Location: Huntington, MI
Years with Migraines: 50+
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraine since I was a child.
When do you usually get migraines?
For so many migraines as I have, I have no idea what starts them. There are probably multiple triggers. After I have a migraine I notice bright lights are uncomfortable and loud sounds are uncomfortable. Sometimes the weather seems to be a trigger. If I don’t sleep enough or if I’m stressed out, it can also lead to a migraine.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been on so many preventive and rescue medications for years. I also tried biofeedback but it was not for me. I tried exercise to realign my spine and acupuncture but they didn’t do anything. I was mainly using sumatriptan as a rescue drug but I stopped taking it because of too many side effects.
What does your migraine feel like?
My migraine usually hurts on one side of the head and in the back of my eyes. It also hurts inside my ears and I feel a little nauseous; sometimes I throw up but not every time. My brain definitely doesn’t think as well as when I don’t have a migraine. I will often feel a little bit of confusion with the migraine and the light and the noise hurt.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I’d read about it before. I have family in Belgium and somebody sent me a little blurb about it, then I saw it in a magazine I thought it was too new age-y and weird but when my neurologist suggested it, I thought I should try it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I started using the Cefaly a couple of years ago. It’s decreased the intensity and frequency of my migraines. I use the regular Cefaly three times in a row to make it go away. I’ve noticed I use less medication now. In October I took four sumatriptan when I normally would’ve taken 10. In November I only took two and in December only one. It’s been amazing and I’ve not had bad migraines since I started using the device. My migraines are less painful now and less intense.
What made you want to share your story?
When I talked to Cefaly customer service about upgrading to a new device and how grateful I was because the Cefaly was working so well, he asked if I wanted to give a testimonial and I said sure. The Cefaly is working for me and maybe it can help someone else too.
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