Emily: 90-Percent Less Migraines with Cefaly

First Name: Emily
Age: 19
Location: Hammondsport, NY
Years with Migraines: 15
Occupation: College student

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines about 15 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
Certain foods can bring on a migraine (msg is huge, gluten, etc.), not getting enough sleep and stress; lighting has been a big trigger for me.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried acupuncture, ice cap, topiramate extended release, beta blockers, anti-depressants, essential oils, massages, different diets, yoga, and chiropractic care. Pretty much anything in the book you can think of, I’ve tried it. I was approved for neurotoxin injections 5-years ago but I haven’t wanted to do that yet.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s like your head is going to explode. It’s almost like a brain freeze and you can’t turn it off. It’s extreme pressure in your head.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use it prophylactically and when I have a migraine. It’s just been excellent. My migraines have cut down at least 90% using it. I went off the beta blocker; I didn’t need that any more! I am in college so when I feel a migraine come on I can wear it while I’m trying to do different types of homework. I love that it’s so diverse. I don’t have to stay in just one place and use it. I think it’s really great and I tell everyone about it. I have the original Cefaly so I’ve been using it about 5-years. Since using the Cefaly my migraines have now become more menstrual too – it’s more limited to that time period.

What made you want to share your story?
This device is so great and if it can help anyone with the pain in their heads, it’s definitely worth it.

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 helped Sveta stop rebound headaches

First Name: Sveta
Age: 30
Location: Seattle, Washington
Years with Migraines: 24
Occupation: Software Security Professional

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 6 years old. I think for me it’s genetic; my uncle had them and my grandma had them too. I used to have episodic migraines for years but 4-years ago I moved to chronic migraine. I once had a non-stop migraine for 6-months.

When do you usually get migraines?
Lack of sleep and stress are triggers for me. During an attack I’m also light-sensitive, as well as sensitive to noise and smells. I really like spicy food but during migraine I really cannot stand the smell of certain spices.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Anti-depressants, beta blockers, neurotoxin injections. I’ve participated in clinical trials. I think the use of everything helps me with my condition.

What does your migraine feel like?
It starts on my right eye and then it spreads over my head. Sometimes I do have tingling in my tongue, back of my neck, and my left leg. When it’s a really strong episode of migraine it kind of feels like a stroke but I know it’s not. My left side is weaker than my right side. English is not my native language so during a migraine attack I have trouble speaking English.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’m using the device for prevention and for acute treatment. After 5 to 6 weeks I started to see improvement and I’ve been using Cefaly for 3 and a half years. Lately I use it more often for acute treatment and I can finally move out of acute medication – so instead of taking a triptan; for example, I use Cefaly and it helps me and I can sleep with it. Right now during a migraine attack if I need to go for a walk with my kid I use the device as well. It reduces pain during an attack and I feel functional with it. Sometimes I don’t want to take it off so sometimes I use it for hours. I can wear it at work. I can do everyday activities with it too. I’ve noticed that when I have tingling and aura in advance of my migraine I put on the Cefaly and I have less tingling in my leg with this device. My doctor thinks it’s important to try to stay away from acute medication because you can have rebound headaches and medication overuse headaches and this device helped me to break the cycle and stay away from acute medication. Now I have 1-2 migraines per month, which is a huge thing for me. It’s a completely new life!

What made you want to share your story?
I think people need to know about several options that can help them with migraines. I remember that for me it was very hard because when I started to have chronic migraines, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know anybody else who had this condition, I didn’t know how to help myself, how to go back to work, how to lead a normal life. It’s not only medication that can help, there are devices like Cefaly that can help you.

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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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Lauren: Cefaly has been really helpful

First Name: Lauren
Age: 26
Location: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Years with Migraines: 26
Occupation: Teacher

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 10.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have a lot of triggers: lack of sleep, lack of food, being off-balance with my schedule. I have to make sure I stay hydrated and get enough water, things like that. In the past some scents would give me a migraine, like if I walked past a candle store but now that’s not usually a trigger. If I have a migraine certain lighting and sounds will make it uncomfortable but they doesn’t usually cause it.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried a lot of preventive medications. Since using the Cefaly I’ve also tried acupuncture, chiropractic care, meditation, and yoga. I use sumatriptan as needed and that has helped to abort a migraine. Recently I’ve been doing the CGRP inhibitor and topiramate and that’s been helpful but I’ve continued the Cefaly throughout. At one point I stopped the Cefaly to see if it was still working and I saw an increase in my headaches so I restarted it again.

What does your migraine feel like?
I get tension headaches and migraines. When I get a migraine it’s usually behind my eye and there’s a lot of pain. It usually just stays there for the duration of the migraine. It’s not always the same eye but it’s always in the same location.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I went to a neurologist and he prescribed it to me.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly has been really helpful. I think I’ve been using it for about 5 years. Ever since I’ve been using it I feel my headaches are less severe and less often. At one point I wasn’t sure if the Cefaly was still working so I stopped it for a month just to see and I found there was an increase, so I know that it’s definitely working. Anytime that I can get through a migraine and not have to take a nap, that’s great. I now have the Cefaly dual so I can do the longer treatment and it takes the pain away for at least the hour that it’s running. I had the Cefaly I originally but now I use the dual.

What made you want to share your story?
I have found that Cefaly is really helpful and I’ve shared it with other people that I know. I’ve even shared it with people that I don’t know on social media because I’ve found it so helpful. If I can be helpful in someone finding relief, I want to be able to do that.

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Kirsten: Cefaly covers up the pain

First Name: Kirsten
Age: 50
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Years with Migraines: 35+
Occupation: Professor

How long have you had migraines?
My migraines started when I was 14, but they were episodic until 2002. Since then I’ve had chronic daily migraine.

When do you usually get migraines?
It’s changed over the years. Currently I’m usually okay in the morning, but the migraine gets worse in the afternoon and evening. The next morning it’s usually better again. It usually hits me after I finish teaching, around 2 p.m. My migraines are definitely stress-related, but weather and hormones are also significant triggers.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tend to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug around one since I know my head will start pounding by around two, but my doctor told me not to take it that often, so I only use it when necessary. I’ve tried just about every medication. I even tried the new CGRP inhibitors but I felt worse. If I haven’t tried a specific medication, at least I’ve tried that class of medication. I’ve also tried acupuncture and yoga. Yoga helped, but my migraines got so bad I couldn’t even do it anymore. I tried a gluten-free diet for about nine months, but that didn’t work. I also stopped eating sweets for about a year, but that didn’t work for me either. I’ve tried biofeedback and met with a pain specialist counselor, with some success.

What does your migraine feel like?
At its worst, I can’t move and I end up lying on my bed and I want to cry but I can’t because then it hurts even more. It’s an incessant pounding and I feel totally alone.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I found Cefaly through my own research and then I asked my neurologist about it and he gave me a prescription. I keep up with all the new migraine research and treatments.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I feel the Cefaly has helped when I have migraines. It’s a distraction and covers up the pain, especially in the moment. I used it preventatively for a long time but that didn’t seem to make that much of a difference. It’s more helpful to me during a migraine, before it becomes severe. I would recommend Cefaly to anybody with migraines because at least there aren’t any bad side effects, which is rare!

What made you want to share your story?
I want to help anybody with migraines. I was a patient advocate for the National Headache Foundation, and I have a lot of students with migraines. If they tell me they have migraines I invite them to my office and I share my experience with them. I don’t give them specific advice, but I tell them about preventative medications, headache specialists, and 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.

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Lisa: Cefaly gives me a (migraine) break!

Name: Lisa
Age: 48
Location: St Louis, Missouri
Years with migraines: 40+
Occupation: Communications

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines my whole life. My mother had them, my grandmother had them, and now my daughter has started to get them too.

When do you get migraines?
I have a variety of triggers, such as: my menstrual cycles, cigarette smoke, sun, weather changes, lack of sleep, and fluorescent lighting, to name a few.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I am presently on a series of medications. I take daily anti-epileptic medication for preventive care. I also do neurotoxin injections and I just started a (CGRP-R) antagonist. I find that each new level of medication or treatment has made an improvement. There’s no one trigger, or one problem, so there’s no one solution. I have always had to have a strategy of treatments. I’ve had to approach it very differently with a variety of things. In addition to the medications, I also take a series of vitamins and minerals. I drink a lot of water because dehydration is a huge issue for my headaches. I don’t drink caffeine most of the time, except for an occasional tea. I don’t drink alcohol anymore because of migraines though I hardly drank before. I’ve made a lot of lifestyle changes to try to help myself. I workout with a personal trainer, I make sure my posture is good. I’m trying a holistic approach.

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraine always starts in my neck. I have a really high pain tolerance so my migraines last for days but I’ll keep going. A lot of times it’s a consistent feeling of pain, nausea, and exhaustion. I start to feel like every movement is a ton of work and all I want to do in those situations is go to seep in a dark, cold, room. I function a lot with a migraine of a 4 or 5 level for several days in a row.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I think it popped up on Facebook several years ago. I’d been Googling migraine treatments and the Cefaly device had just been FDA approved. I went to my doctor with it and was among the first in my neurologist’s office to try it.

What’s your experience been like with the device?
I used it 4-6 months daily for 20-minutes and it helped me to relax to sleep. It was several years ago but I don’t remember thinking my migraines were decreasing; what I did notice was that when I had a migraine coming and I put the device on it would calm the chaos in my brain – and this was the early version that looked like a crown, so it did not have the acute setting). Still, if I had a migraine coming I’d put it on and I found it helpful. I still use it in this way. It wasn’t the silver bullet but I don’t have any silver bullets. Cefaly is a great addition to bringing some calm to my brain that I didn’t have any other way of getting. If I have a full blown migraine I can put the Cefaly on and have no pain for the 20 minutes it’s on my head. Sometimes when you’re in that state you just need to have that relief. If I put in on when I have an 8 or a 9 level migraine, during the 20 minutes I have it on my migraine is non-existent. So, when I say it gives me a break, it really gives me a break! Afterward it takes my migraine from an 8 to a 6 or a 5. It really provides that break, that relief I need, to regroup because sometimes you’re just like I can’t handle another day of solid pain. Especially when I’d have migraines so many days in a row. At one point I was up to 18-20 days a month and then down to 6-10 days, that’s when I added in the Cefaly.

What made you want to share your story with us?
The more we educate ourselves about migraines, and the more we help each other, the better off we are. I talk about migraines all the time… you learn that it impacts so many peoples’ lives. I am a true believer in learning from shared experiences.

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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