Location: Brooklyn, NY
Years with Migraines: 33
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 3 years old. My mom actually remembers me telling her that I saw bright lights and that my head hurt and that I was going to throw up. It’s one of my earliest memories.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve identified some of them but it’s a moving target. Some of my migraines seem to be related to my monthly cycle. When my other auto-immune disorders are acting up (I have Crohn’s Disease) or when I’m in stressful situations, those tend to trigger migraine. A glass of red wine is what I call a “migraine in a bottle!” I’ve also had a headband start a migraine. Typically, I’ll get migraines in the evening. If I get one in the morning, then I know my day is shot.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been in physical therapy for my neck and that’s helped to a degree. I’ve also tried acupuncture, and pain killers.
What does your migraine feel like?
My migraine usually starts in back of neck and it feels like it’s shooting toward my eye. I’m usually nauseated beforehand. When I feel pain creeping up the left side of my neck, I’m like uh oh. To me, it feels dull with an omnipresent dull stab (I wouldn’t’ call it a throb because I can’t feel my pulse in it).
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My nurse practitioner at my neurologist’s office recommended it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been awesome! I definitely wear it more than I’m probably supposed to. I find it can interrupt some headaches even if it doesn’t stop the headache completely. It dulls the pain enough or distracts me enough from the pain that I can go about whatever I need to do, which is a HUGE improvement to my quality life.
I am a photographer primarily and a lot of my work involves staring into a computer screen and that can screw with posture and your eyes. Before Cefaly, I would think: OK, I’m going to work myself into a migraine today but I have to do 8 hours of work, but now if I know I’m going to be sitting at computer for that long I just put the Cefaly on and sometimes I never get a migraine. It’s made that working long in the prison that is my computer far more possible and more enjoyable. I have maybe 3-4 fewer migraines a month (taking me down from 20 to 17 or 15 even) that’s awesome. Want to see some of Gail’s work? Click here.
What made you want to share your story?
I feel there are a lot of people who suffer from migraines and you don’t really hear about the non-pharmaceutical options that exist. I hated going to pain doctors all the time and feeling their only way of helping was putting more opioids into my system. I want people with migraines to know there are other things.
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