The REAL Reason for Pain Behind the Eyes

Pain behind the eyes could be your body warning you of shingles. Learn more.

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0:00 Introduction: What causes eye pain?
2:13 What triggers shingles?
4:58 Shingles prevention
5:36 Learn more about how to lower cortisol (stress)!

Many people deal with pain and soreness behind their eyes. Today we’re going to talk about what’s really behind certain eye problems like eye soreness, sensitivity to light, eye strain, or watery eyes.

In many cases, these problems with the eyes are caused by the hypersensitivity of a nerve behind the eyes. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

If you’ve had chicken pox, you have a higher risk of getting shingles later in life. But, before you get shingles, your body may give you certain warning signs of shingles. One of these warning signs is pain behind the eyes and other eye problems. This is because the dormant virus hides in the sensory nerves and waits for the perfect opportunity to come out.

The top triggers of shingles:
1. Cold weather
2. Weather changes (pressure)
3. Stress
4. Vitamin D deficiency
5. Zinc deficiency

It’s key to focus on prevention and keeping your immune system strong by doing certain things, including:
• Getting plenty of sleep
• Exercising regularly
• Lowering your stress
• Consuming a healthy diet (Healthy Keto®)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the underlying cause of pain behind the eyes. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Pamela Melisa Davies on January 16, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Thank you Dr Berg for this information! Very helpful

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 16, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      You’re most welcome!

  2. Candy Kane on January 16, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for the info. Shingles is just one more thing that the fear mongers, I mean medical community, try to scare us with. It’s nice to be educated and know this is something we don’t have to fear and can prevent. Thank you for taking the time to help. I say the video on cholesterol and menopause so added brie cheese and ashwaganda to my daily regimen of eggs and butter.

    • Aqua Fyre on January 16, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Vitamin B – Vitamin C (organic) Vitamin A & E.
      Shingles is multi-valant – so it needs a number of approaches.

    • Micki Kindley on January 16, 2023 at 11:59 am

      Once u get shingles I never forget it

    • Just Me MrB on January 16, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      It’s big pharma.

    • Penderyn on January 16, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      Going out of your way to eat butter sounds a bit odd. It’s not healthy just because it’s slightly better than some oils

    • amisoftau on January 16, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      @Penderyn “It’s not healthy (butter) just because it’s slightly better than some oils”
      No. It’s healthy because it’s a natural fat. And it’s an animal product – so NO plant toxins. Very healthy indeed.
      Fats are the body’s preferred fuel source. The heart muscles for instance run on over 80% FAT for fuel.

  3. Ranzi Yasasvi on January 16, 2023 at 11:30 am

    I was having a severe headache behind my eyes and i saw this video while having the headache. Wow how it ended up uploaded in the right time

    Thanks so much Dr.Berg

    • Aqua Fyre on January 16, 2023 at 11:56 am


    • Cultura Vibe on January 16, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Dr. Berg is always right on time!

  4. Soraya on January 16, 2023 at 11:37 am

    I figured out mine was triggered by hypoglycemia. When I corrected that by following Dr.Berg it stopped. The hypoglycemia problem caused stress and cortisol in my body. Anyway, thanks again Dr.Berg!!!

    • Ro Lachell! on January 16, 2023 at 4:59 pm

      @arpit sharma hyperglycemia is high blood sugars. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugars.

    • Soraya on January 16, 2023 at 5:01 pm

      No hypoglycemia lol. My sugar kept dropping. He has alot of videos on it

    • Soraya on January 16, 2023 at 5:01 pm

      His video on it were very helpful to me.

    • Ro Lachell! on January 16, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      @Soraya yes very helpful,I deal with hypoglycemia as well, especially during fasting even within the first 24 hours.

    • Soraya on January 16, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      @Ro Lachell! Yes. I found that adding more protein helped alot.

  5. Ahmed Al-Bayati on January 16, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Thank you, Dr. Berg, for this unique informative information. I have been suffering most of my life from the pain behind my eyes, but after I followed keto, for over five years, it got reduced noticeably. OMG, it was very severe moments when someone has that kind of pain..

  6. Mary Mary on January 16, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Dr. Eric Berg you are an angel in our lives! I had covid and am grieving the loss of my mother in a very traumatic way. I developed intestinal dysbiosis, panic, anxiety and depression, and the high cortisol levels wrecked my stomach. It becomes a hellish cycle! To make matters worse, all this stress is leading to early menopause, and it’s weakening my immune system causing me to have bouts of herpes and recurrent throat infections. Because of you, I am understanding this whole mechanism and trying to put your teachings into practice. Some doctors just want to know about prescribing meds for sleeping, for depression, stomach meds, synthetic hormones for menopause. Eternal gratitude to you, Dr. Berg! God cover you with blessings!!! 🙏❤

    • The Ministry of Truth KMK on January 16, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      Just curious, were you prescribed benzodiazepines?

    • Anamaria on January 16, 2023 at 4:41 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending healing prayers your way!

    • Derek Dolan Music on January 16, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      Give Dr Berg a Nobel prize!🏆🤞

    • Arina Drakos on January 16, 2023 at 7:04 pm

      How wonderful to know so many people like you experience all the same! 🤓 And how lucky we all r to have a our amazing Dr. Berg ! Eternally Grateful!💝

    • chinookvalley on January 16, 2023 at 7:42 pm

      Did you get a COVID vaccine?

  7. James CPS on January 16, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    hi Dr Berg, I often feel pressure or slight tingling on the right head (area above around right ear) , this has lasted for 6 months intermittently throughout the day. Can you explain what causes this symptoms?

    • Seattle Six on January 16, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      Chronic agitation in a specific area requires diagnostic skills with a series of questions. Way more than can be provided here without making assumptions. For instance, are you in a prolonged state of ketosis? How’s your nutrient intake? What medications are you currently taking? Blood labs help discover how your body is reacting. Ask your family, colleagues and friends for a referral to a good doctor like a nutritionist

  8. • SaltRock on January 16, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    My eyes and top teeth will hurt from sinus congestion. I’ve never had chicken pox even when mom sent me to play with kids that had it. I’m not allergic to much even poison ivy. Thanks Doc!

  9. My My on January 16, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    1) vitamins, 2) strength exercises, 3) identify all the PEOPLE who cause your stress and GET RID OF THEM from your life – not necessarily in that order

  10. Sarah MW on January 16, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Can Dr. Berg please do a video on deficiency or “drying out” of mucosal membranes throughout the body?

    • Christine Schmidt on January 16, 2023 at 7:50 pm

      Yes! This is happening to me. My upper respiratory feels destroyed.

  11. Nutritional News on January 16, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for always delivering valuable content! It’s honestly quite shocking what stress can do to our bodies. Just another great example that healing start from within.

  12. Allan Campbell on January 16, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Dr Berg I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you for this video!! I have been suffering from EXACTLY this pain behind the eyes for years and have been utterly perplexed by it. It seems to strike completely at random so I do not know how to avoid it. It has been slowly getting worse. I used to get over it in a few hours. Recently I have had episodes that go on for 3 or 4 days. The pain is unbearable. I usually get it in only one eye, but it can move over my forehead to the other eye. The eyelid and surrounding tissue becomes swollen and red, constant weeping, constant stabbing pain. Heat gives some relief. Panadol keeps me sane and lets me sleep. I am so relieved that finally I have some clues as to what is going on. Thank you!!

    • Jing Alcantara on January 16, 2023 at 6:01 pm

      Yes! Thank you Dr. Berg and Allan for explaining it exactly how I felt !

    • Remus Pierre on January 17, 2023 at 10:59 am

      You’re welcome anytime

  13. A B on January 16, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    The cold makes sense, my eye aches usually happen as part of headaches from cold triggered spasms in my neck and head muscles, usually need a hot shower to get relief.

    Happens as much from Air conditioning as it does ambient cold or a breeze on a cool day. sometimes a warmed damp hand towel (microwaved for about 20 seconds) provides relief but sometimes need to resort to hot shower, particularly right on head and face.

    Eye pain also results when I spend too much time using smartphone instead of the big screen of my computer. If i persist, the tears start an vision goes blurry. Too much close focus, not enough distance from screen.

    Seems even the big screen smartphones are not a good long term substitute for a computer/laptop.

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  14. Laurel Vance on January 16, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Berg. I so appreciate you and your honesty on health issues vs drugs…(cough cough statins) Haha. Love your sense of humor, too. 😁

  15. CuriousCat on January 16, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you – this is good to know. I’m terrified of shingles after my neighbor had it and I’ve had random episodes (years apart and short-lived) of tenderness under my eyebrow or side of the eye so this is super motivating to continue my Keto and stress free lifestyle 🙂

    • Night Hiker on January 17, 2023 at 1:51 am

      NO- Sugar, NO sugar.

  16. The Ministry of Truth KMK on January 16, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    When I was a kid, I had terrible pain behind my eyes when I was very sick…twice when I had pneumonia, an a few more times when I was sick with unknown ailments. I have also experienced this a few times as an adult. The pain each time has been unbearable.

  17. Julie Larson on January 16, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    My mom has suffered from trigeminal for years. She never gets pain behind her eyes, but shooting pain in her mouth. She has been on so much prednisone and gabapentin that it gave her cirrhosis of the liver. It’s a horrible disease! She passed away in November.

    • Massi lez on January 16, 2023 at 6:01 pm

      Sorry for your loss. Good Mothers are a gift from God.

    • Blue Spruce on January 17, 2023 at 4:15 am

      Oh Julie….how sad it is to lose our moms…my heart is with you. My mother was the 1 person in this whole world that I couldn’t live without. And, God blessed me by letting me have her for 63 years….but, no one is put here to stay….and, at age almost 95, I was trying to help her make it 100, but we lost that challenge….and, it’s now been nearly 5 years ago that I lost my precious mom.
      My life has never been the same since….it’s so hard to lose the one you cannot live without. I’m still here, tho, and the Lord has become my Go-To for everything. He sustains me, and I face each and every day only by prayers for the strength, courage and energy to carry on. It’s not easy! I will be praying for you, Julie, as the Lord leads me.
      Psalm 121 is beautiful and this year is my 5th reading through of the entire Bible. I will never stop reading/studying His Word. It’s a challenge, but deeply worth the effort! God’s blessings to you and, Shalom. 💜🕊💜

    • Julie Larson on January 17, 2023 at 5:46 am

      @Blue Spruce thank you for your kind words. My mom was my best friend . Your story sounds like mine. I don’t know what I would do without my faith in Jesus Christ. Now my sister’s husband just found out he has a type of ALS and has only 18 months to live. So much sadness but we are looking forward to seeing each other again in God’s kingdom. ❤️😘🙏

  18. Laura Swann on January 16, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    Dr. Berg, you are amazing! I got pain over my left eye starting last night and now both my eyes are paining me in that area! I’m going to listen now.

  19. L H on January 16, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    This makes sense. I had chicken pox at age one. I actually had stress induced shingles not once but TWICE in my 20s. I didn’t have the eye pain UNTIL I got a bad cold in the beginning of 2021 (no it wasn’t the Covid yet). Since then my eyes hurt behind and at the top of my orbital bone when my face gets cold (usually sitting in front of the AC in my car). I thought it was migraines because it can cause flashing too. This makes so much sense. Thank you!!

  20. LiveYourLifeExtra on January 17, 2023 at 12:40 am

    When I got covid I had the worst pain behind my eyes. If I moved my eyes in any direction except for staring straight ahead, there was aching and a strenuous pain. I knew there was a reason for it and I believe a severe zinc deficiency as stated on reason #5 was it!

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