Location: Aptos, California
Years with Migraines: 70
Occupation: Teacher (retired)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for more than 70 years. We used to think that what I had was the flu but when I was about 7 years old I was officially diagnosed with migraines.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve identified certain triggers over the years and if I don’t sleep it doesn’t help. I’m also very sensitive to light and use special sunglasses to help with this. I can’t eat chocolate. I can’t drink red wine; alcohol of any kind is a trigger. I shouldn’t eat cheese but sometimes I do anyway.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried everything and anything that’s out there. I’ve tried, oxygen, relaxation, biofeedback, different medications including topiramate, and finally my neurologist got me on neurotoxin injections every 12 weeks. When I have a migraine I also take a triptan.
What does your migraine feel like?
Before I started on the neurotoxin injections my migraines were pure throbbing pain I used to get an aura right before and have nausea afterward. I would also get vertigo after I’d had the migraine. I don’t have the throbbing pain since I started the neurotoxin injections. Now when I get the visual aura I’ll take a triptan for my head, stomach medicine to settle my stomach, and ibuprofen. I still feel kind of bad for a couple of days after but it’s not like it used to be.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
When Cefaly first got FDA approval I saw it on TV and then I went to my computer and went to the website to learn more.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I like it. It gets me to a relaxed state. The days I haven’t done it I know a migraine is coming so I’m pretty religious about doing it every day. I didn’t have to get used to the sensation. I’ve been full board with Cefaly for 20 minutes a day from the beginning and I’ve seen much improvement. I used to get migraines every single day and now I’m down to five times a month with the combination of Cefaly, neurotoxin injections, and the triptan. That’s pretty good for me.
What made you want to share your story?
Anything that will help other people with migraines should be talked about. I know some people that suffer from them and I’m always telling them my experience. I tell them to look into Cefaly and other treatments. It’s nice to be able to share my experience and hopefully somebody won’t have to got through the same things I did to get to this point. Now I’m retired but I was a teacher and I used to have to teach with a migraine and it was horrible and then I’d have to drive it was just awful. Migraines are very debilitating.
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