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To pierce or not to pierce…

I’m celebrating a milestone… 1 month without a migraine!!!!!

I’ve been a sufferer since my early teens who was first diagnosed with Classic Auras and then later with “silent“. I’d get them about 4 – 5 times a month and would either end up in bed for a day or so or the lately, the hospital. I started researching alternative and natural methods because I wanted to get away from all the drugs that I seem to be pouring into my body. I came across an article about piercing and it caught my attention. A lot of people were talking about the wonders of getting the Daith of their ear pierced (this is the weird triangular looking cartilage area inside your ear right by your canal.) I started looking it up on different sites and there were a lot of pros and cons. I called various tattoo & Piercing shops and actually spoke to a few people who had gotten it done. I spent almost 2 months researching before I decided that I wanted to try it. Now all I had to do was get the courage up to go do it. I’ve had my upper ear cartilage done and I knew how much that had hurt so I was anticipating pain.

Another month and a few more migraines later I finally decided enough was enough. I’d just gotten through 3 days of intense searing pain over my left eye and no meds seemed to help. I ended up at the shop with my daughter for support and had a consultation with the guy who was going to do it. He said most people got the piercing on the side that they seem to have the most pain so I opted for my left. The shop was very clean and he showed me each piece of equipment as he took it out of the sterilizer. All new opened right before my eyes. He had me lay on my side and told me I might feel a pinch and that I should take a deep breath on the count of 3. He counted…1…2.. and on 3 stuck the curved surgical needle through. Except for the initial zing of the tip of the needle touching my skin it never hurt at all.

So, for the past month I’ve been waiting…. waiting for the auras, the pain, the pressure.. but guess what, nothing. I, who’ve been having 4-5 raging migraines a month had nothing. I know the skeptics are going to say it’s all psychological but if it is I’m happy with that.
I’ve gone a month with no Tylenol, no Advil, no Frova, no trips to the hospital. I’m sleeping better. Smiling more. Participating in family activities and even my co workers have noticed a positive difference in my mood and interactions (hadn’t told them at first).

So to pierce or not to pierce?  Well, for me it was a life changing decision that gave me back me. For you, it’s a personal choice and you have to do the research to figure out if it’s the right decision for you.

Good Luck!

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Comments

  • Michele
    2 years ago

    I had mine done just over a year ago by a very knowledgeable piercing artist. Between the daiths and essential oils I’ve managed to keep migraines under control with the exception of two in the past 5 months. The key is hitting the acupressure spot correctly. I find if I’m feeling initial symptoms, I gently massage the piercings and it helps also.

  • RBarker
    2 years ago

    I got mine about 6 months ago & at first it didn’t seem to work, but now I haven’t had a migraine since 4 months ago, just a few quickly-handled headaches!

  • KatAlena
    3 years ago

    I am 3 months and counting without a full on attack since getting my daith piercing!!! I was a 5-6 migraines a month, with aura and lasting at least 2 days. I’ve had 2 days with aura but no pain, and a couple sinus headaches but nothing Tylonol couldn’t handle…. which is a first in the 20 years I’ve been suffering with Migraines. I was a HUGE SKEPTIC about this, but I’m headed back next month to get the other ear done. I haven’t had ANY PAIN WHATSOEVER on my right side, which is where I got the piercing and usually my predominant pain side.

  • Leilani Siplon
    3 years ago

    Where can you get the procedure done? At the earring stand at the mall? Or ask my neuro?

  • KatAlena
    3 years ago

    I would research the most reputible place in your area. Make sure they are familiar with the location and reason for the piercing. Do not get it done at a mall stand. Make sure they use surgical sanitation practices and jewelry.

  • Sunni W author
    3 years ago

    I got mine done at a tattoo & piercing studio.

  • MrsCatanzaro81
    3 years ago

    I’m so happy to hear that you had such awesome results from the Daith piercing! I, unfortunately, did not get the same results. I’ve had mine for about a year and a half, and in that time, they have been no more than a cool looking piercing. Although I must say, I am a rare case! I don’t want to discourage others from trying it based on what I say.
    I have a brain disorder called Chiari Malformation. Chiari is the cause if my Chronic Migraines and unfortunately NOTHING has helped them. I have had a never-ending migraine for over 2 and a half years. Because my migraines are caused by something different then most migraines, most migraine treatments don’t touch mine. I’ve tried everything from Botox, acupressure, every medication available, aromatherapy, and so much more… including the Daith piercing.
    I got the piercing in both ears since my migraines are all over. I figured if they didn’t work, at least they would look neat! Unfortunately they didn’t touch my migraines, but I have heard a lot of great results from others who have tried the piercing.
    Congratulations, I’m very excited for you (and a tid bit jealous lol)!

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi, MrsCatanzaro81. We’re sorry to hear that you haven’t found any relief with daith piercing or the other therapies you’ve mentioned. We want you to know that you’re not alone, and we actually have many discussions regarding Arnold-Chiari Malformations, too many to list individually, but you’ll find them all at the link. Hopefully, they will present some information that you’ll be able to discuss with your doctor, and will bring you some relief. We’re sending you our best wishes, and keeping you in our thoughts.Thanks for reaching out and being part of the community! -All Best, Donna (Migraine.com team)

  • MrsCatanzaro81
    3 years ago

    I forgot to add in my list of things I’ve tried to treat my migraines… I’ve also had 2 brain surgeries in an attempt to correct the problem, but they also failed to do the trick.

  • kim716
    3 years ago

    I hope this doesn’t discourage anyone from trying the piercing. I just wanted to share my experience. I got my piercing back in November and for the first few months I could tell a difference. The migraines didn’t go away, but the daily pressures and short-lived pains didn’t happen. The full-blown migraines I did have seemed less intense and were easier to treat… until March. Then they came back with a vengeance. I don’t know what changed, maybe it was the season change. But I’m back to where I was pre-piercing. I don’t regret having it done and I’m not going to take it out.

    I wish all the best for those who are having good luck with it and for those who want to try it.

  • Tuckgirl01
    3 years ago

    I just had mine pierced yesterday evening. I didn’t have a full blown migraine but was experiencing pre migraine tightness and did have a headache. As soon as the piercing was done my headache & tightness was gone instantly. I woke up this morning with no pain or tightness that I usually wake up with. Now only time will tell if this will continue to help but in my opinion I’ve already gotten my money’s worth ($32 including jewelry, aftercare solution and the tip for my piercer).

  • Ami
    3 years ago

    Do you get the Auras too? My migraines seem to be mainly hormone induced but sometimes stress or anxiety, bad eating, bad sleep schedule and those sorts of things. I have tried everything but botox is what I would say until this evening after reading this one. I’d stick a needle in my eye every time I got one if it would just go away and all the side effects right then so I could go back to what i was doing. Oh I also saw those Axon migraine glasses. Those look interesting .

  • KatAlena
    3 years ago

    That’s exactly what happened to me. I was headed towards a bad attack and was watching my speckly aura in the lights when she pierced it. They vanished and the pain in my head and neck went away too. I started crying, not from pain but from the relief. I’m 3 months in and still no migraine!

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi KatAlena! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We’re so glad that you found such significant and immediate relief. Sending you good wishes! -All Best, Donna (Migraine.com team)

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Tuckgirl01! It’s wonderful to hear that you had such an immediate result. Thanks for sharing with the community, and keep us posted! -All Best, Donna (Migraine.com team)

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Sunni W,
    Thank you greatly for taking the time to share you results with the daith piercing! Community members very regularly continue to inquire about this procedure. I am THRILLED to learn that you are so far experiencing “life changing” results…that is just awesome! May these pain free days continue! Good luck & keep us posted on how things are going.

    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Sunni W author
    3 years ago

    Thanks for the reply Joanna. It’s truly been a blessing. It will be 2 months tomorrow and still no pain. I have felt mild tension on my right side so I’m pretty sure I’m going back to get the other side done too.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    SO wonderful Sunni W!! Be sure to let us know how the 2nd piercing goes as well (if you decide to do it)!

    We look forward to hearing back!
    Stay well,
    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Luna
    3 years ago

    Very interesting. Please update us in a few months. Thanks.

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