A migraine is more than just a headache. Living with chronic migraines can have greatly impact your overall quality of life and hinder your ability to carry out certain tasks.
Severity varies from person to person but most sufferers report "throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting." In more serious cases, individuals have experienced vision loss as well as speech problems.
There are a number of treatment options for the 30 million Americans who suffer from this incapacitating headache but one in particular have been getting the attention of people everywhere.
Daith piercing, the trendy ear cartilage piercing has reportedly been linked to alleviating migraines.
There are no medical basis for this claim, however, many experts and patients claim that the piercing which goes through the ear's innermost cartilage fold works in the same way as acupuncture - it targets a pressure point to reduce pain.
Nicole Bandes, an Arizona-based managing director took to Facebook to share her experience after getting the piercing in hopes to reduce her migranes.
“I’ve seen a reduction in frequency and intensity of my migraines where nothing else seemed to help. My husband noticed it before I did (and that’s saying something). Maybe I just wasn’t willing to admit that it was actually working," wrote Nicole.
Nicole isn't the only one coming forward with a daith piercing success story.
Natalie Thompson advocated for the piercing while appearing on BBC Radio Leicester. She said that her headaches have been reduced from a "five or six out of 10 down to a three."
“It’s still there, I’m not headache free. I’m still on the medication and I haven’t changed anything that the consultants have given me. But since the piercing it has dropped considerably,” she added.
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