On June 10th, 2017, I got the “migraine piercing”. This is also known as the daith piercing, which is an inner cartilage ear piercing. I was pierced with a straight hollow needle and now wear a captive ball ring as jewelry (I’m not sure what gauge I was pierced at, but I would assume either 18 or 16 gauge), and I think it’s adorable.
Brief history: The piercing has been popularized in the past few years because it has been said that it helps relieve and prevent migraines. It has roots in acupuncture, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this piercing came to be. Not very many studies have been done on the correlation/causation of the piercing preventing migraines.
My experience (so far): I had been having a severe migraine since about May 25th, and had been given two different migraine cocktails at the hospital. Those seemed to help for a bit, but didn’t really get rid of it. Finally, my parents took me in to a tattoo shop and I got the piercing (I was a minor at the time).
The piercing, for me, was not painful at all. The migraine I was having was way worse, and the piercing actually felt like it relieved some pressure as it went through. Putting the jewelry in was uncomfortable, but that’s about it. I would rate it a 4/10 on a pain scale.
It’s been over a month and I have not had any migraines since (knock on wood). I have had some sinus/allergy related headaches, but no migraines.
Aftercare: I clean the piercing two or three times a day with NeilMed Wound Wash spray, which you can buy for about $7.
I was able to lay on my side comfortably the first night I got the piercing. I wouldn’t recommend that for everyone, especially if you move a lot in your sleep, but I was just fine. I do find it really hard and uncomfortable to wear earbuds, however.
I’d recommend this piercing to others who suffer from migraines. I can’t say that it will cure your migraines, but I can say it’s worth a shot.
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