Location: Dallas, TX
Years with Migraines: 56
Occupation: church ministry and former preschool teacher
How long have you had migraines?
Apparently since I was 15 years old. I don’t know what started them, they were probably hormonal.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have common daily migraines. I could have one every day if I didn’t do the preventive treatment. I am definitely affected by lighting, by being tired, by weather, by not getting enough sleep, and by different smells.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I take an anti-seizure medication as a preventive and I use the Cefaly daily to assist. It’s like an added protection. If I get a headache I’ll also have a cup of tea and I’ll use oxygen. I also do neurotoxin injections.
What does your migraine feel like?
It can move around. Yesterday it started on the left side but my worst headaches are on the right side. When it moves from my eye down the back of my head and down my neck, those are the hardest to get rid of and can last all day.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I may have read about it online. I didn’t hear about it from my doctor because I’m the one that asked him about it. I may have heard about it from a friend who’d heard about it from another friend.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It helps. The Cefaly is pivotal. I’ve been using it now for 2-3 years. I have the older version and a newer version. It numbs the trigeminal nerve and tingles across the top of my head. It feels like what I think a temporary nerve block feels like. If my migraine is very bad, I’ll use the device again. I think it helps a lot. It’s a go-to thing when headaches come in the middle of the day. It makes my migraine pain go away. I’ve used it fairly consistently as a preventive and an acute treatment.
What made you want to share your story?
I just want people to know about it. It’s effective and people should give it a try rather than drugs. It’s helped me lower the amount of drugs that I take. Anything is better than drugs. Drugs have so many side effects and you have to worry that what you’re taking for one thing could interfere with something else, like heart medicine or arthritis medicine.
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