I have struggled with migraines for years. When I say "struggled" I really mean, I have wanted to crawl in a cold, dark place never to emerge. When you're first diagnosed with migraine the doctors tell you to keep a log of what might be a trigger. Foods, medicines and environmental triggers can all be something that might be causing migraines to happen.
I try to remind people that the reason behind migraine pain is constricted blood vessels in your brain, so it's a serious thing. It's not just having a headache and needing a nap. I typically lose vision in one eye, get sick to my stomach, can't tolerate smells or light. The frequency of my migraines typically is between once every 4 days to once every 10 days, depending on the time of year. They can last several days. They vary based on the time of year, because my main trigger is barometric pressure changes. This means that I am a reliable predictor of thunderstorms due to my brain. Maybe I would have been treated as an oracle in a different time, due to my ability to predict the weather a day prior better than a meteorologist and the fact that it makes me see colors floating around objects. I might have been burned at the stake as a witch, but lets go with the cooler option.
I have been reading up on alternative treatments, after having dealt with these interruptions to my life for over 20 years. I saw some anecdotal testimonies about getting a daith piercing. I initially thought that it was rooted in acupuncture but apparently that's not accurate. The truth is that it was even money that it would help or just be a cute accessory.
I finally decided I had nothing to lose and headed to the local tattoo parlor. I have several tattoos and know how to ensure that you're visiting a reputable location that uses only sterile instruments. It's not something I had a ton of reservations about but I was very happy to find a dedicated piercer, rather than a piercer that also tattoos.
I simply picked out my jewelry, which had to have a little sparkle, and the pro sterilized it. It takes a while so I went to grab an iced coffee and came back in about a half hour. The daith is the little piece of cartilage that swoops down that you see. Ears are as different at snowflakes, and mine look like I've slept on them wrong and they're slightly dented. We call them elf-ears since my kidlet has matching ones. I hope she doesn't have a matching migraine diagnosis.
The actual piercing didn't really hurt much more than a big pinch, but I'm a mom, so the mom pain scale is fully in effect. Stubbing a toe and stepping on a Lego is a 2, birthing a child is only a 6. Don't worry about it.
The negatives are that the healing takes as long as it took me to grow two people and the restrictions while it's healing are not fun. No swimming. Specifically "Don't go into any body of water higher than your nipples. Consider this your body's way of keeping you from getting your piercing infected." Other jewels imparted to me included, "don't use tap water which is just recycled toilet water to clean your piercing". So now I'm reevaluating my water but also not washing my daith with it.
You have to spray the piercing 4 times a day with a saline solution, that I made with 1/8teaspoon sea salt and distilled water in a spray bottle. Another restriction is that you shouldn't use lots of product in your hair and you have to be mindful when you're having someone do your haircolor or hair treatments.
I have since explored some more natural products and am generally more careful about using anything with a chemical base around the open area. It's been fairly easy for me to keep it happy and healthy thus far. It's been about 7 weeks and I now it's routine.
The moment that I realized that it was working, was one day I was driving and I realized that it was really thunderstorming out. I haven't seen the start of a thunderstorm in years because I'm usually medicated and lying with an ice pack on the back of my neck. I noticed that I had a normal level headache but nothing a little ibuprofen couldn't tackle. It's truly amazing to find something that's major side effect is not sleeping on my right side for a while is making my life so much more enjoyable.
I have only had two major migraines in the nearly two months. Two glorious months of not lying in a freezing room and wishing I could move without being sick to my stomach. Each of these headaches weren't caught because I developed them while I was sleeping and that's my most difficult time to be able to recognize my auras.
The verdict: its working for me. This isn't to say that it will work for you. I can only speak to my own experiences, and the fact that I haven't had to refill my Rx means it's working fairly well to help control them. I don't know why it works. That's a question for someone else. I will update you all in the comments here and there to let you know how it's faring but for now, it's a miracle!
If you want to make an appointment, check out the guy who helped me: Bryant
My name is Starlite, and before you ask, YES! My parents were hippies. I am an artist who has traveled all over the world and settled in Suffolk, VA. It's a quaint part of Hampton Roads that I liken to Mayberry at times.
I am an artist who teaches classes around Hampton Roads and sells private commissions for artwork and murals.
I am a big fan of sarcasm, craft beer & bourbon. I love the water and a good book, ferris wheels, bad dancing and good conversations.