The pain they produce is still very uncomfortable.
On the bright side, since I got the the left ear piercing, I’m less light and sound sensitive during a migraine.. I’m also less nauseous with them, meaning, the nausea brought on by the migraines hasn’t been intense enough to cause vomiting.
I’ve been able to reduce the pain medication needed during a migraine, too. Prior to the left-side piercing, it took 800mgs of Ibuprofen coupled with two Benedryl tabs, every four hours, for a few, or sometimes several, days before the migraine dissipated. Now, I can often get relief with only 400mgs of Ibuprofen and 1 tab of Benadryl. Not always, but most of the time.
I went with my left ear to be pierced first hoping that would be enough to inhibit the migraines permanently. The left ear was chosen because it’s my left side the migraines always develop in.
You can read more about the initial piercing in two previous posts, linked below for you. Just click on either of them to get to the associated post.
☙ Daith Piercing: Relief from migraines and more
☙ MigraineRelief: Daith Piercing 4-Month Update
Round two--right ear
I would love to tell you, the right ear piercing hurt much less, or not at all, but I’d be fibbing. It hurt quite a lot. On the plus side, the right side went several seconds faster than the left side, and so the pain was over faster, too.
Once the piercing’s over, the intense pain ends and the lesser discomfort is easy to tolerate. Within a couple days it’s mostly gone, unless the ear gets bumped or you lay on it. It’s also quite sensitive when I touch it with a cotton swab while cleaning it with saline solution and treating it with tea tree or lavender oil to both diminish pain and prevent infection.
Unlike soft-tissue piercings, cartilage piercings are more sensitive and take longer to heal.
This image was taken in the morning before the saline cleanse and oil therapy. The inferior aspect of the piercing shows a light coating of dried serous fluid that dried overnight on the wound and on the titanium hoop. It's present at the top too, but can't be seen in this photo. It wipes away easily (for the most part) with a saline soaked cotton swab. I repeat the process at least twice a day and more if needed, and will continue with it for the next several weeks.
Cool & Weird
I had this piercing done on a Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon, as I was sliding a bandanna over my head, I brushed (barely) my left eyebrow and felt a flash of pain, where migraines usually settle in. After pulling my bandanna down to my collar area, I brushed my eyebrow again, and felt another flash of pain. I gently touched the underside of my brow, just above my eye, and felt the same pain flash again.
It only hurt when it was touched, but if touched, it was there, and intense. Otherwise, it was somehow inhibited. I also noticed afterward that I felt pain in my left ear, at the piercing site. It was a dull ache, nothing awful, just noticeable.
I didn’t do anymore experimental touching and that day, no pain developed in my brow, my neck, or the top of my head. The dull pain in my ear persisted but didn’t get worse.
Next morning, I woke up with a full migraine that continued to worsen. By the time I was finished with my literature tasks, I had to take a full dose of meds and go to bed. Sounds bad, but there was still improvement. I only had to take ONE dose of meds, and the pain was alleviating before the day was over. The migraine was completely gone by the next day.
Later in the week, I travelled with a friend to Indianapolis. Late that night, I began to get a headache. It wasn’t terrible.
In the morning, it was still manageable. No nausea, and no light sensitivity.
In the afternoon, not far into our trip back to southern Indiana, the pain intensified and I became light sensitive. I took 800mgs of Ibuprofen and within about 15 minutes, the pain was subsiding. Within an hour it was completely gone and hasn’t come back.
My ear is healing faster this time. I’m still having a bit of weeping at the site, but other than pain when I clean it or it gets bumped or pressed accidentally, I’m not having any trouble with it. There’s no sign of infection, and very little irritation.
Full moon is nearly on us, so that’ll be the big test, ‘cause they nearly always bring on a migraine right before, during or right after, so we’ll see!
I’ll update you again in a few weeks and I'm hoping you’ll find this info useful, if not for yourself, but perhaps for a colleague, friend or relative who suffers with migraine pain.
Although I’m still having occasional episodes of migraine pain, they’ve still diminished and I’m having to take less than 1/3rd of the harsh meds I used to have to take to help me manage the pain. Even so, sometimes the large doses didn’t stop it enough for me to not suffer in acute discomfort until they ended, days later.
The piercings have been effective in significantly decreasing the amount of migraine episodes, as well as how long they last, their pain intensity and the amount of meds needed to treat them.
That’s it for this one!
God bless you! Thanks for the tips! Thanks for the read and hope you’ll come again for the next Tuesday edition of the Pumpkin Run Pulse.
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