No more migraine pain for Tracee!

Name: Tracee
Age: 48
Location: Arlington, TX
Years with Migraines:
Occupation: Nurse

How long have you had migraines?
I was officially diagnosed at 18 but I’ve probably been having them since I was 14 or 15 years old though.

When do you usually get migraines?
We’ve gotten them down to where I’ll have them with my monthly cycle and if there are certain weather changes, I’ll have migraines too. I have food triggers but I stay away from them. The biggest one is actually a low-calorie artificial sugar substitute sweetener made with aspartame. We found that one after many years of trying to identify it. I can’t drink beer or anything with hops in it, that’s probably the biggest food one. Luckily I don’t have problems with cheeses or processed meats but those other things are almost guaranteed to give me a migraine.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Over the years I’ve been on a number of medications. I’ve tried different preventives. Right now I’m on nortriptyline as a preventive and eletriptan for acute pain, which after much trial and error is the right triptan for me. I also use the Cefaly, which decreases the intensity when I have the migraines.

What does your migraine feel like?
Most commonly it’s a stabbing pain, up and behind my right eyeball, and a lot of time it’s throbbing; it’s usually right sided. I do sometimes have left sided migraines and occasionally bilateral but most of the time it’s like a stabbing ice pick behind my right eye and throbbing pain from the forehead to the crown of the head. I also have nausea, and severe light and noise sensitivity. About 6 years ago I started getting blurred vision in one eye when I’d get a migraine.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I’m a nurse and also a “techy” so I started having newsfeeds set up for areas of interest. I set up a newsfeed for Cefaly when the company was developing the original device. So I’ve been following the results and the testing and everything since then.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been a good. I had used tens units in the past so I was pretty prepared for what I thought the Cefaly would entail. I’ve found Cefaly to be an intense experience, but worth it. It has definitely decreased the intensity of my migraines. I used to put the intensity level at an 8 or a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 and very rarely did I have a migraine that was a 6. Now, more often than not I might have one that’s a 1 or a 2. This also helps to give me a longer window to take my triptan and use the acute mode of the Cefaly. Since starting Cefaly preventative mode daily, I often only know I have a migraine because of the vision disturbances because I don’t feel any pain. Before Cefaly and before nortriptyline I’d have some migraines that would last three days. I was having at least one a week and sometimes three a week and that could take over the week. For the long lasting ones, I would have to take a migraine cocktail similar to what we’d give in the ER. That was when my doctor said we should try something else. I love my Cefaly. Prior to Cefaly, I would frequently have episodes that rendered me bedridden for at least 12 hours and about half the time they would not respond to a single triptan dose.

What made you want to share your story?
I see the testimonials on the Cefaly website and follow the company on Facebook and since Cefaly is expensive I read a lot of testimonials about it before I was ready to commit that kind of money to it. I think offering my story gives people a wider access to the possibilities that there are with it and that way people have an opportunity to get some relief.

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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50% less migraines for Angela now that she uses Cefaly

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Name: Angela
Age: 41
Location: Houston, TX
Years with Migraines: 20
Occupation: Self-employed in online business

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for approximately 20 years. I was in college when I had the first one it was the worst headache pain ever. The start of the headache was when I was on the way to school I probably took something to heal the pain but it got worse and worse but on the way back home the light was on and I had to keep my eyes closed, I felt like I was going to throw up.

When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t noticed a trigger as far as any foods but most often my headaches occur in the morning. I’ll wake up with them and not just morning time, sometimes 3 am. It’s hard for me to understand when your body is resting and sleeping and to wake up with that type of pain is not good. I just don’t understand why that happens.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried different medications to see what worked best. For me an over the counter drug that’s basically a mix of aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine has worked best. I think it’s because it has caffeine in it.

What does your migraine feel like?
Lots of times my headaches involve one side of my head or the other and the pain runs down through my neck. Sometimes it’s a pounding pain. Other times I also feel the pain behind the eye.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I think I heard about it on TV, maybe Good Morning America.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I simply love the device. it makes my head feel so good. Even on some nights when I don’t have a headache I’ll put it on just because the sensation it gives the whole head makes you feel good. When I use it when I have a headache it also helps alleviate the pain as well. I haven’t been someone to use it on a regular basis to prevent one but I do use it when I get one or when I want to relax a little bit. I definitely have noticed an improvement which is great because the bad pain can completely ruin your day. I would say my migraines have decreased by at least 50-percent. I used to get them way more frequently than I do now.

What made you want to share your story?
I love the device and I know I don’t have any power to make people buy one but I can tell them about it. I have the Cefaly 1 and I keep it on my headboard that way it’s right there in case I wake up with a headache. It’s something I definitely want to have by my side.

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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Debbie: I call Cefaly a life changer

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Name: Debbie
Age: 60
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Years with Migraines: 13
Occupation: Retired (from Human Resources)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since 2005. I had a full hysterectomy and immediately after I started getting migraines.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have some food triggers I’ve identified, like: chocolate, red wine, vinegar, tomato and citrus. I think scent is perhaps my biggest trigger, especially perfumes and scented lotions. Sometimes I’ll get a migraine if I encounter one of these triggers but sometimes I’ll get a migraine and none of the triggers are in the midst.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried acupuncture – three different kinds and each one about 20 sessions (not just three attempts); I wanted to make sure I gave it a real chance to work. I’ve also gone to see a chiropractor, done food elimination, bio-feedback, massage therapy; basically anything that I could Google or that someone would say “Have you tried it?” I’d give it a shot. My previous doctor was just throwing prescription drugs at the problem and I was looking for a new solution. I wasn’t depressed and didn’t need an anti-depressant and I didn’t have seizures and didn’t want to be on an anti-seizure medication.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s always the same. It’s always on the right side and right above my eyebrows. It’s a pulsating, throbbing, pain.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I got a card from a new headache clinic in my area and went to hear the doctor talk. She was a neurologist and was talking about homeopathic things in addition to the more traditional migraine treatments. I kind of liked her. I thought then that if my migraines didn’t improve she was someone I’d likely go to see. Ultimately I ended up switching to her care and she recommended the Cefaly to me.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Great! Truly. I’ve had three months with only one migraine each month, instead of 12-14 a month (and those could last from up to one day to three days each). I started it on Halloween 2017 and was seeing results by November. While I still had one migraine the pain was less intense and it was just for a day.

I use my Cefaly every day for 20-minutes. On occasion I’ll use it twice in a day if I think I’m about to get a migraine or if I’m just not sure and it will stop it from coming on. I’ve also started taking some supplements that the neurologist suggested. I call Cefaly a life changer. It was hard to plan to do things before, I think “Well, if I don’t get a migraine...” I don’t use the word dwell but for years it was like there was this cloud over my head but now it’s totally lifted. This March (2018) I went three times to the movies! I had stopped going for eight years because the lighting and the sounds would trigger a migraine. I also went to a concert and no migraine! That’s huge!

What made you want to share your story?
Migraines are just so painful and people who don’t get migraines, well, they just don’t get it. They say “Oh, I’m sorry you don’t feel well,” and they mean well but you just want to bop them in the head. I’d say if you have a migraine, test the Cefaly. It has a 60-day money back guarantee and you’d be crazy not to try it. I’m sharing my story because I’d want somebody to tell me about it. I suffer from migraines and I get your pain. Try 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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Elaine experiences less intense migraines with Cefaly

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Name: Elaine
Age: 62
Location: Pennsylvania
Years with Migraines: 46
Occupation: Retired (from retail)

How long have you had migraines?
The first migraine I had was when I was 16 and have had them since then.

When do you usually get migraines?
The migraine can start at almost any time of day, but within the last couple of years most of the time when I get one, it is in the middle of the night, as in 2:00 am.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I didn’t really seek any treatment for the migraines, except getting into bed for sleep until I had 2 children and of course I could no longer do that. At first I just went to my primary care doctor and he prescribed a drug that’s a combination of Acetaminophen, Isometheptene and Dichloralphenazone; and then sumatriptan when it came on the market. After that I started to see a neurologist and was prescribed a series of different anti-depressants and SSRI’s. I am currently taking a beta blocker and I use Zolmitriptan when I get a migraine.

What does your migraine feel like?
I have basically two types of pain when I have a migraine, 1, pressure type pain across my forehead and 2, on the left side of my head, about at the temple it feels like an ice pick  going through my head, a very localized pain.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I heard about Cefaly before it was on the market and then I saw a news section on the local Philadelphia news about the Cefaly and that it would soon be available by prescription. I think I was in my doctor’s office the next day.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I started using the Cefaly in May 2014. I still take medication for migraines and still get eight or so a month but the intensity is much less. Some day I would like to be able to try the new Cefaly for acute pain.

What made you want to share your story?
I believe sharing your story can be helpful to others that are in the same situation, that they see that they are not alone and that there might be hope of relief.
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Sofiya: Cefaly is the best solution for my migraines

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Name: Sofiya
Age: 70
Location: Saddle Brook, NJ
Years with Migraines: 13
Occupation: programmer 

How long have you had migraines?
It’s going to be 13 years this year. I had a lot of stress at my work and I started to feel burning pain and pressure in my head. Sometimes I had an aura. I was seeing zig-zag and it finally closed my vision and I saw flashes and bee combs in front of me. My left leg would become numb and my left arm would be restless. I ended up in the emergency room and I was told I had a migraine. I’d never had a migraine before.

When do you usually get migraines?
I get migraine in different parts of my head and different time of the day. There is no pattern.

When I first started getting migraines I went on internet and found list of items that are not good for people with migraines to eat and I cut all those foods out. Then I planned to go on a trip to Italy and I told my doctor I wanted to eat pizza so he told me to start little by little to add things back in. Now I eat almost everything in moderation. My biggest migraine trigger is stress but you cannot avoid stress. I just do the best that I can. I start going to work one day a week. After I started using Cefaly I work in the office three times a week and two days from home. I hope eventually I can work in the office every day.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I was up to almost 20 pills a day when my migraine started. I have tried different medication for last 13 years. It helped for a while and stopped. My neurologist recommended to get neurotoxin injections and I got them on June 1st last year. My migraines got very bad. I have had severe migraine for 20 hours a day. I was in ER. I went to a special headache center. I got answers – it’s very complicated case, I was not responding to any medication. My neurologist prescribed topiramate but I got problems with my digestive system and kidney stones.

I went for acupuncture once a week. Acupuncture and topiramate helped me a little bit. But I had to stop taking it because of kidney stones. Then my neurologist recommended me Cefaly.

What does your migraine feel like?
I don’t have burning pain anymore. It’s like pressure. I cannot say it’s throbbing, it used to be but now it’s pressure in different parts of my head. It’s just traveling in my head.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I bought Cefaly Dual and started using it on January 26. I stopped using topiramate on January 29. Usually I use preventive every day. I used acute only 3 times. I do not use any medication now. I’m still getting headache a few times a day. But they are not so bad and I have them for 5 – 10 minutes. I did not have headache one day in February and for two days in March. I don’t use any medication at all anymore, not even over the counter medication. I have to take care of my digestive system and I have to take care of my kidney stones. I am getting better. The Cefaly helps and I am going to continue to do this. I believe for now, for me, this is the best solution for my migraines. I also don’t have aura  anymore and now I can drive again.

What made you want to share your story?
I went to the Cefaly blog and I did not find anybody that had burning pain and I did not find anybody who had my type of aura. Before neurotoxin injections I was reading everything on the internet and talk to people. I was trying to get information on what could help me. Now I found something that helped me I want other people to know about it. I believe Cefaly and acupuncture — those two things together are helping me. I don’t take any medication anymore. The medications they just cause big problems for me.

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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