Location: Stonington, CT
Years with Migraines: 12
Occupation: attending school to become veterinary technician
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 12 years. Years ago I got a medication for anxiety at my student health center and they told me to go lie down and I woke up and had a ridiculous migraine. I’ve had them ever since.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve been able to identify certain triggers. Foods with MSG and heavy spices give me a migraine. I’m very sensitive to very strong odors, like heavy spices when cooking, perfumes, and colognes. Stress is a huge trigger. The weather also very much affects me. I can’t work on the computer for very long periods of time, which is difficult.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been on almost every medication under the sun: beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, triptans, narcotics, etc. I’ve tried acupuncture, biofeedback, therapy, and hypnosis.
What does your migraine feel like?
Sometimes it feels like I’m getting an ice pick through the top of my head. Other times it’s just a throbbing that just doesn’t go away.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I got a new neurologist. I’d gone through two rounds of medicine infusions and the new doctor recommended Cefaly as prophylaxis and acute treatment.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
The first time I used Cefaly I was headache-free for 20 days! After the 20 days I got some migraines but they’ve been very mild. By using Cefaly as an acute treatment I’ve been able to get rid of the migraines without narcotics or really heavy medication. I’ve had my device for about two months. I’d say before Cefaly I used to get about 18 migraine days a month and in the first month using my device I only had seven and this month so far I’ve had about four and we’re more than halfway through the month; and the four have been really mild so I’m a happy camper.
What made you want to share your story?
It’s been literally a total game changer for me. I’ve been able to be more social because I’ve been more headache-free and I’ve used significantly less medication. Usually with a migraine I’d take a cocktail of six diff medications to try to get rid of it. It was getting ridiculous to have to take so many pills so many times. To not have to take them and have a non-medicinal option has been fantastic. My parents are ecstatic.
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