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If you’re someone who is afflicted with migraines such as myself, I can sympathize with your plight.  I can’t count how many times I’ve had to readjust my migraine medicine because it either doesn’t work, doesn’t work good enough or my body slowly acclimates to it and the medicine becomes less and less effective.  From Maxmalt to Sumotriptan to Rizatriptan.  I’m lucky if I can reduce the pain that makes me want to jump out in front of a bus.  And I’m not talking pain for a couple of hours, I’m talking pain that last for two to three days.  I get the typical aura which I call TV static.  This is the warning that a migraine is starting and I need to get the meds on board and find myself a cold, dark, silent room and a comfy couch or bed because pain like the flames of a million hells will be starting in about 30 minutes.

So after a particularly bad migraine that took me down for three days and left vision disturbance for weeks afterwards, I was desperate to try anything that’s rumored to work.  I continually scout the migraine clinical trials to see if there is anything in my area and unfortunately everything is usually up in Los Angeles.  So when a coworker said that I might try a piercing I was skeptical but also intrigued.  So I got to work researching.  The piercing is called a Daith Piercing.  You’d think it would be pronounced just the way it reads (Day-th) nope.  It’s actually pronounced (Doth).  Basically you get your inner ear cartilage pierced with either a barbell or a ring.  The theory is that there is an acupressure point in this location that is purported to help with migraine pain.  It’s reported that this piercing location should either reduce frequency, severity or eliminate migraines all together.

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Willing to try anything I started watching YouTube videos on people getting their daith pierced.  I saw people who got pierced like it was nothing and I saw people who were screaming in pain during the procedure.  I wasn’t sure how I would react to the piercing, all I knew is that I needed to find the absolute BEST person possible for the job.  So after an extensive search of piercing shops in my area I chose 101 Piercing in Encinitas.  Their reviews were five stars and everyone raved about them.  So no appointment necessary – I committed to getting the piercing on Friday March 10th.

101 Piercing is incredibly clean and their selection of jewelry is amazing! So I selected a titanium ring and a blue sapphire gem.  I’m told what to expect in terms of pain, aftercare and warnings. I sign the waiver and off to the piercing room I go.  The piercer asks if I get dizzy or faint easily and I reply yes I have a thing about needles.  “Okkie dokkie we’ll just have you relax in the chair afterwards for a while just in case.” He tells me to take slow deep breaths in through my nose and out from my mouth.  He makes a little purple mark where the needle will be lined up and tells me to take one more deep breath.  In goes the needle and I barely felt a thing.  I felt pressure, but that’s about it. No screaming, no crying no peeing or pooping!  SCORE! I have heard that the worst was yet to come when they insert the jewelry.  But again, as he’s sliding in the ring I’m not feeling anything that I would consider painful at all.  So my experience of getting a daith piercing has been virtually painless.

Video of the Piercing

So Now the Results So Far:

They say that when you get your daith pierced for Migraines you need to get the piercing on the side that you primarily feel the pain.  Unfortunately for me, my pain is central.  I don’t have a particular side that hurts worse than the other.  This meant that I might possibly need to have both ears pierced to fully help with my migraines. I chose to get my left ear done first as I primarily sleep on my right side.  I also wanted to experience the healing process before I got the other ear done.  Be advised that healing time for a daith piercing can be up to six months!  Once you get the piercing the site will ache for a couple of hours afterwards.  The ache is by no means painful, it’s just a minor dull ache.  But in my experience any ache stopped about an hour after the piercing.  Cleaning it for the first two days was pretty sore.  It did hurt to move the ring with a Q-Tip to clean the area.  However, I’m on day four as I’m writing this and cleaning has become easier and easier and less sore every day.  I still can’t sleep on my left side yet, but I think give it another week and I’ll be able to.

So has it changed anything?  In a nutshell YES.

Unfortunately I got a migraine on Saturday, one day after the piercing and felt so dejected, sad and mad at the same time.  My immediate thought was that the piercing didn’t work.  The migraine started with the typical aura and I took my meds as I usually do BUT instead of being knocked down for hours or days, surprisingly the pain was totally reduced.  I only had the migraine headache for about two hours!  And when I say pain I’ll compare it to pain that I experienced before and after the piercing on a 1 to 10.  BEFORE the piercing the pain was off the scale at an 11.  I wanted to kill myself.  It felt like my head was going to collapse within itself; and that said pain would last for hours on end if not days.  AFTER the piercing, the pain was a 2 and lasted only about two hours!  I was totally functional even with a migraine.  Normally I’d be camped out on the couch in my darkened living room with a cold washcloth over my eyes praying for the sweet kiss of death.  But not this time.  This time I gave Ol’ Death the one-two and went along with my day.  Will all my future migraines be this easy/gentle?  Who knows, but I will say it’s the first migraine that I have ever had in my life where it didn’t feel like an elephant with spiked heels was standing on my head and that my skull was about to implode from the pressure.  I am only four days into my piercing, so I am still learning what the full results of the procedure will be.  But I’ll keep posting on the results as time goes by.

Was the piercing worth it?  HELL YES!

Will I be getting the other ear pierced? HELL YES!  I’m going to wait until my left ear is healed, then I’ll go back to 101 Piercing and get the other side done.

Do I recommend the piercing?  Why not?  It’s just a piercing and in the end it looks totally cute!

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