There is mounting evidence that Daith Piercing can help fibromyalgia. At the moment the evidence is more by chance observation, just like the initial chance observations that Daith Piercing helps migraines. Colleagues in Denmark have been using it for fibromyalgia and report good success. People who have fibromyalgia without migraines have reported being able to stop their pain medication.
However more research is needed, as initial impressions suggest that it can help about 50% of sufferers, especially if you also have migraines. If you have not had any success with other treatments for your fibromyalgia then it can be a treatment worth considering. Since some patients are reporting an effect that can be long-lasting we have decided to offer Daith Piercing for fibromyalgia as well as migraines.
This link will give you some more information http://fibromyalgiaresources.com/daith-piercing-relieves-fibromyalgia-pain/
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects the muscles and the connective tissue around the muscles that joins them to your bones. Although it is not fully understood, it appears that the pain control mechanisms in the brain’s autonomic nervous system have been reset to increase the sensitivity to small stimuli. It is like setting the volume control on your music system to deafening levels.
This is where Daith Piercing comes in. Doctors have known that migraines and fibromyalgia are connected for years. Those who suffer from migraines badly are more likely to have fibromyalgia too. However you can suffer from fibromyalgia without migraines. The common factor to both illnesses is that it takes less stimulus before the pain processes managed by your brain kick in.
The Vagus Nerve is a major part of our background autonomic nervous system, and helps control many fundamental processes in our body (digestive system, blood pressure and breathing), including the way we feel pain. This is particularly important for migraine and fibromyalgia. The Daith Piercing works by stimulating the Vagus Nerve where it supplies the ear
A technical note – Vagus nerve stimulation had been studied by the medical profession for many years and is used in the treatment of migraine and epilepsy in particular. Although the way it works is not fully understood, it appears that stimulating the sensory fibres sends signals back to the centres in the brainstem at the base of the brain where the Vagus Nerve originates from.
One explanation for this is that these centres interact to control the balance between the levels of excitation and inhibition. This is most obviously seen in its effect on epilepsy, an illness where the electrical processes are so disrupted that the sufferer has fits and seizures. Similar but less dramatic processes happen with the pain control in migraines.
Originally electrodes were placed inside the body around the Vagus Nerve. This can work well but is difficult and expensive to do, and has serious risks of infection. Stimulation with devices that are pressed on the skin has been explored but they don’t work well and are expensive.
Daith Piercing directly stimulates the Vagus Nerve where it passes through a ridge in the ear just above the auditory canal to your ear drum. It has been know for over 100 years that this area is special since the Vagus Nerve carries sensory information from this area as well as the ear drum, the lining of the middle ear cavity and Eustachian tube which connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. This the tube can temporarily block when you fly, so that you have to make your ears ‘pop’ by swallowing to equalise the changes in air pressure.