Hi all, I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA a while… I’ve had a most dreadful summer! Moving, severe heat waves, work schedule changes, and family coming into town all contributed to a nearly chronic migraine since I got back from my trip to Miami mid-May. Dobby has done an amazing job of notifying me of oncoming attacks so I can take my medications, and also providing emotional support during painful episodes, but even so, migraines suck.
Needless to say, I’ve been pretty desperate for any relief I can find!
Thanks to amazing bloggers like A Magical Mess and Birds and Lilies sharing their stories about getting a daith piercing for migraine relief with the world, I decided to take the leap of faith and get myself a daith piercing to see if it’ll help my migraines like it did theirs.
I just left the tattoo and piercing parlor a few hours ago and will be documenting my migraine and daith piercing journey across the coming months and years for those of you considering taking the plunge and getting pierced.
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Research on the daith piercing for migraine relief
Before you go all nuts on me about placebo effect or superstitious “treatments”, trust me… I know!
I’m all about the cold, hard, facts.
I originally read about the daith piercing for migraine relief months ago and wrote it off as pseudo-treatment.
After all… there was no research being done regarding the daith piercing. Some of the anecdotes I’d read actually stated that their migraines got worse!
That’s honestly the last thing I wanted to risk… the chance of my condition worsening!
But I’ve since read about a study being completed in England by Dr. Chris Blatchley and The London Migraine Clinic to look into the effects of a daith piercing on migraine and headaches.
The results look promising so far (you can read the full study here or a nice basic summary here) so I was willing to give it a shot.
My experience at Studio City Tattoo and Body Piercing
Let me tell you… Studio City Tattoo and Body Piercing is a killer awesome tattoo and piercing parlor! It’s pirate themed, which is awesome, and has incredibly ornate and unique body jewelry on display for guests to check out.
Since I went in the middle of a work day I was dressed pretty straight-laced and had Dobby with me in her carrier.
I stuck out like a sore thumb!
I definitely didn’t fit in at all amongst all the wild piercings, daring tattoos, and confidently unique hairstyles. Nevertheless, all the staff (and patrons) are incredibly friendly and make you feel so comfortable.
James, my piercer, has been piercing for over 20 years and says that he has gotten countless customers specifically requesting the daith piercing for migraine relief – I’m glad I’m not alone in trying just about anything to make the pain go away!
Anyway, since the daith is mainly cartilage, I was terrified that it would be painful. I even worried that getting the piercing would be so painful it would actually trigger a migraine!
Maybe it was my miraculous Body Piercer, James Rajewski with the magically gentle hands.
Or maybe it’s the fact that few physical pains can compare to a life with migraine.
Either way… it didn’t hurt at all!
You feel pressure at the time of piercing (duh) and if you opt for heart-shaped jewelry it’s uncomfortable to wiggle into place, but it’s not even close to the pain of a migraine, or even a mild headache for that matter.
So there is no way I could write a blog post about my daith experience and not give a HUGE shout out to James and the entire Studio City Tattoo and Body Piercing staff – THANK YOU for making my first piercing (my lobes done at birth don’t count!) such an incredible experience!
Day 0 – How’s my daith working for migraine relief?
To be honest, it hasn’t been quite as miraculous for me as for others.
Some migraineurs online have reported pain relief within hours of getting pierced.
I haven’t been quite that lucky.
However, it may just be due to the fact that I’ve been in pain for a solid 2+ months now. Since I usually require several days of recuperation post-migraine, it might just be too much to ask for instant relief.
TL;DR – Conclusion
I’m hoping that getting a daith piercing for migraines helps with my condition.
Between the preventative medications, abortive medications, flexible work schedule, and new medical alert service dog, I have been able to manage my condition, but as anyone with a chronic condition will tell you, any help is welcome!
If you’d like to read about my progress with my daith piercing for migraines, you can find my weekly updates here.
StephanieCristi Top Recommended Migraine Products
- Migraine tracker
- cold pack for neck and shoulder-related migraines
- cold eye compress
- noise-canceling headphones
StephanieCristi Top Recommended Body Piercing Products
With all my love,
5 thoughts on “I’m putting my Faith in the Daith! My experience getting a daith piercing for migraine relief – Day 0”
This is very interesting. I’ve never heard of this piercing until now. I too suffer from migraines that seem to be getting worse. Some days I’m willing to try anything including a hammer. ☺️ I’m going to look into this.
I highly recommend it! I’m at the 1-month mark now (I’m a little behind on posting my update but I will later tonight!) and I’ve been so much better!
I can’t promise it’ll work for everyone, but my experience has been very positive so far.
Good luck on your migraine journey.