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Daith Piercing

Has anyone ever tried Daith piercing? Where they pierce one of the bits of your ear that go inwards. Apparently its supposed to replicate something in acupuncture.

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I had a daith piercing nearly 3 years ago. It definitely helped the frequency and intensity of my headaches though hasn’t stopped them completely. Make sure your piercer knows exactly where to pierce. Mine knew about the acupuncture point for migraines.

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Yes, mine had done nothing at all for me though.

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Yes had mine, hasn’t helped me and I went to a migraine clinic to have it done.

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I had both sides done 18 months ago at a very reputable (and expensive) shop. I’m not sure if they have helped with the intensity or duration of my migraines but they definitely don’t seem to have reduced the frequency. I still have near-daily migraines. I heard that they tend to help digestive migraines more than other types.

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Had mine done a couple of years ago. It did nothing for the migraines but it looks cool...

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I had my Daith piercing in Feb this year and it’s helped me a lot. Before I had the piercing I would also suffer from just normal headaches and now don’t get them as much either. Since feb I have had 3 migraines and they are no where as intense as before

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Had my one done about 18 months ago (left side only) , on my left side only. It reduced the frequency of my migraines, only had 1 migraine on the left side and they all seem to affect my right side now. Unfortunately can't get it done on the right, not enough cartilage - seems my ears are small lol.

Make sure you go to a good/reputable piercer, this piercing takes quite a long time to heal and a professional will know how to do it properly.

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I saw healing mentioned above and wanted to add that they take forever to heal! Mine were still getting infected if I wasn’t careful for almost a year afterwards (and I was rinsing at least once daily with a professional spray from the salon). There’s limited blood flow through the area so healing is SLOW. I was instructed no immersing them in water for several weeks/months, no touching them, no sleeping on my sides, wear my hair up away from the piercings, etc. It was a hassle. Now they are finally healed 18 months later and I’ll need to have them removed to get an MRI. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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My daughter had this done but it had no effect at all on her headaches, but she likes the piercing tho'.

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There are some youtube videos that suggest that it's a myth and won't do anything to help, and I've heard people in neuro say that it could be a placebo effect for those who see an improvement. I pass no judgement either way, but it definitely didn't help me when I had it done years ago for aesthetic reasons (before I knew about the connection).

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Yes I had both sides done and it has help me about 80% less migraines I would do it a thousand times over and yes like acupuncture points there is a few Facebook groups on it

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Hi Ive had it done in left ear. I dont think its made any difference but its hard to tell because Im also having CBT therapy for stress and anxiety which is a massive trigger for my migraines. If Im honest the frequency has become less but Im not sure as to what reason.

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Hi there - I'm curious to ask if it's not too personal...

You say anxiety is a cause of trigger for your migraines and I've wondered over the years if it's a trigger for mine as well. I think after being ground down by people saying 'it's when you get stressed you get migraines' or 'if you didn't worry so much, you wouldn't get migraines' and I can see the correlation between times of anxiety/stress and getting migraines....however...I've kind of gone back on that theory and think the anxiety/stress may be a symptom of the prodome leading up to a migraine - ie my body subconsciously knowing a migraine is coming is what causes the stress and anxiety, rather than the other way around....I'm generally a easy going kind of person - until I know a migraine is coming!

I don't really know what I'm asking you, but just wanted to see what others think :)

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Hi ,I definitely do suffer from more migraines during times of stress. During my degree, I suffered terribly and had constant migraine pain and sickness for weeks on end. Last week I had a really bad day when I was working and ended up getting so stressed over my work and worrying about picking my kids up on time that I had a panic attack not realising that's what it was,triggering migraine which then triggered a gastritis attack where I was sick with tge migraine (inflammation and damage to my stomach lining). This is also another stress related condition I've suffered with since uni. Ihoping that CBT will help me deal with stress in a better way and in turn reduce stress related illness.

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