Oneida: Cefaly is a constant companion

First Name: Oneida
Age: 59
Location: Pacific Northwest
Years with Migraines: 30+ years
Occupation: claims processor

How long have you had migraines:
When my migraines were first diagnosed 30 years ago, I was surprised. I’d been having bad headaches on and off since I was child. They became worse into young adulthood, so I thought they were normal. Didn’t everyone have them?

When do you usually get migraines?
Pre-Cefaly, there were weeks or months a time when I’d have a migraine more than 50% of the time. I’d also get them because of a few triggers. Changes in the weather, exposure for extended periods of time to sunlight, glare, fluorescent light, loud noise, and many fragrances. Also, missing meals, not eating enough protein, eating dairy, or not sleeping well will trigger a migraine. Since I started using Cefaly about 4 years ago, I’m down to migraines twice a month!

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Ice caps, neck massages, ice cold foods/drinks that cause “brain freeze”, frequent small meals/snacks, dark sunglasses, anti-inflammatory and anti-migraine meds, chiefly Sumatriptan.

What does your migraine feel like?
They vary. Before Cefaly, what once felt like a large bomb constantly exploding in my head, managed to get worse. Joining these symptoms in more recent years was the sensation of a hundred tingling, electrical shocks in my scalp. There was also pressure from what felt like vices applying on either on either side of my face, added like my head was being squished. They have left me with some permanent side effects.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
It was on a news shows during a segment featuring two doctors who said it was FDA approved.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I started experiencing the results, I couldn’t believe it. Cefaly is a constant companion on trips away from home when I have to fly or need to travel by car 2-3 hours from home. I have the first version and last year bought the most recent one. I use one or the other every day. I’m using this as I’m writing this blog! It’s helped me keep my sanity. It hasn’t cured my migraines, but my occasional bouts are much less painful and lots shorter. However, I must use it daily or else I’m in trouble and pretty much disabled.

What made you want to share your story?
After I heard about Cefaly, I happened to go to a neurologist who was doing a study about the effects of daily use of Cefaly. In full disclosure I became a subject. I am invested in Cefaly and have been sharing my story with other migraine suffers to help replace desperation and misery with a sense of freedom.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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Amanda: Cefaly has been life changing

First Name: Amanda
Age: 43
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 15+
Occupation: Substitute Teacher

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for at least 15 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
I get migraines when I have any kind of pureed strawberries. I also get migraines with hormonal changes. Sometimes I get migraines when I have a bad stress headache with neck and shoulder tension.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before Cefaly I took sumatriptan. I was having migraines with up to two weeks of rebound headaches. Quite often I would consume Ibuprofen and an iced, caffeinated drink with my sumatriptan (I call that my trifecta.)

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines feel like severe sinus pain over my left eye and, if bad enough, can include nausea and vomiting.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My primary care doctor told me about Cefaly and I ordered one almost immediately.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’ve been using Cefaly for several years. (I have the older model and my family calls it my face tiara.) Now I have maybe, two migraines a year. It has been life changing! I tell everyone I know who suffers from migraines about the success I’ve had with Cefaly. I even emailed one of my favorite podcast hosts about Cefaly, after hearing him talk about having migraines. It’s so nice not to lose so many days per month to migraines and headaches. I’m certain that I’ve saved money by having my Cefaly device rather than constantly refilling my migraine medicine prescriptions.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly has been life changing. Going from being a migraine sufferer to someone who rarely ever has a migraine felt unattainable before I started using Cefaly. My doctor was having me take medicine for migraine ‘maintenance’ but because I was having symptoms for over half of each month, that wasn’t even defined as ‘maintenance’. Finding something that works and isn’t a pill was even more exciting. I just can’t say enough about how great my experience has been since I began using Cefaly!

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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Cefaly brings fast migraine relief to Carolyn

First Name: Carolyn
Age: 47
Location: Virginia
Years with Migraines: 35+
Occupation: currently unemployed

How long have you had migraines?
35+ years

When do you usually get migraines?
I have daily-chronic migraine.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Most of the oral preventatives with no success. I use a triptan for abortive treatment.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s horrible pain, sometimes with nausea, dizziness, aphasia, weakness, numbness, tingling, etc.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
Facebook

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I had the band Cefaly for a couple of years but unfortunately it didn’t help as a preventative for me. I currently have the magnetic unit which I use as an abortive treatment.

What made you want to share your story?
I tell anyone that suffers from migraines to try it. I really like the magnetic unit because I can increase the intensity sooner to get relief faster. I have not been able to try the CGRP or neurotoxin injections due to insurance and finances. I am so glad I have my Cefaly.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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Alison: Cefaly makes my head pain more tolerable

First Name: Alison
Age: 35
Location: West Hills, California
Years with Migraines: 27
Occupation: Marriage and family therapist.

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines most of my life, beginning around the age of 8.

When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve identified triggers over the years, like: hormonal changes, red wine, lack of sleep, muscle spasms, different allergies, seasonal change, and inflammation from anything will trigger a migraine. Although my migraines can be triggered by triggers I can also just have migraine for no reason in particular.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tired almost every medication to treat migraines from beta blockers, anti-depressants and anti-epileptics to neurotoxin injections.

What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like an ice pick and a vice all at the same time. It’s above my eyes, around my temples, and it feels like I get a muscle spasm at the very base of my skull. I usually have nausea and dizziness.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I researched it myself before it was approved in the States and as soon as it was approved I went to a nearby headache clinic and asked them to write me a prescription for it so I could use it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I really like it and I’m actually on my second one as I ordered the Cefaly Dual when it came out. I use it whenever I have a headache. I also do the preventive setting every day for a 20-minute cycle, which has helped decrease the intensity of my migraines. I was the first one I know at my headache clinic to get one. I was able to do the full 20 –minute setting right away. When I have a migraine and I use the device on the acute setting, the migraine goes away while I’m using it and if I keep going it’ll help for the long run. Whenever I have it on the headache is always more tolerable.

What made you want to share your story?
I have been really happy with the Cefaly and hope that my story can help other people realize there are helpful treatment options out there.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

Carole: Cefaly interrupts the migraine cycle

First Name: Carole
Age: 74
Location: Angleton, Texas
Years with Migraines: 62
Occupation: Ophthalmology industry (retired)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 12.

When do you usually get migraines?
There hasn’t really been any one specific trigger. Sometimes I’ve walked out to the bright sun in a parking lot and gotten a migraine but it’s not every time. I’ve noticed that barometric pressure affects me. If it falls below 30 Hg I’m very apt to get a headache. Lately we’ve had a lot of rainy weather that’s not typical of here, so I’ve had my fair share of migraines and headaches.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Over the years I’ve tried different migraine medications, anti-seizure medications, anti-depressants, etc. I’ve tried massage therapy and that worked a little bit. I tried acupuncture but that didn’t work at all.

What does your migraine feel like?
To me a full migraine attack is with an aura so I know when that’s coming. I’ll get a really bad sharp pain and then it settles down and gets dull. It’ll last several hours. When I have a bad migraine I just want to go to a dark room and shut the door. Now I can do that but when I was working and younger that was very difficult to do. At that time I didn’t have the Cefaly either. Now that I have a Cefaly I put it on right away and that really helps. I’ve had the device almost 5-years now.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended it. She said she had one and asked me if I wanted to try it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been very positive. I really like it; especially the newer smaller one because I can walk around with it and travel with it. I like that I can plug it in and recharge it. I have less migraines now. The device also really helps when I’m getting a migraine. The Cefaly interrupts the migraine cycle for me. I don’t have any strong medication that I have to take anymore.

What made you want to share your story?
I really want to help other sufferers. There are a lot of people out there with migraines. My son has inherited my migraines. My father and my mother had migraines too. I told my son about the Cefaly and showed it to him when I saw him. He went to his doctor and asked his doctor for a prescription. It’s helping him too. It’s a great alternative to get relief without drugs and also to not have to lose so many sick days to your migraines.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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