Migraines have been plaguing my life for almost twenty years now. I've have periods of relief but for the last year they've been back at least weekly. After hearing about daith piercing for migraines, I decided to give it a try. This post is solely meant to share my experience for informational purposes.
Daith Piercing for Migraines
It's becoming sort of a trend lately. With an outrageous amount of people suffering from migraines–I think the last stat I read said 1 in 4 Americans suffer from Migraines–it's no wonder we're desperate for relief. There is no science (yet) to back up the claim that daith piercing helps migraines, but in my case I figured I didn't have much to lose. Plus, this is actually pretty cute. I can't wait to be able to play with new jewelry.
The theory is based in acupuncture. There is a pressure point that acupuncturists target located on the daith that has been found to relieve the pain caused by migraines and severe headaches. Piercing this spot can sometimes provide the same or partial relief.
One of my close friends spent several months studying acupuncture in China so I asked her opinion on this. She said it's definitely worth a shot. She also suggested that I pierce the same side the pain is on…
About My Migraines
Migraine symptoms can be really unique to an individual and since this daith piercing seems to help mine, I think it's important you know exactly what mine are like. I have described them in detail here too.
- I always have an aura. It's like a zig-zag line somewhere in my line of sight that starts sort of weak and then becomes so severe I can't see at all. It lasts anywhere from 20-60 minutes.
- It is crucial I treat the migraine within this time. I find that 800 mg of Ibuprofen works the best. I am still fragile but able to function for the most part.
- Once the aura lifts, the pain hits and any pain treatments are futile.
- The pain is always on the right side of my head.
- I want to hold my head in my hands and squeeze tight–for some reason this feels amazing.
- 90% of the time I'm extremely light sensitive.
- Sometimes the pain is accompanied by nausea and/or dizziness.
Piercing the Daith
I called around to a couple tattoo/piercing shops in my area and found Big Al's Tattoo Piercing Gallery. I spoke to several of the employees and they were all super friendly and somewhat familiar with daith piercing for migraines. They made sure I knew there was no guarantee this would help my migraine symptoms and that only about half of the people they've tried this with have had some relief.
The lovely Hershey did my daith piercing. She was so sweet and attentive. She asked me exactly what I wanted to be comfortable and asked what I'd like her to say as she's doing the piercing. I chose “take a deep breath.” (LOL) I honestly didn't really know what to expect, but I've had some fairly sensitive areas pierced in the past so I wasn't too concerned.
It didn't hurt much at all. I guess everyone is different. But for me, I just felt a lot of pressure in the area and then a little pinch when we she put the jewelry in. But what was amazing was I felt INSTANT relief in my head. I intentionally got pierced with a migraine to really test this out. The aura had already lifted and I did take 800 mg of IB Profen about an hour prior (during the aura)–which I would NOT suggest before a piercing due to possible issues with bleeding. But I wasn't sure if I was going to actually get there and didn't want to leave the migraine totally untreated because that renders me useless for days. But I still had plenty of discomfort to feel a difference.
The migraine didn't totally go away but I noticed definite relief. My head felt lighter as if some of the pain and pressure was alleviated. I'm super interested to see how this daith piercing helps my migraines over the next few weeks. I'll definitely be back with a full report. 🙂
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.
Would you consider daith piercing for migraines?
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