Tuesday, August 30, 2016
On April 7, 2016 I posted on Facebook that I had a migraine and that I was on my way to the doctor to try and find some relief. I was having 3-5 migraines a week. Some would only last a few hours and some would last for days. Sometimes I could find relief by taking medications (either prescription or over the counter), using ice packs, laying down in a completely dark and cool room and sometimes I would find myself in the ER because nothing would ease the pain.
A few people responded to my FB post and told me about the Daith Piercing. What were these people talking about? I had never heard of it. So I googled it! There is a lot of information about it, but there is very little research. I read everything I could find and talked to a few people that had it done.
When I woke up on Friday, April 8, I still had a migraine, so that is when I decided to have it done. I went to a tattoo parlor close to our home that someone recommended. The place was very clean and the people were very professional. I told them what I wanted done and I filled out some paperwork and within a few minutes I was taken back to a room. Mikie introduced himself and showed me everything that he was going to use and how it was done. He marked my ears (I had both of them done - I'll explain later why) where the piercing would be done and then had me lay down. He did the right ear first. That wasn't so bad. Hurt a little, but it was done. On to the left ear. OH.MY.GOODNESS. The left one hurt really, really, really BAD! I thought he was going to have to pry me off the ceiling!!
The reason why I had both ears done - I read that you should pierce the ear on the side where you usually get your migraines. I usually get them on the left side, but I didn't want to take a chance that the migraines would move to the right, so I had both of them done. I'm thinking the reason the left one hurt so bad is because that's the side my migraines were on and I had one at the time. After he pierced my left ear my migraine was gone......Also, the pain from the piercing only lasted for a few seconds.
It has been over 4 months since the piercing and I have been migraine/headache free since that day! I have had 2 "episodes" since the piercing. I'm really not sure how to explain these. Sometimes right before a migraine I would get "auras" - flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines, or stars. That happened about a month after the piercing. I just knew they were back. It happened on my way home from work. So as soon as I got home, I got my ice pack and headed for bed. I stayed like that for about 30 minutes and it was gone and no migraine followed!!! The second one I started getting pressure around my eyes and my eyes hurt like they did when I got a migraine. The pressure moved down to my neck and shoulders. I took a couple of aleve and twisted the earrings a little and within an hour it was gone.
So if you suffer from migraines, headaches or anxiety, I highly recommend the daith piercing. It has worked for me so far. I just wish I had known about this 30 years ago!!!