Location: Miles City, Montana
Years with Migraines: 7
How long have you had migraines?
I started getting migraines in 2010. I had always had headaches but the migraines started after I had my second child.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have weird headaches because sometimes there are trigger and sometimes they just start happening. If I have a wheat beer, if I am too hot, or if I don’t have coffee early enough I will get a migraine. Lighting can trigger them too. I teach first grade and if I were to turn all the lights on it would start to bother me.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried going to a chiropractor and dry needling, as well as all of the of pain medications there are for migraines and none of those did anything at all. I did natural oils and over the counter medicine. I do take a calcium channel blocker and that does sort of work. I’ve had pain killer shots of ketorolac. Those makes me sleep for 4 hours and sometimes they will break the migraines but that’s my last resort.
What does your migraine feel like?
It starts like a dull ache on the side of my head and just slowly grows, like it’s lurking in there, and starts to creep forward. I’ll usually stop and do a Cefaly treatment right when I start to get a migraine. I usually get the migraine by my right eye, up in my temple area. It’s kind of both throbbing and steady.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I was researching headache treatments because I had tried every single medicine. I had to approach my doctor; it was brand new in America. I saw that Cefaly was in Canada and the reviews were amazing. My doctor was very receptive.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I try to do it every day. Over the summer I was traveling and I could tell if I missed a day or two. I try to do it every single evening, it’s like a massage for my brain. I enjoy my session, it’s my time to relax and re-center myself. I love it. I use to have 4-5 days of migraines each week and it was horrible but because I wasn’t throwing up or anything I’d go to work. My colleagues would ask why I was at work and I’d tell them that if I were home I’d just sit and think about it. When it would get to 6 days of migraines I’d turn to ketorolac. I would have 20 days of migraines every month and they were a 5 on a pain scale. Now I might have like an actual migraine every other month — maybe. I would call them headaches now instead of migraines. I’ll get a little headache but if I do Cefaly right away it’ll knock it out. I can kind of feel when I need to do more than one session. I was excited to learn about Cefaly. I had been through the medications and nothing helped and I was at phase where all I wanted to do was have a temper tantrum.
What made you want to share your story?
I read the blog and thought that it pretty cool of people to say what they’ve tried and how it’s worked for them. I have friends that are sick and lay in bed with migraines and I’m like ‘Try it! What’s it going to hurt?’ So the more people that know about it, the better. It’s so helpful.
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