Renea: Cefaly drops the pain level

First Name: Renea
Age: 48
Location: Portland, Oregon
Years with Migraines: 10
Occupation: former filing clerk

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines about 10 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t really identified any triggers but changes in weather and lighting sometimes bother me.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried every medication under the sun. I started acupuncture but I haven’t been to my acupuncturist for a year. I do feel acupuncture is helpful. I also tried neurotoxin injections and that helped for a while but then I stopped working.

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines feel like a lot of pressure and pounding and bad.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended the Cefaly device to me.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been helping pretty well. I think I’ve had it more than a couple of years. I use it sometimes preventively but I tend to use it more often once I have a migraine. I find it drops the pain level. If I used it every day, as I feel I should, it would probably help even more.

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Marcella: Cefaly is extraordinarily useful

First Name: Marcella
Age: 54
Location: Palmetto, FL
Years with Migraines: 50+
Occupation: Author

How long have you had migraines?
Migraine runs in the family. Dad had them. Mine started when I was a child.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have a vast long list of triggers: cheese, peanuts, wine, any alcohol… the triggers have shifted with age and situation; but food triggers my migraines absolutely. Noise is a trigger, allergies, and scent is a huge one for me. Light fortunately is not. When I didn’t know my food triggers, light was an issue, but since I’ve managed to get most of the food triggers under control I haven’t had another issue with light. Weather can also be a trigger.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I jumped through all kinds of hoops – multiple drug treatments, biofeedback, keeping a headache diary, trying to narrow down all of my triggers, neurotoxin injections, many different classes of medications. None of the preventatives to-date have worked, including the new CGRP-inhibitors.

What does your migraine feel like?
When it’s one of the worst ones, I am only semi-conscious. It’s crushing, I guess. It changes it stripes, it is a tiger that changes its stripes. The general day-to-day migraines are sharp and one sided, those feel like an ice pick but when we talk about the worst ones, the ones that send me to the emergency room, those are crushing. That feels like something is standing on my skull. Those are the ones that end with me on the floor. Fortunately those are few and far between.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
Right after it was FDA approved there were articles that came out in newspapers and everyone who knows me forwarded me those articles. I took it to my primary care doctor who wrote me a prescription.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
You’ll have to pry my Cefaly out of my cold dead hands because once I have a migraine and have my Cefaly on, it drastically reduces the level of my migraine pain. The Cefaly still is one of my go-to options.

What made you want to share your story?
The fact that the device really is extraordinarily useful to me. The fact that I can put the Cefely on in the midst of a pretty bad migraine and still function and be a reasonable human being, mostly. I might look a little weird but that’s pretty magical.

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Sara: Cefaly has made a difference

First Name: Sara
Age: 54
Location: Tampa, FL
Years with Migraines: 35
Occupation: Director of Patient Services (Nurse)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager but my migraines are better now. I am in menopause and I have a daith ear piercing, both of which I believe have been helpful.

When do you usually get migraines?
Previously I had migraines with my periods. I still have migraines with changes in the weather. I also get migraines if I get really cold. I previously got migraines when I would fly.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried IV therapy and was up to 200 mg of topiramate a day. The side effects of the topiramate was too much for me and the IV therapy was not only painful but difficult for my lifestyle. I also used heat therapy during a migraine. The only dietary trigger that I have found is red wine and I avoid it. I do take neurotoxin injections as a preventive and started that about 2 years ago.

What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like a tight band around my head with throbbing pain. I also have visual changes and vomiting.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I first saw the Cefaly on Good Morning America.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I have had Cefaly for 3 years and I love it. I truly believe the Cefaly has reduced the number of my migraine days and the pain level.

What made you want to share your story?
No one should suffer with chronic pain. Before seeking treatment with a neurologist for my migraines, I would have more than 20 days a month with a migraine and spend several days a month in bed. With preventive treatment, the Cefaly, and my ear piercing, I have three to four migraine days a month and the migraines resolve within hours. The treatments have made a difference in my lifestyle.

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Mary: Cefaly is ‘extremely effective’

First Name: Mary
Age: 59
Location: Wheaton, Maryland
Years with Migraines: 25+
Occupation: Nurse

How long have you had migraines?
More than 25-years.

When do you usually get migraines?
Previously I would have a headache every day, all day. The pain level ranged between a 5 and a ten rating on a pain scale of 0-10. Since I started taking one of the new CGRP-inhibitors and I was free and clear for 5-months but the last couple of weeks they’ve been coming back. I’ve been weaning off my medication so I don’t know if I’m tapering it down too quickly. I think if the pollen is bad, that seems to be a trigger. My migraines are always frontal. Lack of sleep stress, the weather, also contribute to my migraines.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried different medications, neurotoxin injections, CGRP-inhibitors, trigger-point injections in my neck and shoulders, massage, minerals/herbs, and exercise.

What does your migraine feel like?
When it’s bad it’s like a stabbing knife. Now with them coming back it’s more like a dull ache. I’ve never had that aura that other people get.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been very good. I’ve had it for about 5-years. I find it extremely effective. Recently when I’ve had the headaches in the morning it’s extremely useful and often makes my migraine go away. Sometimes I use it six or seven times in a row.

What made you want to share your story?
I think being in the medical field and working at a teaching hospital I think it’s good to help people with their research. Also, I found it to be a very effective treatment. It’s been a lifesaver.

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Joani: I definitely recommend Cefaly

First Name: Joani
Age: 61
Location: Port Orchard, Washington
Years with Migraines: 30
Occupation: School volunteer (retired nurse)

How long have you had migraines?
I have had migraines for about 30 years…they are much better than they were before menopause but I do still get them.

When do you usually get migraines?
My triggers are hormonal, sleep changes, not enough water, very hot weather, nitrates, some cheeses, MSG, low blood sugar, and flying on airplanes. 

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
In the past I have tried preventative meds, Amitriptyline, Vit B6, migraine diets and a cpap machine.  All helped some; none removed my migraines completely. I have taken prescription abortive meds for many years, having to change the med a few times as they quit working after awhile.

What does your migraine feel like?
Each headache is a bit different ranging from mild to severe with varying degrees of eye pressure and visual disturbances, nausea, head and jaw and neck pain, strange dizzy types of feelings, and sensitivity to lights.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I found it online in my own research.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I tried the Cefaly for the first time about 5 years ago as a preventative, as I had read about it researching new migraine treatments online. I used it daily for about 4 years and did see some decrease in my headaches but not drastically.  Now I use the Cefaly 2 (now called Cefaly Acute) only when I get a headache (1-5 times a month).  If I catch the headache soon enough, using the Cefaly at the beginning of my headache it usually takes the headache away or drastically reduces symptoms within an hour or so after use; sometimes even during my Cefaly session. I only take my sumatriptan about once every 2 or 3 months now.

I think that Cefaly is definitely worth trying. It has helped me. The preventive didn’t work as much as I wanted it to but I was starting to get less migraines anyway. A couple of times I started using my initial Cefaly abortively. It was just trial and error since that device was only supposed to be for preventive use and only for 20-minutes day but I noticed that it took the migraines away a lot of the times –more than 50-percent. Now I use the Cefaly Acute for a straight hour and it takes away my migraine more than 50-percent of the time as well. I definitely recommend it.

What made you want to share your story?
I think it’s worth a try. I know people who have migraines and how terrible it can be and mine seem less severe that most people. If I had them worse that I do, or did, I’d want to try anything.

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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