If we’re friends or you follow me on Facebook then you know that I’ve been suffering headaches and migraines for quite some time now. You also might know that I am one of the (un)fortunate people who’s body processes out pain medications before they have a chance to actually have time to work. I say “unfortunate” because that means that I get zero pain relief (I even recovered from surgery minus pain medication because I was in constant pain and never felt better). I say “fortunate” because that means that there is no chance that I can become addicted to pain killers.
My mom got concerned when I was given multiple medications to try the first time I slipped a disk in my back. I was given Vicodin, oxy, and even morphine tablets. Nothing was taking the edge off of my excruciating so I quit taking them. She said that with all those different pain killers that she was worried that I would get addicted. I told her that you can’t get addicted to something that doesn’t work. I said, “People get addicted to pain killers because they take them and it makes them feel good. Then, when it stops making them feel good, they start taking more of the pain meds to make them feel good again. Then it stops and the cycle continues. They (medication) don’t work on me, so why would I take more if it doesn’t work to begin with?”
Excedrin has stopped working so I’ve been doing some reading on daith piercings and how they have helped some people with migraines. I have a few friends that have gotten their daith pierced and they have said that it has worked wonders for their migraines. One friend said that she hadn’t realized the even on days when she didn’t have a migraine she still had a mild headache that she just got used to. When she got her daith pierced, it made those mild headaches go away and she felt a new kind of normal!
I did some research on local tattoo shops with piercers and finally picked on. I was going back and forth on when I should get it. As a culinary student, I cannot wear any jewelry in the kitchen and this piercing takes 2-3 months to heal (I didn’t think it would take that long for cartilage to heal). I still have 6 months of school left and I wasn’t sure that I could continue to suffer that long without giving it a try.
I paid the $60 and I got another hole punched into my ear. I’ve never had cartilage pierced before so I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve had my ears pierced 3 times (twice in the same hole because the holes had closed), my belly button has been pierced twice, and I had my tongue pierced for awhile. None of those hurt. This didn’t hurt really but the most uncomfortable part was the clamp thing before he jammed the hoop in my ear.
I have to admit, I had a very mild headache yesterday before I went in and it went away by the time I got home. I slept 11 hours last night and woke up headache free and have been headache free all day. I’m going to try an update here every week to see if my headaches are getting better so stay tuned!