Name: Margaret (Peggy )
Location: PA and Okeechobee, FL
Years with Migraines:
Occupation: dance teacher (retired)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines over 30 years. I just remember always waking with a headache and they would be so severe in the morning it just felt like someone was hitting me in the face with an iron skillet. About 10 years ago I went to a neurologist and he said it was an atypical migraine.
When do you usually get migraines?
Once in a while I get a migraine but I don’t get them as often as I used to. Now that I know what they are, I know there are triggers to watch out for, such as strong colognes – men and women’s, flowers, cigarette smoke, weather, and barometric pressure.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before I was diagnosed with migraines I was taking an over the counter medication four times a day and having a lot of rebound headaches. I previously tried a prescription acetaminophen with codeine and several anti-depressants. My doctor now has me on anti-seizure medication and supplements. I also take sumatriptan combined with two naproxen once a migraine has started and it’s gone within 30-minutes.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s changed over the years. Now my migraines feel like there’s a knife going down through the top of my head and behind my eye. Mostly, it feels like I have a hat on that’s 20 sizes too small… like a vice.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I saw someone on TV talking about it and then I saw it in a magazine article. My sister also spoke with someone who was using it and that’s when I called my doctor and while he didn’t know a lot about it at the time he said what he had heard was good. That was back in 2014.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s helped a lot. I have one experience specifically that highlights this. My husband and I left Pennsylvania to go down to Florida to renovate a place we bought, and were so busy that my migraines were horrendous. I remembered I wasn’t using my device anymore like I was supposed to. Now I’m back on track and things are manageable again. I was having 6-7 migraines a month but now it’s around 3 a month. Sometimes it’s more, but usually it’s about three.
What made you want to share your story?
I think it’s important to share. I don’t have migraines as bad as other people. I know there are people who are just devastated and can’t get out of bed but if this could help just one person what a gift it would be to them.
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