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Daith Piercings

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If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this picture, posted the day I got both of my daiths pierced, but I've gotten so many questions about them that I wanted to write about the experience after about a month had passed. In this post I'll talk about my reasons for getting the piercings, the piercing itself, after care, and my results.

The Reason

I've had migraines for as long as I can remember, and when you suffer from these debilitating headaches you quickly learn what your triggers are and how to avoid them. Mine are cigarette smoke, certain perfumes, most cleaners, wine, and impending storms. But even knowing all that, I was taking migraine medicine a few times a week as a preventative measure.

Something had to give. So I started looking into alternative treatments. After doing some research and reading a lot of reviews, I decided daith piercings were worth a shot.

The Process

This isn't a piercing you want to get from just anywhere. You want someone who specializes in not just body piercing but specifically daiths. That's why I went to Good Luck Piercing Parlour. One Wednesday I called to check the price - $50 for both including cost of the rings - and spent about 15 minutes of my lunch break that very same day getting them done. Seriously. Fifteen minutes tops.

She used a titanium earring and a needle and talked her way through the process. This piercing is basically like permanent acupuncture. The piercing goes through a nerve. I'm not going to lie: It hurt like hell, and I've been through labor. So if you decide to do this, be warned.

Aftercare

Aftercare is actually pretty simple. For four to six weeks, I cleaned each piercing twice a day. For the first few days I took extra strength Tylenol to help with swelling (there will be swelling). I've had two minor infections, one for each piercing. A salt water solution (1/4 tbsp. + shot glass of hot water) and Neosporin handled those. You'll want to use q-tips for cleaning; anything else will be too big. Warning: cleaning is uncomfortable, especially in the first week when the swelling is still bad. Also, try not to sleep on your side for the first couple of weeks, not that you'll want to the first few days.

My Results

It's been more than six weeks since I got both of my daiths pierced. During that time I haven't had a migraine. In fact, I had the beginnings of a migraine the day I got the piercings done and left the shop with no headache. Although that could have just been pain transference. I've taken migraine medicine twice, but once was because my toddler head-butted me in the temple and it was the strongest pain medicine I had.

I've also noticed less tension in my neck, which is amazing considering my job is sitting at a computer all day. And this may be TMI, but my last two periods weren't as bad, especially the PMS.

The one thing these piercings don't have any effect over is sinus headaches. However, so far I've only experienced sinus pressure, and it hasn't developed into anything debilitating.

I've gone from popping migraine pills almost daily to stave off an attack to virtually headache free. Maybe it's all in my head, but this was the best $50 I've spent in a long time ... and I got two pretty badass looking piercings as a bonus.

It is important to note that daith piercings are not a guarantee that I won't have another migraine ever again. However, when I do have one it shouldn't be as intense or last as long.

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