Daith Piercing: 30 Days (and beyond)

Let me let you in on a little secret. I was trying to keep a diary of my headaches/symptoms/no headaches, etc, but I totally forgot after a week. So, I’m doing a post without a daily breakdown like I had planned on doing. 

I’ve had my daith piercings for roughly 6 weeks now. They are not giving me any trouble. My left one appears as though it’s completely healed, and although the right one still get “crusty” and “gross”, I clean it a couple times a day with Bactine and it seems great too. 

And now, for what you really wanna hear.

Have I had any headaches? 

The short answer: No. 

The longer answer: In the six weeks since getting my daith piercings done, I’ve had one headache. One. No migraines. The one headache I’ve had lasted a couple hours and then went away. 

Okay, but how often did I used to have headaches and migraines? 

I used to have daily headaches, and migraines 3-4 times a week that consisted of:

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always felt tense and like I couldn’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously saw lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

I was, six weeks ago and before that, taking Excedrin Migraine and Ibuprofen daily. Daily. Every single day. I haven’t used any over the counter meds since having the piercing done. 

Okay, but will it work for you? 

This is not a “cure-all” method. It worked for me. It’s continuing to be amazing. I’ve had 4 friends get in done since I’ve had mine done and while they’re not all symptom free like I am, they are having less headaches and migraines. One friend, like me, was having headaches daily and migraines 3-4 times a week and has had one bad headache since getting hers done 5 weeks ago. 

Is it just a placebo effect?

I’ve had a few people ask me this and I wanted to laugh in their face, let me be honest. YOU CANNOT – AND WILL NOT – PLACEBO EFFECT AWAY A MIGRAINE. If you have ever had a migraine, you know how ridiculous this statement is. The daith is simply a pressure point that is supposed to help with migraines/headaches. 

Should you get this done? And if so, where?

If you are a chronic headache or migraine sufferer, I would definitely say to try this. It’s  worth a shot – the worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work, and then you take the piercings out. 

Unfortunately, this is not a piercing you can get done in the mall or at a piercing pagoda. This needs to be done at a tattoo or piercing parlor. 

I’m so excited about the success of these piercings that I just want to shout it from the rooftops. I tell everyone about this – and I’ll continue to! 

So long, headaches. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. 

Daith Piercing

I’ve dealt with migraines pretty much since the time I was a mid-teenager, so probably roughly 8 years. These come on anywhere from 3-5 times a week, and the other days are filled with just regular old headaches. I can usually deal with the headaches but the migraines are bad enough they make me feel like I have to puke. 

The only effective way for me to get rid of a migraine is taking migraine medication and then lying down in a completely dark and quiet room for hours at a time. There has only been one instance where I’ve had to leave work early due to a headache, but there were many times when I thought I would have to but just forced myself to work through it. (Easier said than done.) 

Anyway, I read on a few different websites and blogs about the daith piercing and how it was helping people with their migraines. As someone that suffers from them, I would appreciate any sort-of relief that this might be able to offer. So I figured I’d eventually try it, but wasn’t in any rush. 

Yesterday, I saw a girl on Facebook posting about a special she was doing specifically for daith piercings and I decided that I would FINALLY have it done. (Normally I wouldn’t just go to someone that I didn’t know for a piercing but all her reviews on Facebook were 5-Stars so I figured it wouldn’t be bad!) 

First and foremost, let me tell you what my migraines consist of and what I deal with when I have them.

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always feels tense and like I can’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously sees lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

How I usually “cure” it 

  • If I’m home, I take 2 Excedrin migraine and go lay down in my bedroom with my door closed, all lights off, and the window blinds down 
  • If I’m at work, I take 800 mg ibuprofen and drink as much coffee as I can get access to (caffeine is supposed to help!) and turn off the lights of my office.

The Piercing Itself

  • The left ear when she pierced it BARELY hurt. It was like the easiest piercing I ever had. Steph, who did my piercing, was AMAZING and talked me through the whole thing! The right ear was a lot more painful. I don’t know why but it was also the ear that bled (the other one looked healed the minute I got it pierced and never even bled!) 
  • She used a needle to pierce the ear, not a “gun” like they do at the Piercing Pagoda. I saw the needles before she pierced me and they were not all that large. (I had my nose pierced when I was eighteen and that needle was MASSIVE). 

I went to get my piercing done last night and didn’t have any headache/migraine symptoms after that. This morning, I didn’t wake up with even the slightest headache (which I almost always do). The only symptom I have today is a little bit of light sensitivity which might have to do with the fact that I sit in an office with fluorescent lighting. 

Keep checking back – I’ll be posting a 30 day update in September!