Location: San Diego, CA
Years with Migraines: 20+
Occupation: Software Development Manager
How long have you had migraines?
I started getting ophthalmic migraines in 1980. The headaches with pain have been happening for about 20 years.
When do you usually get migraines?
It can happen anytime night or day. No trigger has been identified for me.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
-Over-the-counter pain meds
-Multiple prophylactic medications (topiramate, amitriptyline, Propranolol, etc.)
-Food log and diet changes (e.g. no gluten, no dairy, no coffee, tea or soda)
-Occipital nerve block
-Comprehensive allergy testing
-Coconut oil head-massage
-A variety of pillow and mattress types
-Ergonomic assessment at work station
-Cranial physical therapy
-Stopped chewing gum
-None of that worked and my Neurologist ordered neurotoxin injections. Before trying the injections I heard about Cefaly and passed on the injections. Almotriptan works for me but it’s a strong pill that I’d prefer not to take any more often than necessary.
What does your migraine feel like?
The pain starts at the base of my scull/back of my neck. It then moves to my right temple and behind my right eye. I don’t really have a hyper sensitivity to light or sound but do have constant pain that makes me irritable during headaches.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
In 2014 a friend sent this link to me: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/05/08/device-claims-to-prevent-brutal-migraines-without-drugs/
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Prior to Cefaly I was getting migraines every 6 days on average. Immediately upon using the device the cadence went to a headache every 21 days on average. I’ve been using Cefaly since July 2014. This a significant quality of life upgrade. I look forward to the daily 20-minute “head massage.” My neurologist has now instructed me to try it when I feel a headache coming on even if I have already had my session that day. The double-down works sometimes but not every time.
The intensity of the headaches has not changed for me. I still need to take the only medication that works for me (Almotriptan) when I do get a headache but am happy that I’m taking the pill roughly once a month vs once a week.
What made you want to share your story?
This is one of only two “solutions” that has made a noticeable difference for me and this one is not a pill. I have heard first-hand that many of the things I’ve tried worked wonderfully for others. Our bodies are complex and you have to keep trying until you find what works.
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