August 19, 2016 marks the 6 month -iversary of my daith piercing for migraine headaches. If you haven't read about the day I got pierced, check it out. I go into detail about the type of migraine I get so you can see if your symptoms are similar. Because there are no official scientific studies being done on the effectiveness of daith piercing for migraines, I aim to provide my detailed experience. But, keep in mind, I am not a doctor. I am only sharing my story in hopes that maybe I can help someone make the best decision for themselves. As always, talk to your doctor before trying any forms of treatment.
*WARNING* This post contains graphic images that contain blood.
6 Months After Daith Piercing for Migraines
It's been quite a hectic six months! I've done a lot of traveling, gone through some rotten medical crap–both mentally and physically. Off topic, but just to clarify, I had some trauma in my youth that caused me to be psychologically uncomfortable with urinating. I know… TMI. But I wanted to be clear that it wasn't really migraine related. Long story, but in short, because of this I have had a lifetime of bladder and kidney issues. Who knew I just needed a psychologist this whole time?! Man, everything seems to come out in your 30's.
Okay, back to the topic at hand. It's important to note that all the while seeing specialist after specialist and them seeing “migraines with aura” in my chart, I kept pointing out that my ear piercing for migraines was working. Every single doctor was NOT surprised I was experiencing relief. Some just shrugged and commented about how acupuncture has been around for 1,000 years and that it's no shock that a piercing in this area might help. Others said that I was not the first of their patients to try this and have it work.
For the first 31 days I kept a journal of my results after my ear piercing for migraines. I apologize I didn't keep a written version like this for the last five months. Instead I decided to just write things down if I did experience symptoms–implying other days are symptom-free.
May 22, 2016: I was on a press trip in Mexico. I had been swimming in underground rivers, pools, and the ocean. My piercing seemed to be doing just fine. But on the last day of the trip I snagged it on a towel after getting out of the shower. It didn't actually hurt. I would never had noticed had it not been for the blood. I put some antibiotic ointment on it for the next few days and figured it would be fine.
Well, as of August 25th, I've been struggling with this bubble that has formed on the top portion of the piercing. Occasionally it looks like it may be infected so Evan lances it. Clear liquid, a small amount of pus, and blood drain out. I clean it with the salt water solution that was suggested after I initially got it pierced and apply antibiotic ointment.
It is now August 29th and I'm finally starting to see that it's going away. I decided to ditch the antibiotic ointments and try a new method of cleaning my daith piercing. (Preparing the salt water three times a day is sort of a pain and frankly, I just forget.) So, I found an isotonic saline solution wound wash that comes in a spray bottle. I use it on the area three times a day. I don't mess with it at all aside from that. And it is FINALLY getting better.
Because this area lacks blood flow it can take forever to heal. I'm hoping this new method works. And I really should have seen a doctor FOR THIS, but I had so many other things going on, they took priority. Mind you, I never had any fevers or thought I was at risk of serious infection. Again, I honestly forgot about it most of the time because it doesn't hurt at all.
Without further ado, I am thrilled to report that in 6 months, I have only had two actual migraine headaches. They only lasted a couple hours with 600mg of IB Profen. Before this ear piercing for migraines, I was getting FOUR migraine headaches a week and they'd last 24 hours or more. 800mg of IB Profen would only take the edge off.
Prior to these two migraine occurrences, I was going through an exponential amount of stress combined with having hormone issues with my cycle. I don't know what is happening with my lady parts, but my periods are getting farther and farther apart. Pretty sure 32 is a bit young for menopause, but that's a whole other topic.
For me, this ear piercing for migraine headaches has changed my life. Despite any complications, they've been annoying at most. Absolutely nothing compared to the misery migraine headaches inflict. I feel like I have my life back. I am still light sensitive in the respect that I wear sunglasses outside. But I no longer lurk behind dark curtains in the house.
Once I get this rotten bubble thing cleared up, I can't wait to swap my jewelry out for a super cute heart shaped daith piercing ring.
FINALLY! A doctor in London, Dr Chris Blatchley MB BChir, has put together a team of experts to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the daith piercing for migraine headaches. If you've had the piercing done, please take his survey. It takes about 10 minutes. 🙂 Thank you so much! I can't wait to see his results and finally have some real data behind this. As soon as possible, I will share what I can.
If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to post them in the comments below. I'd love to hear about your experiences or concerns.
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