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!