smoke but it takes a LOT and it also has to be hot for some reason, like in the summer when my aunt is puffing away i'll get a regular headache but if i breathe too much i get migraines

  • Nicolai Veliki
    Nicolai Veliki 20 days ago

    I got really bad migranes when I was also suffering from depression... a possible link to Serotonin, perhaps

  • Toaster Pc
    Toaster Pc 21 day ago

    Migrains the ISIS of the brain.

  • jay
    jay 23 days ago

    Am I the only one who's migraine, the pain wasn't the most memorable part? I've had two migraines in my life (I think) but they were in the space of 2 days. It wasn't how I thought they were, it started with no pain, I suddenly couldn't see properly out of one of my eyes and it quickly got worse and it felt like someone just flashed in my face and it lasted for about 10 minutes, then I had this headache on one side of my head that yes; was more painful than my usual headaches, I had to squeeze my head and sit in pitch black room. The pain wasn't as bad as some others must deal with but I think the aura I experienced scared me so much more! I experienced it both times too, same order. I realised I couldn't read the second time, I was out and then put my card number in wrong, few minutes later the one sided headache started and I had to run home

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 24 days ago

    Yaaaas, I'm super sensitive to both sound and light and all I need to is stay in a dark room away from people.

  • Backyardmech1
    Backyardmech1 24 days ago

    Sounds like a hangover that can last for days

  • ghostko1235
    ghostko1235 24 days ago

    I used to get a few migraines with aura but after a while they disappeared and i never got them again. I have yet to expierence another migraine with the last one being years ago due to dehydration. Are there any reasons why my migraines just disappeared and aren't periodic anymore?

  • shadowthetwisted
    shadowthetwisted 26 days ago

    Step 1: begin to lose vision in my left eye, a spot forms that's kinda like a blind spot, but it' "flashing" for lack of a better word.
    Step 2: vision loss enhances, the amount lost determines how bad the migraine will be
    Step 3: vision returns, pain in the right frontal lobe, and the back of my eyes begins to pound, this last hours, 6 minimum.
    Step 4: constant pain goes away, but residual effects last a couple days, any thing that raises my heart rate will cause a pounding pain in my head.

    The worst one I've ever had actually caused the entire left side of my body to go numb, that one lasted a solid 12 hours. with residual effect lasting for nearly a week.

  • Steve Ware
    Steve Ware 27 days ago

    Very common sources of migraines (in addition to those mentioned) for me are also:
    -disturbances in my eating/sleeping schedule (sleeping more or less or later or sometimes even earlier than usual, same for eating except for the "more" part)
    -fatigue (mental or physical)
    -long,bumpy car/bus/ship rides
    -hot weather (I live in greece...)
    -too much excercise
    -lengthy exposure to strong sunlight (summer at the beach)
    -lauging/crying too much or generally experiencing very strong emotions like after a fight(yep I know it sounds like I'm joking but trust me I wish I were)
    Damn I'm weak af xD please tell me I'm not the only one. Granted sometimes the trigger doesn't work if I'm generally healthy, but if two or more triggers happen together or a trigger combined with an allergy or flu then I'll probably get a migraine. The more triggers coincide the worse the migraine. Two and it's ok with a pain killer and a short (half/one hour) nap. Three and I need a strong pain killer and a long nap in a dark quite place. Four+ and I'm bedridden till the next morning and I also need a couple of strong painkillers and can't eat anything except soup.

  • bloodman kiiler
    bloodman kiiler 28 days ago

    i get them for 8 to 9 days at a time 😭😵

  • NCR Veteran Ranger
    NCR Veteran Ranger 28 days ago

    I guess that I have on right now.

  • Felix Frank
    Felix Frank 1 month ago

    When i start seeing lightning i know im fucked

  • Bruno Cerri
    Bruno Cerri 1 month ago

    But it's MY grain!!!

    Said the old farmer🍞🍞

  • Chloe M
    Chloe M 1 month ago

    for me it feels like I have lots of pressure in the top of my head and it feels like someone is pressing down on the top of my eyes as well as becoming sensitive to light. I also sometimes get a stiff neck. I've only had the vision thing and been nauseous once in 8th grade (I'm in 10th). I'm also currently on day two of one and have to miss half a day of school

  • Raisha Zahra
    Raisha Zahra 1 month ago

    When your having a migrane right now but you can't control it and it's just getting worse

  • RachelRose__
    RachelRose__ 1 month ago

    I has migraines like every month luckily it's been a few months and haven't got one. They're miserable 😭

  • jansaeipathy
    jansaeipathy 1 month ago

    My migraines happen when I'm in school where everyone is so noisy and people will not leave me alone then they get mad when I scream at them. Just imagine being in school for 7 hours with migraine.

  • Frost Night
    Frost Night 1 month ago

    My mom got these as a teen. She always got annoyed when people would get bad head aches and call them migraines

  • Joseph Morigeau
    Joseph Morigeau 1 month ago

    Who also came here from TØP's Migraine

  • sanjuansteve
    sanjuansteve 1 month ago

    I used to get migraine headaches brought on by pressure changes until I got into amateur boxing. Never got them again. I had TMJ that it resolved for me too. :D My sister had her upper palate relocated and my mother had her jaw re-set to fight TMJ and my older sister has suffered from migraines all her life.

  • Farsgokkejern Andreasen

    I have it all :( and i was tested for all

  • Christopher Solares
    Christopher Solares 1 month ago

    I hate migraines. Lights are hell, my vision is distorted, I get nauseous, etc. It's fucking hell

  • 000snow000
    000snow000 1 month ago

    I find that if I take painkillers as soon as I feel the first symptoms I can sometimes stop it in its tracks. sometimes.

  • cocoshpee
    cocoshpee 1 month ago

    i have a migrain almost evry day

    • cocoshpee
      cocoshpee 23 days ago

      no i dont sorry i get bad headaches evryday

  • Alfredas simply
    Alfredas simply 1 month ago

    For all of you that gets migrenes, USE "CPILIAR" (it really helps) or some other medicine for capillary vessels!!!!!!!!!

  • Pixel Heart
    Pixel Heart 1 month ago

    When people ask you how you're so tired after sleeping through a migraine and you have to explain why migraine sleep isn't real sleep. 😂

  • Elle Frostever
    Elle Frostever 1 month ago

    Is it possible to get a migraine without the headache? I have most of those symptoms accompanied by dizziness at times.

  • Ilikegames
    Ilikegames 1 month ago

    Sharing this video to show everyone's pain that I have to go through every piece or twice a month

  • Ilikegames
    Ilikegames 1 month ago

    I have had all the symptoms listed and the some including muscle spazums, hallucinations, and flashbacks I get complex migraine which tend to be really bad

  • Bad Gift
    Bad Gift 1 month ago

    migraines suck.

  • Vegas Tan
    Vegas Tan 1 month ago

    I wish I could give a simulation of migraine effects to people who say they have migraine when all they have is just bad headache. Like fuck! Don't you fucking compare a headache with a migraine! Go drive a car when you have a migraine and tell me if its NOT THAT BAD! Fuck you "headache" people!

  • rjjj05
    rjjj05 1 month ago

    I thought it was just a song

  • for him
    for him 1 month ago

    neither of my parents get migraines but here I am with chronic migraines

  • Robin McKee
    Robin McKee 1 month ago

    Can you do a video on Cluster Headaches? I have them and would like to know more.

  • SxcLibrarian
    SxcLibrarian 1 month ago

    I used to get migraines but I stopped eating food with MSG and went to a chiropractor for a few months. Didn't work for everybody but it worked for me.

  • Sarah Brower
    Sarah Brower 2 months ago

    I once asked my brother to be quieter, he said tough it up cus his thighs were chaffed... I almost vomited on him in retaliation.

  • josh owens
    josh owens 2 months ago

    my doctor prescribed me a medication for my migraines cause I would get them chronically and it would kill it within an hour. best discovery in the world!

  • Cameo Shadowness
    Cameo Shadowness 2 months ago

    This happens to me often.

  • Daneesh
    Daneesh 2 months ago

    thank you for this, just sent this video to my family coz sometimes they just don't understand

  • Maggie Wolff
    Maggie Wolff 2 months ago

    In high school one of my teachers got a lot of migraines, especially during the last few hours of school. I always felt so bad for her. She would always put her head down on her desk before class started, and you could tell she was in a ton of pain. I offered her ibuprofen, but she had a blood condition and couldn't take it. My family never bought any Advil, so I couldn't really help her besides lowering my voice. Despite the pain she was in, my teacher would always teach the class. She was awesome.

  • Dominique Mayer
    Dominique Mayer 2 months ago

    Does anyone else see black spots when they experience migraines?

  • Luke Burr
    Luke Burr 2 months ago

    I actually get so furious when you get a migraine and someone is like "oh yeah lol I get those too they're not nice" like no... they're worse then "not nice" they're a week of torture and suffering and another week of not being functional

  • spange bab
    spange bab 2 months ago

    My vision was blurry and I couldn't hear properly

  • spange bab
    spange bab 2 months ago

    I had a migraine in public and I had to sleep and we had to leave the pub early it was so bad 😭

    ANNETTE TABI 2 months ago

    Ohhhh ......this man!!! i just love to listen to you. Very interesting and funny!!!

  • SnipingPipe
    SnipingPipe 2 months ago

    Who else has sneezed during a migraine?

  • The Chaotic Phoenixx
    The Chaotic Phoenixx 2 months ago

    I've always had migraines when I wake up and it is the awfulest shit.Especially on school days.
    So bad that days I have migraines I actually miss school because basic actions like getting out of bed, walking or eating, are just impossible to do because of the severe nausea i get.I have to hold onto the walls to get anywhere, try not to fall down the stairs, all while my head feels like it's going to explode and I try not to throw up with every step.
    Laying down and accepting this nightmare is my only relief from it.

  • Brett Olivella
    Brett Olivella 2 months ago

    I've never had a headache and can't find a reason why..pleeeeaaasssee explain why

  • Hunter Belch
    Hunter Belch 2 months ago

    they feel like needles in your nerves. like someone sank a thousand needles through your skull and into your undisturbed brain. and the brain is so rarely disturbed it doesnt know what to do. complete overload of the senses. a physical shut down of the body because the only thing the brain can think about are these fucking needles being pushed deeper. and deeper.

  • PeriKoala
    PeriKoala 2 months ago

    My migraines get so bad that I puke, and I know the horrible heaving is coming every time the pain kicks in T~T

  • Tayah Flint
    Tayah Flint 2 months ago

    With migraines I usually have aura that blocks part of my vision and I have to close my eyes. I also get nausea.

  • Tayderr
    Tayderr 2 months ago

    Ha finally us men don't have to bad end of the deal

  • Mary Nauta
    Mary Nauta 2 months ago

    I had a weird migraine once and I was convinced I was having a stroke.

  • Colin Byrne
    Colin Byrne 2 months ago

    I watched this because I was at a birthday party today and someone had to leave because they got a migraine. I felt so bad because I have only gotten one in my life and that was when I was really little so I didn't understand🙁

  • Chel Tsunami
    Chel Tsunami 2 months ago

    Isn't anyone gonna talk about twenty one pilots?? 😐

  • James Mallinson
    James Mallinson 2 months ago

    you can tell this is old because of the shitty green screen

  • Lily_the_ Aussie_girl
    Lily_the_ Aussie_girl 2 months ago

    I just sleep and it goes

  • Ginelle The Loremaster

    I have chronic migraines from bad genetics! Yay!

  • Ayenate' Lawson
    Ayenate' Lawson 2 months ago

    I take an SSRI and if I miss a dose or am late, I get an insane migraine. I can't even look at my phone or listen to music.

  • Zara Hoffman
    Zara Hoffman 2 months ago

    I get migraines and THANK YOU for giving me a link to direct people to now when they call it a bad headache.

  • Past Monster
    Past Monster 2 months ago

    It really helps me to take a shower for a migraine

  • Lana
    Lana 2 months ago

    I do get occasional migraines that are triggered by sleeping in and have never been severe. More of an annoying headache that is sometimes accompanied by mild nausea. Typically just popping an excedrin will take care of it, otherwise it'll last about a day. I've known people that have had severe migraines so I've seen the effects they can have and have to consider myself lucky.

  • K9 YLVA
    K9 YLVA 2 months ago

    I sometimes have migraines at school when I am in the lunch line, so it usually only happens when I am hungry. Don't ask. Yes I'm weird like that. :)

  • Friday We Are Awesome
    Friday We Are Awesome 2 months ago

    soundslike the guy from crash course

  • J Black
    J Black 2 months ago

    You know when you close your eyes really hard or rub them really hard, you see colors and shapes? I get that during migraines when I close my eyes so it's extra miserable because it makes it hurt worse

  • Brandon Burchatz
    Brandon Burchatz 2 months ago

    I go practically blind. Then I can see again. Then the PAIN sets in.

    Much fun! Such ow.

  • Thoughtfull Oreo
    Thoughtfull Oreo 2 months ago

    my hands get numb whenever I have a migraine

  • *Mare Gryff*
    *Mare Gryff* 2 months ago

    My first migraine i had was in school when i was 11, i was to weak to even hold a pencil.

  • Daniel Singery
    Daniel Singery 2 months ago

    As a victim of migrains myself, I can verify that this is quite accurate

  • Gregor McIntosh
    Gregor McIntosh 3 months ago

    Is it bad that I get literally every single one of these symptoms?
    But then mine don't seem to last for 4 hours most of the time. it's usually just a hectic and painful 2 hours of agony followed by feeling weak and sick for a while

  • stewietsheking
    stewietsheking 3 months ago

    I had a migraine just the other day. Felt like somebody was stabbing me in the head. Tried to take tylenol, but ended up seeing them again shortly after, still only half dissolved. Some people try cold rags, i buried my head in a pillow and just hoped to pass out again. These things are no joke.

  • cet 96
    cet 96 3 months ago

    referring to the aura section- i haven't had a migraine in years, but on the rare occasion i got one the only symptom listed here i experienced was blurred vision, and i mean very, very blurred. Would start in patches, where a few spots are blurred and spread. When possible, i could barricade myself in my room with lights out and head buried in my pillow. That would would, and i wouldn't have to go though hrs of pain :D

  • Gabriel Williams
    Gabriel Williams 3 months ago

    Kill me I have terrible migraines every day the pills make worse. A dollar a day prevents people from migraines every day donate now becuz it doesn't help we are just trying to get your money

  • realcolataste97
    realcolataste97 3 months ago

    i suffers from migraine with aura and it's the worst thing ever in my life

  • NessaWyvern
    NessaWyvern 3 months ago

    I find that for a month after I have had a migraine, I would get carsick waaaay more easily.

  • Mrs Green
    Mrs Green 3 months ago

    I have found my place in the internet you are all my people let's have a convention where we all get together just so we can unanimously sympathise with each other

  • Mary Murphy
    Mary Murphy 3 months ago

    I've never made the this connection before but our also sounds like pregnancy.

  • Armand Alegg
    Armand Alegg 3 months ago

    I get the "scintillating scotoma" (in a black and white zigzag pattern) a few times a year, but I haven't had a migraine since 2007. I just try to drink some water and get rid of some wind. When I had a migraine I would belch a lot but couldn't break wind. Intestinal gas seems to magnify any other aches and pains so it surely exacerbates headache too.

  • Mia Hansen
    Mia Hansen 3 months ago

    As a migraine sufferer, I can't even begin to explain how much I love the title of this video.

  • Jeimi Franco
    Jeimi Franco 3 months ago

    I have no vision but still get ocular pain during a migraine. Sucks.

  • Yunaii 00
    Yunaii 00 3 months ago

    Whenever i get a migrain i can not function anymore... My vision gets worse, every sound and light hurts, smells make me extremely nauseous. Plus i can o ly sit perfectly straight without looking down more then about 10° because then it gets even worse... :/
    Yet my work forced me to continue working a few times, because "it's just a bad headache". I worked in retail... :/ As a cashier. Mainly during the busiest hours. Staring at a computer screen all day...
    Glad i don't work there anymore

  • Francie Mc Cool
    Francie Mc Cool 3 months ago

    ive suffered migraines since i was young i used to vomit when i was younger i couldn't keep food down if i tried eating i was sick. but now i just get headaches with blurry vision and cant sit in light

  • Tramithic
    Tramithic 3 months ago


  • el cucumber
    el cucumber 3 months ago

    Ahhh, the advantages of being a male...

    Also don't forget the disadvantages

  • Izzy Conley
    Izzy Conley 3 months ago

    I have a migraine right now it's been going on since I woke up it's now 7 pm

  • Kennybarr 98
    Kennybarr 98 3 months ago

    I have chronic migraines. I have a migraine 24/7. I dont get a break from them. I have had one solid migraine since I was 2. I can't tell you how bad mine get at times.

  • Drago
    Drago 3 months ago

    kill me now

  • Self-replicating whatnot

    So, if you can stop it with pain meds it's not a migrane?

    XCITYWHITEBOY 3 months ago

    I'm 14 I get daily migraines and I take a very expensive medicine called rizatriptan It works really well for anyone else who has migraines you should ask your doctor

  • Hannah Lehat
    Hannah Lehat 3 months ago

    I get migraines during PMS and it usually lasts 3 days

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