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Daith Piercing

  • By kim716

    I’m curious about that also. Because I would be all in for that one. I think I’m going to try it. In the long run a small piercing is a small price to pay. If it doesn’t work, you can always take it out.

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  • By 2ajqdhr

    I have been wondering the same thing. I guess there isn’t anyone with experience with the piercing here.

    I am considering nerve stimulation with the Omega procedure, so the piercing seems a lot less invasive to try first. I wonder if anyone piercing shop can do it or if you have to go to someone who specializes in putting them in for headaches.

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  • By kim716

    Just as a follow up to my earlier post, I went and got the piercing. Even though it may just be a fad and totally bogus, I love it. I only had it done Saturday, and it’s only been 3 days, so I can’t tell if it’s helped yet. I will say that after I had it done Saturday afternoon, it did trigger a mild migraine. But it was very mild and I didn’t even take meds for it. I’ve still had some typical, short-lived pains, but no full-blown migraines. I won’t really have an opinion either way for a couple of months. Then I can say for sure if my # of migraines have decreased.

    2ajqdhr – I went to a tattoo and piercing shop. The lady who did mine said she had done quite a few of them for migraine relief and everyone she had heard back from said it had helped. But I don’t know how reliable that is.

    I’m not usually one to jump on a bandwagon, and to be quite honest, I’ll be totally shocked if it helps at all. But I love the piercing, am desperate and have an open mind.

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  • By Kim

    I had the omega procedure done on dec 1 and it has made my life so much better . So happy I did it . If you have any questions let me know .

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    • By BrandiC

      Kim,

      I am currently researching the Omega procedure and would love some information from you!

      As far as the Daith piercing, I have both sides done. They helped for a little bit, but now my migraines have started popping up in the back of my head 🙁

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    • By Kim

      Brandy

      I had the surgery done and it worked very good . But I had to get it taking out because of a infection in one of the leads . I am very dis appointed about it . I have had migraines since I was 6 years old and have had them daily for about 5 years or more. The best thing about it is that it stopped the rebound headaches for now . It has been 2 weeks since I had it removed and I’m trying very hard not to take meds for all of my headaches but it’s so hard because I don’t want to go full blown migraine. Infection is very uncommon but it happen to me . It made a big difference in my life . I had it for 6 mos and in that time I never had a horrible migraine . I had some but not as bad as the ones that I was having that I just wanted to die and give up on life . I talked to a lot of people at the doctors office where I had the procedure done and most of the people were very happy with the procedure. It is a very big commitment and a painful recovery but I have to say my migraines have been more painful then the recovery was . I don’t know if this helped or not .

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  • By mccauley4246

    I had my daith pierced on Friday. I know it’s not guaranteed to help and I’m ok with that. The worst thing that could happen is I have a new earing or perhaps it may help. Even the piercer made me aware it may not help, he said he’s done a TON of these lately and has heard back and about 60% found relief. Ya, it hurt but if there is a chance it could help with my migraines I’d do it again. In articles it suggests to get the piercing in the ear on the opposite side of your migraines (my migraines are always on the left side, so I got my right ear pierced) So, for me too it triggered a headache. It has only been 4 days but I haven’t had one since that night.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    McCauley,
    Let us know how it goes. I wonder if the odds are better if you get daith piercings on both sides.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By Lexon

    I’m a chronic migraneur and have had migraines for all my working life, almost 20 years now. I know they were getting worse, going from once a month for a few years to 2 a month and finally to at least 1 every week for the last 8 years. When migraines got to 2 a week in early December 2015, I decided to get a Daith piercing. I didn’t have any migraines for the rest of December which was for 3 weeks. I did have a lot of headaches though, something that I don’t get, maybe around 2-3 a week. Although they would never hit the pain scale of a migraine (1 out of 10), they didn’t go away, were an annoyance really and were only received when I took sumatriptan. Ibuprofen or paracetamol just didn’t work. Eventually my headaches settled down, and now maybe have 1 or 2 headaches a month and I rarely take anything. However, I should say I also have a helix piercing so not sure if that may affect my headaches in a good- or bad way. So through January and February this year I was migraine- free.

    I had my first migraine in early March, exactly 3 months after having my Daith pierced. I do remember clearly that my trigger was dehydration and I took my sumatriptan too late, as it had begun with a very strange headache. My headache would go away for a few hours and then come back, and then went away again. This continued all day and by the time I felt the ‘migraine’ symptoms- nausea, right side piercing pain and needing to lie down, it was too late for my meds to work when I took them. My other symptom I used to get with migraines is that once I was caught up in one, I couldn’t eat or drink anything as my digestive system would shut down, making my attack worse and pushing it over 2 days. So even though I had a migraine, this time round I didn’t vomit and could rehydrate and help recover soon. I managed to drink 2 cokes- caffiene delivered this way seems to be the best for me if I catch it in time and by the next day I was ok and back to work without that dreaded hangover, zombie post- migraine attack head when I’m absolutely useless for a couple of days.

    My last migraine was 4 days ago and it was hell, pretty much like my pre- Daith piercing migraines. My triggers- dehydration mostly, I had been out all day as I was on vacation, sun was shining, I was drinking too in the evening, staying up late, not getting enough sleep, time of the month too (I’m female) ….probably behaving like a person who doesn’t ever get migraines and completely ignored my signs. On the lead up, I was having headaches but ignored them as they went away and only came back the next day. So had a massive head crash and wasn’t out of bed for 2 days. I vomited once within 8 hrs of the attack but was able to rehydrate whilst in my attack for the rest of the time. Today, 4 days later, I feel OK for most of the time, just that strange headache that keeps coming and going. I’m really dehydrated still and it feels really sore under my right eyebrow – my tell of an imminent migraine if I don’t do something. I’ve just taken sumatriptan to block this off. I’m hoping that this last one is a blip due to my stupidity in forgetting that I’m a migraineur and always will be. So this could be a cautionary warning to not ignore your symptoms. Easily done when you’ve gone 3 months without having an attack though.

    The space between my last 2 attacks is nearly 3 weeks. Still better than having 2 attacks a week. Maybe it’s placebo, as this would be about the time things should start to fail if it was.. I’m hopeful though that it isn’t.

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  • By JodieDarracott

    I had my daith pierced 9 weeks ago an I have been migraine free the whole time. I use to have 3/4 a week or I would have a constant one for months. Nothing ever helped. The daith piercing is truly amazing and has worked for me. I had the piercing on the same side I have the migraine. Please please please give it a go.

    Jodie

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Wow! That’s fantastic! Please keep us updated in the coming months. We’ve had lots of feedback on this method, both good and bad. I think some (like me) want to hear others’ experience before deciding to give it a go!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By Tuckgirl01

    I did my research. I know its not guaranteed to help migraines. But after reading enough good stuff I decided to try it. I got pierced yesterday evening. I did not 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 were gone. Instantly. I woke up this morning with no pain or tightness that I wake up with most mornings. Only time will tell if this will continue to help but honestly to wake up even just one morning and not reach for medicine is worth the$20 for the piercing, $7 for the aftercare solution and the tip I left the piercer!

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  • By echo757

    A friend talked me into daith piercing in June. I have migraines almost constantly, mostly brought on by changes in barometric pressure. My friend hasn’t had a migraine since we got it done, but I of course was not that lucky. I have noticed that on some days when I would normally have one, I haven’t, or it hasn’t been as bad (my son inherited the same trigger, passed down from my grandmother-some families pass down heirlooms, ours passes down migraines). I had both sides done, since my migraines will settle on either side. At worst, I have 2 new piercings, at best, I had a chance at some relief.
    One thing to think about is if you have ANY sensitivity to nickel, go with gold or titanium. We used surgical stainless at first & I had to get them switched out. Surgical stainless has a small amount of nickel, and even though it is coated, I had a reaction.

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  • By Shelley

    After reading up on the daith piercing I hesitated to have it done. I have had migraines for the last 25 years which have become more frequent and severe. I have been on so many medications without much relief. I rarely go more that 3-4 days without a migraine or a really bad headache. I wasn’t sure at my age and my profession that I wanted a piercing that most younger people seem to have. After debating back and forth I decided to have it done. I didn’t have a migraine when it was done and i haven’t had a migraine since. One evening I felt the symptoms of one coming and decided to try Excedrin migraine and it did the trick. I hate to get overly excited, but it seems to have already helped. Time will tell long term, but its already given me some relief.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Shelley,
    I commend you on being so brave! How long have you had the piercing? I really hope this trend continues for you! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    -Katie
    Migraine.com

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  • By JessB3

    So I finally had my Daith piercing. While my migraines have not completely gone they are fewer and farther between. They have also been much more manageable. Thank you guys for all of the information.

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  • By Shelley

    I have had my piercing for about a month now and I have had 6 migraines. I am use to having 15-18 a month. Honestly not many people have noticed it. I usually wear my hair down but it is small. I mentioned to my neurologist when i was thinking about getting it done and he said to give it a try. He told me that it works like acupuncture. ( which I tried without success). He also said to give it a few months to determine if it was going to work in the long run, but the relief I have had is well worth it.
    Good luck to everyone.

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  • By bearybear2001

    I got my piercing 9 months ago in both ears. I am so happy I had this done. I have had migraines for almost 20 years and have tried everything out there the doctors had told me to try without relief. I would have 15 to 20 migraines a month. Many would have me in the emergency room to find only temporary relief and the cycle would start again. Since I had this done I can go 2 or 3 weeks without a migraine. I actually have my life back and it is wonderful.

    I had mime done by a RN that also does piercings. I highly recommend that anyone considering this be very selective in who they have do it to make sure it is placed correctly.

    I recommend this to anyone who has tried all the regular treatments without relief.

    The only downside is that it did hurt. I have a high pain tolerance and it was not pleasant at all but in the end absolutely worth it.

    I did not have any trouble with the healing of them. I could sleep on either side of my head right after it was done.

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  • By CatholicCarry

    I had my Daith pierced on my right side. The initial piercing hurt quite a bit & I, like most of us have a high pain tolerance. The piercer told me that I had small ears & very tight curves in my ears. She had a bit of difficulty doing the piercing & placing the bar afterwards. I had a moderate (4 /10) migraine when I went in as well as when I left. Laying down to sleep was uncomfortable for more than a week. There was absolutely no difference in my migraines with the piercing. I left it in for 6 weeks & have now removed it.

    Obviously it works for some but not all. My ears’ shape may have had something to do with it. I was skeptical & maybe that is why it didn’t help me.

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  • By BlueLily

    It’s interesting to read people’s experiences on this thread. I have also had my daith pierced (left side) just 4 days ago. So far, so good, and it’s not particularly uncomfortable, even to sleep on. As to whether it stops or lessens the migraine attacks……well, I understand the science behind it is not well authenticated, but I was getting desperate and reckoned anything was worth trying. Will see how it goes.

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  • By spill1983

    Got daith peircings on both sides in Jan 2016. I suffer ~25 headache days/month and the piercings have had no effect. I went to an experienced piercer who had done dozens and he told me that many had seen improvement, but didn’t promise anything. I don’t mind the appearance of the piercings and have decided to keep them anyway.

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  • By 84yrab

    I got both mine pierced a couple of weeks ago. It felt less painful then when I tried Botox. Although healing was very painful for several days.

    So far I have seen little, if any, improvement. I’m still in constant pain. Plus having to avoid sleeping on my side has put my neck in odd positions and caused me a lot of pain one day.

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    • By Tuckgirl01

      Try sleeping on one of the travel pillows that goes around your neck. Just lay your head on it with your ear in the middle in the hole. It has done wonders for sleeping on my side.

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  • By SupportiveMama

    Has anyone under the age of 16 had the daith piercing and if so, could you recommend how/where to find someone who who is qualified to perform on minors? My daughter (who is under 16) has chronic migraine (24/7 for 19 months now) and is very interested in trying as she’s had almost no improvement with any other medication or therapy. Thank you for any guidance you can lend.

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    • By adp809

      Has your daughter been checked for chiari?
      My daughter is 15. I thought she inherited my migraines. Took her to the doctor expecting meds and he didn’t think so. It’s unusual to be that young when they start. He did an mri and then sent us to a neurosurgeon. She has a chiari 1. It wasn’t migraines. She had decompression surgery just over a year ago.
      Now, she still had headaches after but much less and there are other issues that come up with chiari.
      We got her daith piercing done yesterday. I’m pretty amazed with her. She said it doesn’t really hurt and is only a little tender. So now I’m considering it. We will see if it helps with the remaining migraines.
      There is a professional piercing association thing and the place we went to belongs to the group.

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  • By Yevgeny

    @supportivemama: I don’t know where you’re from, but as long as you go along with your child, I guess any professional piercer can pierce minors. I know some people get their infants “regular” piercings, such as earrings. This can be done from a VERY early age. So I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to place a daith piercing.

    On topic: I had heard a lot of things when it comes to preventing migraines, but never the daith piercing. I never had one, but will share the following with you: I have had two piercings for let’s say 5 years. One in the upper ear, one in the nipple (ouch). During these years I was at an all-time low of migraine attacks, which means like 2-3 migraines a YEAR. Never linked it to piercings necessarily, but they were becoming a nuisance, so I took them out. This was October last year. Since then, I’ve had 17 migraines up until today. A definite increase. Related to piercings? Who can say for sure? But all I know is if this keeps going at this currect rate, I’m going back to the piercing shop very soon. It’s a small price to pay for what could be a good problem solver.

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  • By ddowlen

    I heard stories of some having the area continue to bleed because their is little blood flow there. Others I’ve heard that it worked and for others it did not. Migraines are one crazy neurological condition where one thing woks for one person but not another. For me I found a supplement called URLifeback Migraine Support. I am going on 4 months now with no migraines and I used to get them daily. After numerous doctor visits over the years this was the first thing that WORKED! Go figure. I actually enjoyed a cloudy day recently as I live in Arizona and there aren’t many cloudy days here. Before I would be under the bed. As a former sufferer and to those of you still suffering keep trying different things until you find what works for you. Praying for you all

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  • By kentuckyheir

    These must be done through the pressure point in the daith area or it wont work. My customers have been migraine free since the day they got pierced, somemof them for years. This is a pressure point piercing not a daith piercing. Research the difference.

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