I’ve had the same two holes in my ears since I was in the first grade, and I rarely wear earrings in them anyway. In highschool, I wanted a bellybutton ring, but the idea was shot down by my parents. Later there was a phase where I wanted a butterfly tattoo on my lower back (cliche, I know), but both ideas lost their appeal by my 18th birthday. So I remained, for the most part, unadorned. Until two and a half weeks ago, when my minivan rolled up to Warlock’s Tattoo and Piercing.
Many of you have probably heard of the Daith Peircing that is meant to help with migraines. There isn’t any real science behind it, but when I was in the hospital a friend of mine got hers done and it provided her with such relief, so I asked one of the PAs who was treating me about it. He told me that about 90% of his patients (he used to work at a headache clinic) felt it helped. I later asked the NP who works alongside my Neurologist about it and she said something similar, about 80% of her patients who have it feel it is helpful.Now I know all about the placebo effect, and placebo can be one hell of a drug. It didn’t matter, I wanted it.
I went into Warlock’s initially just to chat. Immediately I fell so in love with the piercers and the beautiful jewelry they had choosen, I knew this is where I would eventually get it done. But we were about to hop a plane to Florida and I needed my MigraineX earplugs to survive the flight down in my current condition. (Also, I want to note that the peircers do not claim to heal any migraines, they had no data on how many clients had been helped or not.)
So the day we got home, while Chuck and the kids waited in the car, I got my right ear done, that’s the side Monster Migraine started on. It didn’t hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would!
I was hoping it would break the migraine I was in. Or just the bad cycle. Anything. But sadly it didn’t. It was a huge pain in the ass. It sucked to sleep on, it itched when it was starting to heal (full healing time, until it can be changed out and stop being cleaned, is 9 months FYI). It wasn’t working, I was still in pain, I was annoyed and disappointed, I wanted to get it out.
I showed it to the accuputurist, and he said I should have gotten both sides done. Well, shit. I didn’t want to wait the full 9 months, so once I could sleep on the already done side, I decided it was time to go ahead and get the left side over with. So once again my minivan and I headed to Warlock’s.
*Super cute sunglasses are Theraspecs – review coming soon :)*
Ignore those smiles, this side HURT. I about crawled off the table! But desperate times…
Here is the thing about chronic pain, especially when your doctor’s aren’t able to help you for the near future. You grasp at straws. At anything that might be able to provide you with relief. In the long run, I some cool piercings I never got during my pre-minivan years. Maybe they will help. Maybe they hit just the right spot to confuse my migraine, or maybe I’ll get a dose of placebo to help me through until mid May. Or maybe I’ll get nothing from this but the knowledge that I am doing absolutely everything I can safely do to help my migraines while I wait for the relief I pray the doctors can give me in May.
As always, I ask for prayers and good vibes. My pain level is fairly well managed if I don’t do anything. This is not a realistic or enjoyable way to live. My little family (the kids especially) is so ready to have Mom back in action. Chuck is doing a great job as super Dad, but something needs to give, and soon.
For more information on Warlock’s you can go to: https://www.warlocks-tattoo.com/
*A note: it took 2 weeks after the peircing before I felt ok to use my MigraineX ear plugs again. I am not suggesting this to anyone, as it could introduce germs to the area. I personally used alchohol wipes on the ear plugs and case prior to putting them into the freezer, and then super santizied my hands before inserting the plugs.