Location: New York, NY
Years with Migraines: 50
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for about 50 years. They started gradually as minor headaches in college and they got worse and progressed to migraines. I definitely remember pretty severe headaches, the kind that affect your life, when I was in my late 20s.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have triggers but they’re not consistent, they include things like: sunlight, wearing anything heavy around my neck, having clothing bumping into my neck, earrings, heat, sometimes wine, sometimes not. There are foods I’ve been suspicious of but have never really put my finger on anything due to lack of consistency.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried preventive blood pressure medications and one anti-seizure medication, which I’m still on. I take a low dose since a higher dose affected my memory. About 20 years ago I took an anti-depressant for about 2 weeks but the side effects were horrendous. About a year and a half ago I finally tried another anti-depressant and that’s working well to reduce the frequency. Naratriptan is my drug of choice to get rid of a migraine. If I take gabapentin as an abortive and use Cefaly at the onset of a migraine I can sometimes prevent it all together; but I have to catch it at the early fog stage.
What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines vary enormously from something as minimal as fog with almost no pain to knife stabbing pain.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
A friend of mine who doesn’t have migraines told me about it when she saw it in the news on the day it was coming out and I ordered it immediately, of course.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I was one of the very early users of it. I feel it worked better for me at first than later on, but continue to use it faithfully every night. I find it to be very relaxing and it usually puts me to sleep. For me, its primary advantage is it can prevent a headache if I catch it in the early stage. For me, that’s the biggest advantage.
What made you want to share your story?
Everybody’s helped by different things and if anybody can be helped by this I’m all for it. People should know about it. I think there are too many migraineurs that suffer in silence or don’t get the right treatment, perhaps, they have the wrong doctor or give up and stay with their current treatment. This is a good option that they should certainly consider trying.
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