One of the many things you need when preparing for a disaster is your prescription meds.  Whether maintenance medications or emergency medications, you need to have them on hand in order function or survive for days, weeks, or in the event of something more, years.

With the way insurance companies are today, it is next to impossible to stockpile any medications you need. Most insurance companies will only pay for a 30-day supply. If you’re lucky, maybe a 90-day supply.

Since my early 20’s, I’ve suffered from chronic migraines. It was one of those things that I learned to accept. They would come, incapacitate me for a few days, go away, and a week later…repeat. There were days when death was welcome instead of the constant crippling pain.

For some reason, I was unable to take prescription medication for my ailment. I had severe side effects from most migraine medications on the market; some of them wigged me out; other made my migraine worse. I went to the hospital a few times; they’d give me a shot of Demerol and send me home. I’d sleep for 5 hours or more and, yes, wake up with a headache. The doctors suggested that I suffer from “pain med induced migraines” on top of my regular migraines. I took to taking Excedrin Migraine© frequently, and it would take the edge off, but they never really went away.

In January 2016, I read an article about Daith piercings. The report suggested there is a pressure point that runs in the inner cartilage section of the ear and by piercing that cartilage, it mimics acupuncture. By hitting the pressure point, it relieves the pressure in the patient’s head.

On February 13, 2016, my husband and I were out to lunch when the subject came up. We decided I had to try, so we called around and found a piercing studio which specialized in these types of piercing. $80 people, that’s it! What the hell, right? If it didn’t work, at least I’d have a cool piercing. What did I have to lose at this point?  $80 is a small price to pay for relief.

It’s been over 100 days now, and I haven’t had one single migraine. 100 DAYS. I never imagined I would go a week without the headache pain, much less over three months.

Another thing to think about is costs. How much do your migraines cost you a year in insurance, co-pays, and disrupting or even preventing you from working?

Over 38 million people suffer from migraines in the United States, triggered by different things.  I’ve read many stories and visited many forums filled with migraine sufferers discussing this. The piercing works for some, not for others, but it worked for me!

So, this post is multi-fold. It’s possible to relieve the pain of migraines without filling your body with more medication, it’s one less thing you have to worry about while preparing for a disaster, and it’s cheap.

It’s something to think about!