A TikToker has shared a simple household stick that helped them get rid of their migraines in seconds.
Cass Cavanaugh, 21, from Missouri, who is nonbinary, posted a video last month that showed them eating a whole lemon raw. They had been testing out foods to help with their migraines when they discovered lemon helped ease the pain.
One night, they were ‘desperate and panicked’ by intense throbbing and reached for a lemon.
The text on the video, which has nearly 16 million views, reads: ‘fun fact i learned bc i fckd around and found out: if u eat a whole lemon raw it will stop migraines.
The search term ‘lemon stop migraine’ now has more than 42 million views. However, doctors have said there is no evidence that tart or sour foods alleviate migraine pain.
Cass Cavanaugh, 21, from Missouri, who is nonbinary, posted a video last month that showed them eating a whole lemon raw. They had been testing out foods to help with their migraines when they discovered lemon helped ease the pain
‘When you get desperate enough with migraines, you’ll try anything,’ Cavanaugh told NeedToKnowUK.
‘I have medication and other methods: sitting in the dark, cold compress, etc., but [on this occasion] none were working.
‘So one night, I just bit into a lemon hoping it might help, and it did.’
‘I like to call it a lemon lobotomy.’
However, doctors are unsure if this fruit can actually make migraines a thing of the past.
Vascular surgeon Dr Mahyar Maddahali posted a stitch to Ms Cavanaugh’s video and said that lemons may actually cause headaches and migraines.
‘We don’t have enough evidence to confirm,’ he said. ‘Also, lemon is full of tyramine. Tyramine can cause nerve cells to release norepinephrine. It can suddenly increase the blood pressure and more headache.’
Cavanaugh has previously used sour candy for anxiety and figured similar flavors could work for migraines. Psychologists previously told DailyMail.com that foods with intense tastes, such as sour or spicy snacks, can distract the brain from everything else happening around it. That could explain how the tart taste of lemons alleviated pain in Cavanaugh’s head.
Cavanaugh doesn’t eat lemons for every migraine and has made it clear that this is just a temporary fix.
“If you’re experiencing severe migraines, see a doctor,’ they said. ‘Lemons are a temporary fix.’
‘I’m not a licensed medical professional by any means.’
They also urged viewers to stay away from lemons if they have stomach issues, as they found eating lemons gives them a stomach ache.
Cavanaugh doesn’t eat lemons for every migraine and has made it clear that this is just a temporary fix. “If you’re experiencing severe migraines, see a doctor,’ they said. ‘Lemons are a temporary fix. I’m not a licensed medical professional by any means’
A migraine is a type of headache that causes severe, throbbing pain or pulsing, usually on one side of the head. These can last for hours or even days.
The American Migraine Foundation estimates that one in 10 Americans, 39 million, live with migraines.
About 28 million are women and girls, as females are at least three times more likely to suffer from migraines than males.
Some research suggests that decreased estrogen, which usually happens when a woman has her period, could be to blame.
Symptoms vary, but migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound and light.
There are four stages of migraine, though not everyone goes through each one: prodrome, aura, attack, and postdrome.
Prodrome happens one or two days before a migraine attack, and its signs are easy to overlook. Subtle symptoms include constipation, mood changes, food cravings, neck stiffness, increased urination, fluid retention, and frequent yawning, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Some people with migraines have warning symptoms such as an aura, which could be visual disturbances like light flashes, tingling on one side, or trouble speaking.
An aura usually happens minutes to hours before a migraine. They mostly involve visual disturbances like bright spots or flashes of light, but they can also include weakness of numbness in the face or one side of the body, as well as difficulty speaking.
A migraine attack itself lasts anywhere from four hours to three days. For some, they occur occasionally, but for others, they can strike several times a month. Afterward, you may experience postdrome, which makes you feel drained or confused for up to a day.
It’s still unclear what causes migraines, but some triggers include menstruation, drinking alcohol or coffee, stress, not getting enough sleep, changes in weather, certain foods, and medications.
More than 20,000 TikTok users commented on Cavanaugh’s video, particularly those who suffer from migraines themselves.
One person said: ‘Us migraine sufferers come up with the weirdest at-home remedies.’
A user named Nicole wrote: ‘That’s such a migraine thing to try.’
Bronwyn commented: ‘Anyone wondering why the hell you would do that to stop a migraine has never had a migraine.’
‘Gonna try this next time I have a migraine,’ Nebra said.