Location: Dunbarton, New Hampshire
Years with Migraines: 68
Occupation: School Administrator (retired)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a child. I was probably as 5 or 6 years old when they started.
When do you usually get migraines?
Mostly for me if there’s an intense social time, like a vacation or a holiday, I will get a migraine. I’m pretty impacted by stress and tension. If I don’t get regular sleep I’ll also get a migraine. I’m sensitive to light; going to the mall with the fluorescent lights will hurt my head so it’s a good reason not to go to the mall.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
You name the medication and I’ve tried it. Lots and lots of mediation. The triptans have worked the best for me as an abortive but since I started using Cefaly I’ve not used the triptans as much. The intensity of my migraines is ess than before as well.
What does your migraine feel like?
The characteristics have changed over the years. Still, very rarely do I vomit but I do get nauseous and that makes me not want to eat sometimes. When I have a migraine I feel pain on the right side of my head and sometimes that side of my face will go numb; occasionally I’ll get an aura. The pain is steady, not throbbing. It feels like a knife going into my head and it’s accompanied by lots of neck and back tension.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
When Cefaly was first approved by the FDA my relatives, my friends, everybody kept sending me articles about it. Seasonal changes are bad for me and that particular month I had only one day without a migraine and my PCP wanted to send me to a headache clinic in Boston and I said no; I thought it was time to try the Cefaly.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use Cefaly once each day and it’s helped me cut down on the medications — that was the biggest thing. It took maybe 3 months to say ‘Oh my goodness no migraine’ because I was having a migraine at least once a week (and some would last several days). Now it depends but maybe I’ll have migraines twice a month. Intensity-wise, with 10 being the worst, I went from an 8 or 9 to much less. I very infrequently get up to a 5 on the intensity scale these days. I still have to sleep to get over the migraine, even though I try to avoid it.
What made you want to share your story?
I tell people I know who have migraines to use it. I prophesize about it because I truly believe I have a migraine brain and I’m going to have it all my life and anything that improves my quality of life living with my brain I’ll use. I’m very much opposed to over medication; it’s tempting but it doesn’t do the job.
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