I have suffered with migraines for a whopping 16 years. I’ve tried everything, I see a neurologist and am on a triptan (form of migraine medicine) to take when they’re coming on. Over the last few years, though, I’ve had to take 3-4 migraine pills before my headache stays away. Migraines are brutal……. that’s for sure. A few months ago, my brother-in-law mentioned something to me about getting my daith pierced as a way to relieve migraines. I brushed it under the rug because I had tried everything! I finally found that the triptans worked, and I had just accepted the fact that I was to live with them. About a week ago, I saw a blogger friend of mine, Shelley, share her amazing results from me and thought that maybe I should give it a whirl. It took me a week to build up to actually getting it done, but I finally did!
I wanted to share some details about my migraines and then share more information about the daith piercing. Please note that this post is not medical advice, everyone has their unique situations. This piercing may work for some and not for others. In my opinion, I decided to try it because what do I have to lose?
- My migraines always start on the right temple. This is when I need to take the Zomig or it is untreatable.
- The migraine moves down the right side of my face and into my neck.
- I sometimes have an aura right before one comes on but not all of the time.
- My Zomig makes me sick for about 30 minutes but does relieve the migraine – for about 24 hours and then it’s back and I need another Zomig.
- I’ve had migraines since I was 16.
Migraines are brutal ……. if you have them you know what I mean. I use an ice pack, peppermint essential oil and a dark room. However, that is not always available to me as I have a little one and a full time job. The daith is a part of your cartilage in your ear that is known to be a pressure point for migraine relief. The belief is that if this is pierced, the pressure in your head is relieved, therefore ridding the migraines.
I got mine done recently and the first thing everyone asks is “Did it hurt?” Yes, it did but not nearly as bad as I anticipated it to hurt. It was more of an uncomfortable pressure. A friend of mine and I went to Ink Wizard here in Southern Maryland and Samantha pierced our daiths for us! She was so nice and informative. She was quick and accurate too with the piercing and very thorough in explaining how to take care of it.
I plan to document my journey with this daith piercing for about a month and then come back and share my results. I know some of my readers suffer with debilitating migraines, so I would like to share how this has helped me, fingers crossed!
Check out Shelley at Sweep Tight‘s story – she has been migraine free because of this piercing for about a month now! She is the one who inspired me to give it a try.