To Daith or NOT to Daith
I’m fairly certain that a large portion of the population suffers from headaches. There are so many different variations and reasons they occur. I’ve had them for most of my life. Once, when I was in my late twenties, I suffered for six straight months. There was not a drug that could give me more than just a few hours of relief. The trips to the doctors office and emergency room were a waste of time. Shots of narcotic pain reliever and nausea medication only put me to sleep. A few hours would pass and it would start all over again. Inside my brain, there must have been a small wrecking crew. “BOOM! BOOM!! KAABOOOOM!”
The doctors said, “stress related migraines and or tension headaches.” Their oh so NOT simple solution was to reduce my stress level. What and ever! I was a full-time wife, mom, and nurse. My husband was in school and there was a lot going on. Finally, my doctor put me on Paxil, which helps with depression, anxiety disorders and some other disturbances of the psyche. No matter! It helped tremendously. Then I found out I was pregnant with our second child. Needless to say, I had to put the medicine away. Miraculously, all the kabooming, thunderous torture inside my skull ended. Was the morning, noon, and night sickness distracting enough that the brain pain went unnoticed? Hubby reevaluated his desire to attempt nursing school and got a job. Was that the miracle cure? Who knows?? I was just happy that the headaches were gone. Well they’re back!
Not long ago, I saw some posts and articles about the Daith piercing. From what I’ve read there are a couple different ways to pronounce that word. I say, “dayth.” Some folks say, “doth,” (like moth) Puhtayto, puhtotto! 🙂 Anywho, I checked into it, asking questions from those whom I knew had already tried it. The majority of those people reported excellent results. I’m not a huge fan of lots of piercings. To get headache relief? I’d do anything, short of chopping my head off. That would be terribly messy.
The theory of the procedure is simple enough. It’s likened unto acupuncture in the same area where the piercing is done. Also, it is recommended that you pierce the ear on the side where you experience more pain. My daughter had developed the same problem. If a storm moved in, we had headaches. So much familial dysfunction had to have made things worse. Day to day stressors, such as lack of finances didn’t help. The point is, we both wanted relief and we were willing to jump head first into the piercing pool. I already knew the best place to go so we made appointments, grabbed $70, loaded SugarLump into the car and headed out. Am I now considered a cool SugaMama for having taken him to his first tattoo/piercing parlor, at the tender age of 12 months? The whole procedure lasted less than 10 minutes. A little mild discomfort and TA-DA!!
It’s been three weeks and I’ve had two headaches. TWO! My daughter has had success, as well. Two headaches in three weeks is way better than five per week. We should have bought stock in the Excedrine Migraine company. So long pills!! Hello cool new piercing!
This procedure is not for everyone. You will read stories of terrible pain with the cartilage puncture. Getting your ears pierced with that pop gun hurts way worse than the Daith. I’m just sayin’ don’t let fear keep you from relief. If you try it and don’t get relief, the jewelry can be removed. Do your research, select only the most sanitary place, and see if it helps you. I wil further add, the person you choose to pierce you should work in a clean environment, using only sterile equipment. He, or she, should wear gloves and allow you to see the equipment being used as it’s opened. Our guy wouldn’t let anyone but the client to be in the room with him, further reducing germ contact.
If you have migraines or mild to moderate headaches, this may help you. It isn’t something that is guaranteed or even studied for medical journals. There are lots of articles online. Weigh your options and obtain relief the best way you can. Good luck to you!