I’m a bit of a plain Jane when it comes to body art and piercings. I have no tattoos, and I’ve never really wanted them. I have 3 earlobe piercings on the left and 2 on the right, and for a few decades, I thought that was over the top. (I did them for my 5 grandparents after they’d all passed away. I was blessed with a step-grandmother who treated all of us kids just like we were hers. She got that 3rd spot on my left lobe.) It took something extreme to get me to venture outside of my comfort zone regarding body art.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been plagued with migraine headaches. They started before I hit puberty, and I never found a specific trigger. Then when I began menstruating, I would have those predictable monthly migraines in addition to the random ones that would sneak up on me. Birth control pills did nothing to control them. Even after I had my hysterectomy, the migraines kept coming. Chiropractic treatment helped a great deal, but I never became completely migraine free. All I could do was wait for the aura to present itself, then take the prescription medication that would knock me out for the rest of the day.
Last year a coworker showed me the daith piercing she’d just gotten done. When she told me she’d heard it relieves, and sometimes prevents, migraine headaches, I started doing some research. We work in a specialty hospital together, and none of our doctors had heard of piercing for health benefits. I found some news articles and opinion pieces that talked about the benefits of daith piercing, but I found absolutely NO scientific evidence to back my coworker’s claim.

But as the months went by, she saw a drastic reduction in her migraines. Granted, she had one during a period of extreme family crisis, but otherwise, she was pain-free. When another co-worker told me she’d also gotten the piercing, I decided I had nothing to lose. After all, if it didn’t work, at least I’d have a cute piercing. I went to a local tattoo/piercing shop and asked some folks there what they thought One gentleman told me he’d been doing 25+ per week, strictly for the purpose of migraine relief! That settled it. I had the piercing done in my left ear — it was pretty painful for someone who’s never had a cartilage piercing before. A couple of Tylenol later, and the pain was gone.

That was in April of 2017. Since that day, I’ve had a couple of sinus headaches and one stress headache. I’ve had NO migraines. None. The first time in my life I’ve have become migraine free. So while there’s no definitive scientific evidence that this works, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. If you’ve thought about giving this a go, I’d encourage you to do it as soon as possible!


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