Ok, so as I stated in my previous post, I pierced my daith to attempt to eliminate migraines, if not eliminate them completely. It's been 11 days since I've pierced it so I'll catch you up on how it's working so far.
Rumor has it that the daith piercing acts as an acupuncture treatment to relieve pressure and eliminate migraines. I've read and heard that it's worked for several people upon getting it pierced so I'm excited to see how it works for me.
With my migraines, usually but not always, occurring on the right side of my head and eye, I chose to pierce the right ear, thinking that may be helpful. I haven't read anything about if the side you pierce matters especially if you often have one sided migraines, but I thought, "makes sense to me." I have to say it relieved a bit of pressure from the start, I was surprised.
Along with the piercing, I'm trying to keep up with a daily journal regarding my migraines. In this journal, I've just been taking down the date, what I eat in that day, if I get a headache/migraine, and what I take for it. I'm trying to see if I can pinpoint if any certain foods are affecting me and keep track of how often I'm taking medication for them and hopefully try to eliminate that.
Within the first week, there was no migraine. This isn't completely a surprise though. I get around 13-17 migraines within the month, but that doesn't mean they are spread out evenly. I can go a week without a single one, and the following one week I will get one every single day. They are so unpredictable at times.
Even though I didn't have a migraine, I did have a couple headaches that week. I had forgotten what headaches are like. Any headache I've gotten in the past few years has turned into a migraine. The fact that these were simple headaches made me so happy! I felt like a semi-normal person, who didn't seem drained, pissy, or rude because a migraine was taking over.
Yesterday marked 10 days of having the piercing. I had a rough night so I didn't sleep very long or well. I woke up not feeling too great. By the time I had gotten to work I had a headache. I took some ibuprofen hoping that would stop it but unfortunately it didn't. I ended up with a horrible migraine. As I had been doing for the past year, I split my pain reliever in half. I had to take the second half once an hour had gone by with no relief.
It may have went away had I been home and able to rest, but with working every other weekend, it was my weekend to work so I didn't have a choice. At least it was able to give me relief for the remainder of the day. I will say, the down side to my medication is that an entire pill makes me extremely drowsy. Another reason I'd like to stop taking it.
Today is day 11. I've been feeling good all day. I got some decent sleep and haven't had a headache today. I'm someone who is bothered by keeping their hair in a ponytail or bun for too long of a period. It can actually give me headaches because of the tightness and it pulling on my head. I'm happy to report that my hair has now been in a bun for 8 hours! It may not seem like a big deal to some but its a great achievement for me.
So here I am, coming up on the two week mark here soon! I have high hopes and positive vibes going into this week for my migraines. Today started off pretty stressful for me but I made it through that with no migraine.
I will update when I can! I know a lot of people are wondering if the piercing helps so I really do want to help as many people as possible.
You wanna know what sucks. Migraines.
When I was 17, I got one of the worst headaches I could imagine. I remember thinking, "this pain is awful, why is this headache so much worse?" I didn't know much about migraines back then, but I knew it was a painful headache and I wanted it gone.
For the next couple years, I'd get the occasional migraine. I'd take some excedrin, lay down, and usually sleep it off. They didn't occur so often so it barely interfered with my life.
Eventually, they became more frequent and less bareable. Over the counter meds didn't help and sleeping was impossible. They kept me down and out too often, especially while I was trying to juggle college classes and a job.
I started seeing a neurologist five years ago. Within those years, I've tried a countless amount of preventive meds that did everything but prevent my migraines. I've tried a few pain relievers as well, one of which does work for me, aside from occasionally becoming too drowsy. I received Botox injections until my insurance no longer allowed it and have been trying them again. No luck yet.
I've read about different home remedies that can help a migraine but can't seem to get any of those to show results.
I don't want to be stuck on these medications for the rest of my life. The appointments and meds add up and the amount of money spent on this issue keeps rising. My insurance doesn't even allow for me to receive enough pain relievers in a month to manage my migraines anymore.
After reading about it on the internet and being told by several people I should give it a try, a pierced my daith yesterday.
I'm going to start a separate post to talk a little about the piercing and what I'm doing to pin point how my migraines start and if I'm able to prevent some of them.
So if you too, like me, suffer from migraines, follow my posts and maybe they will help you too!
Chelsea Blake: My views on life and writing whatever my heart desires.