Location: Williamsburg, VA
Years with Migraines: 52
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 5. I only remember that because I missed my own 5th birthday party.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have a few triggers: stress is the main one but also red wine, lack of sleep, and after a very stressful time once the adrenaline calms down; like if I’ve been working on a big program the day after I usually have a bad one.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I was in and out of hospitals a lot as a kid. I really just took an over the counter pain reliever, used cold cloths and would spend time in dark rooms in my young life. I later got on propranolol and that helped. I would also take ergotamine as needed, which made things more manageable for me in the 1990s. I now have sumatriptan I can use as a rescue medication.
What does your migraine feel like?
I try not to let myself get one now! I don’t have aura most of the time. I have a very speciifc spot in my right temple and when I feel that begin to throb I know a headache is coming. If I take a sumatriptan right then I can usually stop it; otherwise forget it. My doctor who would prescribe me 100 mg of sumatriptan and I would split it and take 50mg since I was only given nine pills by the insurance and needed the medication 3-4 times a week.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
Somebody clipped an article out of a magazine in April of 2014.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I was determined to stick with it. When I got it, the instructions said not to expect immediate results. It was not the sensation I was expecting, but I did realize after 3 weeks I was having fewer instances with migraines and within 2 months I started to stockpile my sumatriptan, because I didn’t need it. Now I take sumatriptan maybe twice a month as opposed to 3-4 times a week. In fact, I sometimes forget my medication at home now. I went from spending $2400 a year to spending $400 a year on medication. My doctor has even referred people to me who’ve quit the Cefaly before they’ve given it a fair try. I talk with them and convince them to keep going. It’s absolutely worth it to try. It’s a life changer for sure. Now I don’t wake up in the mornings with searing pain in my head, which really helps your outlook on life! I’m more productive. I have a much more positive attitude and I’m a more joyful person in general.
What made you want to share your story?
I share stories with random strangers! I’ll hear someone talking about migraines at a restaurant and I’ll just walk over and tell them about Cefaly and give them the website. I want everybody to know about it. It might not work for you, but it works for most, and if you can stick with it long enough, you’ll be glad you did.
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