First Name: Marsha
Location: Waterford, VA
How long have you had migraines?
I started in my 20s very infrequently, but about 8 years ago it got much, much worse. I was having 20 or so a month.
When do you usually get migraines?
If I don’t eat on time, get overly tired, work out (which I do twice a week) or sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night with one.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
My general practitioner gave me Indomethacin. I tried acupuncture (didn’t do anything). My neurologist gave me Propranolol for prevention which works and Sumatriptan which usually makes it go away within one hour.
What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like a spike is being driven into one side of my head about 2 inches.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I was watching CNBC and they had a news blurb that a new device called Cefaly was approved by the FDA for treatment and prevention of migraines. I ordered it a couple of days later.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
The first time I used it, I thought, “I’m going to have to send this thing back” because it was soooo painful. But I decided to ease into it instead. I used it for 5 minutes at first and gradually added a minute as it became more tolerable. Eventually I would even fall asleep within 5 minutes of putting it on. I use it without fail every single night, even on vacation. The Cefaly has greatly lessened the pain of my migraines. If I have a severe migraine, I will put it on and it helps relieve the pain until the sumatriptan kicks in. With the Cefaly, medication and changes to my diet, I am down to about 4 migraines a month.
What made you want to share your story?
My neurologist told me some of his patients had give up on Cefaly because they couldn’t tolerate it. I want people to know they can get used to it if they ease into it. And they will be so happy that they stuck with it.
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