Chris: Cefaly is better than taking medication

Name: Chris
Age: 64
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Years with Migraines: 43
Occupation: Retired (dietitian)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 43 years. I don’t remember what started them. I remember a head injury in 3rd grade but I wasn’t diagnosed with migraines until my 20s. They’re definitely weather-related but I don’t remember what started them.

When do you usually get migraines?
The change in weather, barometric pressure, hormones, stress, etc.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I take an anti-seizure medication and an anti-depressant as migraine preventives. I’ve tried acupuncture and it probably would’ve helped but insurance didn’t cover it, so I stopped doing it.

What does your migraine feel like?
I have some nausea. I don’t have any visual disturbances. My migraines typically feel like a pounding headache on one side, usually my left side, but sometimes it will move to my right side. I sometimes will wake up in the middle of night with a headache and it’s a severe pounding pain.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I had one grandchild she would take a morning nap and that’s when I’d use it every morning and sometimes twice a day if needed. I have both machines (Cefaly 1 and 2). Now that I have two grandchildren it’s harder to find the time to us my device since I’m their caregiver during the day. I do feel I’ve had less migraines and they seem to be less severe. Cefaly kind of takes the edge off of them. If I use my Cefaly right when it’s starting sometimes I can stop it but if it can’t it will typically make it less severe. I basically use it in two ways: as a preventive and as an abortive.

What made you want to share your story?
I find that Cefaly helps you, you just have to be consistent using it. It’s better than taking medication.

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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Margaret finds her Cefaly device ‘helps a lot’

Name: Margaret (Peggy )
Age: 69
Location: PA and Okeechobee, FL
Years with Migraines:
Occupation: dance teacher (retired)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines over 30 years. I just remember always waking with a headache and they would be so severe in the morning it just felt like someone was hitting me in the face with an iron skillet. About 10 years ago I went to a neurologist and he said it was an atypical migraine.

When do you usually get migraines?
Once in a while I get a migraine but I don’t get them as often as I used to. Now that I know what they are, I know there are triggers to watch out for, such as strong colognes – men and women’s, flowers, cigarette smoke, weather, and barometric pressure.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before I was diagnosed with migraines I was taking an over the counter medication four times a day and having a lot of rebound headaches. I previously tried a prescription acetaminophen with codeine and several anti-depressants. My doctor now has me on anti-seizure medication and supplements. I also take sumatriptan combined with two naproxen once a migraine has started and it’s gone within 30-minutes.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s changed over the years. Now my migraines feel like there’s a knife going down through the top of my head and behind my eye. Mostly, it feels like I have a hat on that’s 20 sizes too small… like a vice.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I saw someone on TV talking about it and then I saw it in a magazine article. My sister also spoke with someone who was using it and that’s when I called my doctor and while he didn’t know a lot about it at the time he said what he had heard was good. That was back in 2014.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s helped a lot. I have one experience specifically that highlights this. My husband and I left Pennsylvania to go down to Florida to renovate a place we bought, and were so busy that my migraines were horrendous. I remembered I wasn’t using my device anymore like I was supposed to. Now I’m back on track and things are manageable again. I was having 6-7 migraines a month but now it’s around 3 a month. Sometimes it’s more, but usually it’s about three.

What made you want to share your story?
I think it’s important to share. I don’t have migraines as bad as other people. I know there are people who are just devastated and can’t get out of bed but if this could help just one person what a gift it would be to them.

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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FDA-Approved Cefaly Device to Stop Migraines Now Available

Renowned for helping prevent migraine attacks, a new FDA clearance paves way for more Cefaly devices that can now stop a migraine in progress and prevent a future episode too

CEFALY Technology announces today the release of two new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved migraine treatment devices. Cefaly®, already the first FDA-approved external trigeminal nerve stimulation (e-TNS) device for the prevention of migraine attacks, is now the only migraine device available for use during a migraine attack with or without aura.

The Cefaly® ACUTE can help rescue a migraine already in progress. The Cefaly® DUAL is a device that combines the newly approved ACUTE treatment with its prophylactic predecessor, the Cefaly® 2; now more appropriately renamed Cefaly® PREVENT.

“We are excited that we can now offer migraine patients several drug-free options in their migraine care,” said Dr. Pierre Rigaux, the chief executive officer of CEFALY Technology, and a member of the team that invented the device.  “We have developed a way for migraine patients to stop a migraine and prevent a migraine without medication and with next-to-no side effects.”

The new FDA-approval follows several clinical trials that demonstrated that one hour of e-TNS with the Cefaly® ACUTE can relieve or stop the migraine headache. Results from the acute treatment of migraine with external trigeminal nerve stimulation double-blind randomized placebo control trial were presented at a recent meeting of the International Headache Society. The findings showed that on average, the Cefaly® treatment reduced migraine pain by 65%. In addition, 32% of patients were pain free within an hour.

Proprietary Cefaly® technology has been adapted to efficiently and safely address the different phases of migraines. There are now three treatment options: Cefaly® PREVENT, a prophylaxis treatment; Cefaly® ACUTE, a rescue treatment, and Cefaly® DUAL, a device that combines both prevent and acute technologies.

Despite these differences, the devices are administered in the same way: a device is placed on the forehead via a magnetic connection to a self-adhesive electrode, which then sends precise micro-impulses through the skin to the upper branches of the trigeminal nerve to either relieve headache pain during a migraine attack or to prevent a future migraine attack. All Cefaly® devices are available to adults by prescription-only.

About CEFALY Technology
CEFALY Technology is a Belgium-based company, with US offices based in Wilton, Connecticut, specializing in electronics for medical applications. It has developed external cranial stimulation technology for applications in the field of neurology; in particular for treating migraines. For more information, visit http://www.cefaly.us. Find Cefaly on Twitter: @Cefaly and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CefalyEN.

 

 

 


Maria Coder
CEFALY Technology
(917) 202-8514 mobile
web: www.cefaly.us

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Victoria finds that Cefaly positively affects her quality of life

Name: Victoria
Age: 60
Location: Concord, MA
Years with Migraines: 47
Occupation: health care management consultant

How long have you had migraines? 
Almost 50 years. I suspect that they were brought on by puberty and hormone fluctuations.  My neurologist also thinks some childhood traumas around puberty might have triggered them.

When do you usually get migraines?
I definitely had hormonal triggers but I’m well passed menopause and they didn’t go away. Barometric pressure and storm related-events, like a windstorm, snow, etc., will trigger a migraine. I happen to live in New England and if there’s more than a 30-degree temperature swing in a 24-hour period, I am sure to get a migraine.  Basically I have chronic migraines. I’m lucky if I go a couple of days without one.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried a lot of different things. I got temporary improvement with acupuncture, NAET, chiropractic adjustments, electrical stimulation on trigger points, massage, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, counseling, and exercise.  I tried food elimination to see if I had food allergies that were triggering my migraines without improvement.  My neurologist eventually put me on a cocktail of preventive medications that included a low dose of a tricyclic antidepressant, a SSRI antidepressant and anti-seizure.   I also tried several triptans to rescue a migraine but the side effects made me worse.  I use trigger point therapy with a massager or cane and that helps. But nothing has helped as much as newer electrical stimulation devices.    I also have fibromyalgia and my neurologist says I am Circadian Rhythm-challenged.  So times of year when it gets darker faster or lighter faster my migraines get much worse. So I do light therapy during those periods and that’s very helpful as well.   Currently I’m not on any preventive drug. I was on them for 20 years and last October I forgot to take my mediations with me on the first vacation I’d taken in years.  All of a sudden I felt so good and I realized these meds were giving me real side effects. One of the side effects is that over a 20-year period I gained 80 lbs. I’ve lost half of that already without even trying. Before, when I was on the meds, I couldn’t walk a ½ block without being winded.  Now I’m back exercising – nothing too strenuous — and I want to get out and do things again.  I feel better than I have for 20 years!

What does your migraine feel like?
My frequent migraines don’t tend to get real severe. Sometimes I get the kind that are like an ice pick stab through your eye or through your forehead. I also get the kind when there’s just a lot of pain on one side of my head or another and sometimes they last for days. My migraines include symptoms like nausea, brain fog, and a lack of coordination.

How did you hear about Cefaly? 
I had tried FDA approved home electrical stimulation devices for my fibromyalgia and also had it with a chiropractor when I was very young. In the last 15-20 years I’ve tried to do self therapy as much as possible. When I realized electrical stimulation devices existed for fibromyalgia that mimic what my medications were doing, I did research online and found Cefaly for migraines.  I even found an electrical stimulation device for my migraine induced nausea.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It has had a really positive effect on the quality of my life.   I do at least one session a day for prevention.  If I feel a headache coming on I will do maybe 2-4 consecutive sessions and it really helps relieve the pain. I find it helps the muscles let go. It’s usually not until I get past the 2nd session that my locked up muscles  start to release. It does help, it’s pretty amazing. It takes a significant amount of the painful edge off.

What made you want to share your story?
Mostly because I’ve had migraines for so long and I’ve tried so many different types of therapies to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve tried a lot of alternative therapies too. Some work, some don’t and for me this is the very best alternative therapy I’ve tried in all the years I’ve had migraines.  I know that part of my success is from the combined effect of multiple therapies.  Getting off my migraine medications and using Cefaly instead has truly transformed my life.

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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Suanne: Cefaly has changed my life

Name: Suanne
Age: 72
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Years with Migraines: 30
Occupation: teacher (retired)

How long have you had migraines?
30 years. I went back to work and that’s when they started. I don’t know if going to work brought them on but that’s when they started.

When do you usually get migraines?
My number one trigger is stress. Liquor is also a definite trigger but I don’t drink anymore. Aged cheeses are a trigger and travel is another main trigger. I’m definitely sensitive to sound and flickering lights. Fortunately, smells do not bother me.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried everything: beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, anti-seizure medication, antidepressants, different supplements and vitamins, etc. I also tried two rounds of neurotoxin injections, which did not work, and chiropractic care, which did not work. These days I use a nasal spray when I have a migraine and it’s the only thing that works for me to abort a migraine — and it only works about 1/3 of time. The nasal spray gives me really bad side effects and makes me very sleepy and I feel just really bad, like hangover bad, and I have to go to bed. When it works the pain will go away but it ruins my entire day and I can’t do anything.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s on the right side of my head behind my eye. It starts to slowly drift to the right side of my head and is just excruciatingly painful.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I read about it on Facebook. A friend of mine posted an article about it; her daughter has migraines.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s wonderful, it is absolutely the most incredible experience I’ve ever had! Before Cefaly I had about three migraines a week and now I rarely have them. I’m down to maybe one a month it’s just been amazing. The difference it’s made in my life is incredible. I feel like it’s literally given me my life back because when you have three migraines a week you don’t’ have a life when they’re as severe as mine were. Also, I’ve been diagnosed with tension headaches and many mornings I wake up with a tension headache and I’ll put on my Cefaly and by the time my Cefaly is through the headache is gone.

What made you want to share your story?
It’s changed my life! Cefaly has been so wonderful and I tell everybody I know that knows anybody with migraines. I want to share because I just want to tell everybody. There really aren’t any doctors who know about migraines in Tulsa. When my doctor retired I almost cried. He referred me to a primary care provider but it turns out I don’t need a neurologist anymore. My PCP gave me the prescription for Cefaly and my life is very different now. People need to know; especially in Tulsa. It’s been a lifesaver for me, it really has.

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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