Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Years with Migraines: 43
Occupation: Retired (dietitian)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 43 years. I don’t remember what started them. I remember a head injury in 3rd grade but I wasn’t diagnosed with migraines until my 20s. They’re definitely weather-related but I don’t remember what started them.
When do you usually get migraines?
The change in weather, barometric pressure, hormones, stress, etc.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I take an anti-seizure medication and an anti-depressant as migraine preventives. I’ve tried acupuncture and it probably would’ve helped but insurance didn’t cover it, so I stopped doing it.
What does your migraine feel like?
I have some nausea. I don’t have any visual disturbances. My migraines typically feel like a pounding headache on one side, usually my left side, but sometimes it will move to my right side. I sometimes will wake up in the middle of night with a headache and it’s a severe pounding pain.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I had one grandchild she would take a morning nap and that’s when I’d use it every morning and sometimes twice a day if needed. I have both machines (Cefaly 1 and 2). Now that I have two grandchildren it’s harder to find the time to us my device since I’m their caregiver during the day. I do feel I’ve had less migraines and they seem to be less severe. Cefaly kind of takes the edge off of them. If I use my Cefaly right when it’s starting sometimes I can stop it but if it can’t it will typically make it less severe. I basically use it in two ways: as a preventive and as an abortive.
What made you want to share your story?
I find that Cefaly helps you, you just have to be consistent using it. It’s better than taking medication.
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