Migraine sufferers are no strangers to pain. These debilitating, agonizing attacks are often dismissed as mere headaches by those that don't understand. However, for the legions of people that count migraines as part of their lives, they can be living a nightmare. One British woman has gone viral after sharing a simple hack that relieved her symptoms after just 20 minutes. In a Facebook post, Elizabeth Hayes explained that she had been suffering for 12 hours when her migraine reached an unbearable point.
"I had exhausted all of my drugs and tricks I usually use to ease my migraines to no avail," explains Hayes. After catching a glimpse of a chip clip on the kitchen countertop, she decided to place it on the pressure point between her thumb and forefinger. The effect was almost instant. "In one minute I had some relief, and within twenty my pain was reduced by half." Hayes already knew about the pressure point called LI-4 or Hegu, which is situated at the base of the thumb and index finger. In alternative medicine, it's believed that applying pressure to this area can help to alleviate pain caused by headaches and migraines.
While Hayes picked up a simple chip clip she had laying around, a household peg from the washing line can be just as effective. Products specially designed for this purpose are also available on Amazon or eBay. Migraine affects 39 million people in the U.S. alone, and around one billion people worldwide. As one of the world's most common neurological illnesses, researchers are constantly trying to work out what can be done to help. There are hundreds of drugs on the market, varying from preventative daily medication to medicines taken at the onset of an attack. Despite this, no one really knows what causes migraines, and what may work to help one person may not work for another.
Many sufferers choose to look into alternative therapies, so it's no surprise that Hayes' post has gained over 81k likes, 230k comments, and 292k shares since first appearing in February. It may have been posted some months ago, but this nifty little trick is still making waves.