Friday, April 15, 2016

Daith Piercing for Migraines

Okay, let's talk about it. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know what I did. After a lot of research/stalking/careful consideration and a ton of craziness, I finally decided to try it. That's right. I went and got my daith pierced. Not once, but twice.

But, let's talk about why. Let's actually discuss this. I am not a person that just jumps on every fad and crazy trend, y'all. I am a researcher. I plot everything out. I do NOT alter my body. I have no tattoos. I have my ears pierced once per side. I am very traditional and conservative. On social media people noticed that migraine relief came after some people pierced their daith. It's based on acupuncture. There's a nerve that runs deep in the ear in that area and if you pierce it, there can be relief for migraine sufferers. Some people have to move the piercing when they feel symptoms. Others have relief from just the piercing. Some don't have any relief at all because the piercing didn't hit the nerve. Who knows?!? There's actually no medical evidence supporting this. Just tons of social media excitement. See why I was skeptical?

A little over two weeks ago, I found myself in a seven day migraine streak. I think our Spring Break trip ran my body down to the point that it brought this on. I was nauseous every day, I couldn't keep food down, and I was struggling. On the 5th night I honestly considered an emergency room trip to have it shut down with serious medications. None of my meds were working. It was the second worst migraine of my life. I asked my Zumba® Divas for prayers and one of the ladies reminded me that she had gotten her daith pierced and had not had a migraine since. I was desperate and asked her who did it. Before I knew it, several ladies started talking about their migraine struggles and we had a couple willing to go with me. 

My buddies and I piled into the car and drove to Standard Ink in Chattanooga. At the time, I was feeling tons of pressure at the base of my skull on the right side. I have a very high pain tolerance and this was wearing me down after seven days.

Grace and I were the ones actually getting pierced. It's such a relief to have someone who understands exactly what you're going through when you have migraines. I am blessed to have her in my life and share our struggles together.

And Lauren was our support system to hold our hands! I admit that I am the biggest baby about needles. I am just not good with them at all. She made sure that we stayed strong! She's fabulous, y'all.

I decided to get my right side pierced first. From everything I have read, you get your dominant side pierced. For someone with true neurological migraines, you typically have a side that is dominant. Most of your pain and symptoms will be on your right or left side. Mine are mostly on my right side. When I was pierced, I had the initial two seconds of pain and pressure. Then I felt okay. I don't really know how to describe things other than I walked into the place with a seven day migraine and I walked out with a sore ear.

My friends and I decided to test things out with dinner. We went to Aretha Frankenstein's and I ordered the French toast. I was able to finally eat and keep everything down. I went home and I was just relieved. I did not take my Fioricet for the first time in seven days. 

I woke up the next day and everything felt good. I cared for my piercing just as Standard Ink instructed me to. No pain, no issues at all. In all honesty, I thought it was bogus. I kept thinking there was no way this had anything to do with my piercing. I did notice all pain on my right side was completely gone. All shoulder and neck knots were gone for the first time in months. That's actually one of my migraine symptoms. I remained skeptical.

The next day I noticed that I had a sinus pain on the front left side of my head. I never had that and I thought it was strange. One of my dear friends has a husband who does acupuncture. Since the daith piercing is based mostly on the acupuncture theory, it is recommended that you keep everything balanced. What you do to one side, you need to do to the other.

I spent Saturday afternoon with my niece at her softball practice.

And then my brother and I drove back to Standard Ink to pierce the other side. I cannot recommend strongly enough to you how important it is to go to someone that not only has a clean shop, but is accredited and recommended. I heard horror stories from people who knew others who got the wrong place pierced! It's also important that someone does this piercing deep enough. You are aiming to reach a certain nerve, in theory. If you miss it, you will not get relief. You're just going to end up with a hole in your head.

Before you try this, I do have some recommendations:

  1. Go into this with the expectation of just getting a piercing. If it works, fabulous! If not, do not be disappointed. What works for me, may not work for you. Do not be disappointed. 
  2. Use someone with experience, accreditation, a clean shop, and certification. Do your research! Do not be afraid to speak up and ask questions. This is your body. 
  3. Do not touch your piercing. You have germs on your hands and under your fingernails. This is a slow healing piercing and you need to keep it clean. Leave it alone. Follow the aftercare instructions. 
  4. Have someone with you in case you feel rough after. Some people don't handle needles well or it could even trigger a migraine. I've read some different stories. Just in case, have a buddy! 
  5. Pick your side with the most symptoms or pain to do first. 

How do I feel now?

I have had both piercings for almost a week now and I feel amazing! I have not had any headaches in a week and it's unreal. I don't have migraine symptoms, I don't have pressure, my energy is slowly coming back, and I am feeling more and more like me every day. I am still taking my Topomax every day and all of my vitamins, but I feel great. I don't know how much of that is helping along with the piercings, but I have no side effects from the Topomax so I am almost afraid to stop taking it. I have an appointment with my neurologist next week and I can discuss it then. I feel better and I am afraid to change anything right now.

If you had asked me a month ago, I would have told you that I thought the daith piercing for migraines was a myth. I thought it was just another desperate attempt that people were jumping on and it was a fad. Until you are desperate enough to try anything, you never know what you'll try. I'm actually kinda thankful I got that desperate because it gave me my life back. Is it going to last? I have no idea. But a moment of peace from the pain is worth it. At the end of the day, I still like the piercing and it works for me. The added bonus is that it did in fact work for me. Y'all know I've always been an open book around here and I always share what works. If you came here looking for hope, I am here to tell you that there could be some for you.

If it worked for you, would you please leave a comment sharing your experience? Would you mind sharing this post as well so we can help others as well? 


  1. Hey thanks for sharing this with me on Twitter. I suffer exactly as you do, right side with serious knots and tension from right shoulder blade up into neck. My right arm has become so weak as a result and left side is actually more tense to compensate so I also believe relieving the right side might shift it all to the left.

    I have ever children under 5 and Breastfeeding my youngest (4 months) so can'take take my meds but cannot suffer any more either. I have nothing to lose by trying it. If it works, great. If not, I can always remove the piercing!

    Thank you.

    1. You are one busy mama too! Please let me know if it works for you. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this. I am so hopeful for you. I know and understand your pain well. I was misdiagnosed most of last year and I know what that unmedicated pain can feel like.

      $45 for a piercing and a little pain was nothing compared to the misery I was in. I hope you can find the same!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I got the daith piercing in both sides 4 weeks ago and I am beyond relieved. I have had 2 bad headaches and a couple little ones. All of which were managed with OTC pain relief...that hasn't happened in over 4 years!! I do have these red bumps underneath them but have gone back to the shop to nm have them looked at and, like you said, this is a slow healing piercing so nothing to be alarmed about at this point. I went in with the expectation it was just a piercing and have been blessed with migraine relief. I just pray it continues. Hope yours continue to give you relief as well. God bless.

  3. Thanks for sharing reviews about Daith Piercing for Migraine. I am glad that you got relief with it. I also had migraine and tried acupuncture for it. This traditional therapy gave so much relief. Got 5 sessions at a local clinic of acupuncture in Mississauga and have relief now.

  4. I'm curious how you're doing now that it's been a few months. I have had hormone-triggered migraines my whole adult life, but now at age 52 have developed a chronic headache that is resisting treatment. As a middle-aged pastor, I'm not generally into body art and piercing for myself (love it on others, but have to deal with congregation's expectations....), but after 9 months with a headache, I'm up for it!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have really been struggling lately and am debating the piercings. About once a day I think about just going to get it done. How are you feeling four months later? Still making a difference?



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