Welcome back to you all and thank you for opening a post that most of my normal readers probably aren’t necessarily interested in (Well, you might be but I’m just presuming here!) but I wanted to start writing more lifestyle blogs to mix things up a little and this topic is something that I’ve been asked about quite frequently over the last few weeks so here we are, it’s getting it’s own blog post!
To be honest, a lot of people are probably reading this and thinking ‘here we go again, another person talking about the daith piercing blah blah blah’ but please, hear me out. I understand that there is a lot of stigma and controversy around this piercing but felt that it was only right to share my experience with the world as like I said, a fair few people have asked me about my opinion since I got the piercing done about 4 weeks ago.
What is a daith piercing?
Now for those who don’t know, a daith piercing is an ear piercing that goes through the innermost cartilage fold of the ear, the crus of the helix. Yep, I know, sounds complicated right? Despite numerous Google searching beforehand, the piercing still ended up completely different to what I thought it would be and I had somehow, come to the conclusion that it was on a completely different section of the ear so you can imagine my shock when I looked in the mirror afterwards. I don’t know how I managed this but I guess the photos on Google just weren’t clear enough for me personally.
Why did I get a daith piercing?
Anybody who knows me, follows my Instagram or has possibly read my blog before will know that I’m stupidly prone to migraines. I hate the term ‘migraine’ because so many people use the word so lightly when all they have is a simple headache but after suffering for over 3 years, getting consistently sick, blurred vision and nothing but constant pain 4/5 days a week, I could confidently say that what I was suffering with was migraines.
I was one of those people that had read numerous articles regarding the daith piercing saying that apparently the piercing ‘cured’ migraines due to hitting a pressure point and changed lives and to be honest, I thought it was an absolute load of shit. For at least 2 years, I refused to believe that a simple piercing could change the way my body worked and tried literally everything possible to get rid of them or at least make them ease off before I gave in 4-5 weeks ago and thought, ‘What have I got to lose?’ The way I looked at it was that it was worth trying and if it didn’t work, at least I’d be left with a pretty piercing anyway and I’d only be £25 out of pocket which wasn’t too hard to swallow.
How was the pain?
This is one of the questions that I get asked the most. I’ll be completely honest with this answer because this was what I googled the most before sitting in the chair. The pain was absolutely excruciating and was probably more painful than the 6 hour tattoo that I had sat through on the previous day. Of course, comparing it to the pain of a tattoo isn’t the best as they are without a doubt, two very different types of pain but either way, this piercing bloody hurts.
Again, after a lot of research I did learn than this piercing is so say either your most painful or least painful piercing and for me personally, it’s definitely the most. I suppose it could be due to the thickness/toughness of each person’s cartilage, their pain threshold and even what piercings they’ve experienced before. However, coming from somebody who has their nose, tragus, belly button and top of the ear pierced (along with 3 large tattoos) I’d have thought that my pain tolerance is pretty strong. For me, this piercing was agony.
The piercer did tell me that part of the reason why the daith can be so painful is because it’s one of the slowest piercings you can possibly get. By this, I mean that most piercings are over and done with literally in a few seconds whereas this particular one goes through such a fiddly part of the ear that it’s a very slow process and takes such precision that it goes on for SO much longer than most other piercings. I felt like I was led there squirming in pain for ages because I was so used to quick piercings that only hurt for a split second.
I found that the area itself was throbbing with pain for about 2-3 days afterwards and stayed sensitive for about a week. Now, there is little to no pain apart from every now and again when I clean it, if I’m a little too heavy handed.
How is the healing process?
With this piercing it is absolutely crucial that you clean it regularly and extremely well. Due to again how fiddly this one is, you have to make sure that you’re getting into every nook and cranny with your salt water or saline solution to keep it clean and prevent build up and infection.
Of course, I’ve only had this piercing for about a month so I’m only experiencing the VERY start of the healing process. This one does take an extremely long time so be prepared for that if you decide to take the plunge too but for now, it seems to be healing pretty damn well!
Has it worked?
The BIG question is of course, has it actually worked?! The answer? YES! I can’t actually believe that I’m saying that but this piercing has well and truly changed my life.
It’s been about a month now and I’ve not had one single migraine! Slight headaches once or twice (I have had a stinking cold and hardly any sleep) but this is the longest I’ve ever gone without a migraine in 3-4 years and I couldn’t be more impressed. The pressure I normally feel behind my eyebrows and around the sides of my head has completely disappeared and I’ve even been able to wake up early to go to the gym before work several times in one week (even with my cold and not much sleep!) and still feel absolutely fine.
Would I recommend this piercing to other migraine sufferers?
For me, this piercing obviously has done the trick and has rid me of horrific pain that I’ve endured for far too long. However, this doesn’t mean that it will work for everybody. Of course, everybody is different. We all have different levels of pressure, pain, endurance, cartilage etc so just because it worked for me, doesn’t mean that experience will be the same for everybody.
Saying that, if you suffer badly and you’ve exhausted all other options then think the way I did – it’s worth a go and if it doesn’t work, your ear will have a new pretty accessory anyway so there’s no harm in giving it a go.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope everybody has enjoyed this slightly different post. I also hope that if anybody has come on here looking for honest advice and personal experience with this piercing, that I have helped in some way. If you have any questions then feel free to pop them in the comments section below.
Until next time,