From 20+ migraine days a month to 6…

I will try to make this short, but thought it would help to share how I managed to cut the frequency of my migraines to 1/4 the amount.

I am 27, and a mother to two rambunctious kids, ages 3 and 5. I’ve had migraines for 20 years now this year. Being 7 with an occasional migraine wasn’t fun, but it was better than last year. I had severe migraines almost every single day.

At 24 I had a MRI done to confirm that it was “just a migraine” and not some underlying horror.

So at 26, I didn’t expect them to get to the point that I couldn’t function. I knew my triggers and avoided all of the avoidable ones. I cut every ounce of caffeine, sugar, fake sugar, yeast, alcohol, etc…. Yet even without hormonal spikes or weather changes, I was still bed bound. Medication has never helped me. I also drink plenty of water. My kids needed me.

I decided to try the daith peircing, and I went 24 days migraine free! Then hormones took over and I had a mild migraine that lasted 22 hours. I was so happy that I could still move and be a mom.

It has been 10 months, and I now only get mild to moderate migraines when I am ovulating and during my period. The total days per month is now at a steady 6. Weather doesn’t effect my migraines anymore. Stress does, but not as severely unless I already have the start of one coming on. I have only had one severe migraine.

I highly recommend getting the daith piercing, but still hydrating and avoiding triggers.

My next step is going to be trying cbd oil to see if I can be migraine free without side effects.

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  • Doug
    2 years ago

    That is awesome!

    I had chronic migraines, which started with a migraine that went non-stop for about 2 months before it “settled” to around 20-25 days per month. I was able to cut it to about 10 days per month with amitriptyline (the 4th med I tried).

    I am still horribly affected by the weather. We get times where major storm fronts are coming through one after another, and they can create clusters of headaches that last for longer than a typical acute migraine cycle.

    I am considering the daith piercing to see if it will help with the weather trigger and cut down my amount of migraine days, which is still 8-15 days per month. I have several concerns though:

    1) I am a man, and–while I don’t buy into gender stereotypes about things like piercings–I have never had a piercing before, so it is entirely new territory for me.
    2) I work in an environment where it would get a lot of attention. It wouldn’t likely affect my work or job status, but would be a significant annoyance.
    3) I am concerned about the risk of infection. My immune system is especially vulnerable to bacterial infections. I have had ear infections, chronic sinusitis, styes, etc. throughout my life. I feel like if I put a hole in my ear, bacteria will have a field day.
    4) Like Tarmara said in her comment, I have not see enough reports of long term results. I want more data before I will consider it to be worth the trouble.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is definitely helpful to hear how this is working for others.

  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    So glad it works for you!! Very few people actually report long term results – only that is seems to work after (and then is it actually working or placebo?). I have done eat acupuncture (tiny needles that remain in your ear for up to a week) that works on the same assumed pathway as the daith piercing. Didn’t make any difference for me at all.

    How bad was the healing? I’m thinking of trying it (just to shut up people). But I sleep on my side and scared that it will be too sore for months before it heals.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Mrs. Summer, thanks so much for sharing your experience with daith piercing with the community. We get tons of questions about daith piercings so it’s awesome when members share their personal stories. We’re glad you’re part of the community! -Warmly, Donna (Migraine.com team)

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