Location: San Diego, CA
Years with Migraines: 31
Occupation: professional organizer
*For this blog post, Cefaly caught up with Tracey, a migraineur we’ve checked in with before for the blog. Tracey has been using Cefaly for about 4 years. Below is her experience as it stands now. You can read her earlier interviews here and here.
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 16.
When do you usually get migraines?
It’s so different right now. I’m barely getting migraines. I usually feel like I have a migraine when I have a sinus infection or if I’m grinding of my teeth, but my migraine is definitely not what it was.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s still bad when I get one but it doesn’t go into the full-blown ‘I’m debilitated. I’m down for the count’ anywhere near as often. It’s more like ‘oh my goodness, I just need to get rid of this thing in the back of my head’. It’s more of a nuisance instead of a detrimental thing that I have to deal with.
How long have you been using your Cefaly now?
I’ve had the Cefaly for 4 years now. I have the original one. I use it whenever I feel an onset of a migraine and sinus issues – it’s really only been about three times this year, maybe four. I used it frequently at the beginning. I’ve consistently used it as soon as I knew something was coming.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I first got the Cefaly about 4-years ago I had it in my bedside table it was something I reached for before the medication, if I needed medication. And now it’s in my bathroom and it’s still the first thing I try before medication, if any. I leave it on a few times in a row, maybe 2-3 times because the stimulation feels good. The biggest difference is the migraines aren’t as debilitating as before. It’s also helped my sinuses to mellow out, which in turn helped my migraines.
As an experienced Cefaly user, what advice would you give someone consider the device?
I gave someone the website the other day and was telling them about it at my chiropractor’s office. I would say get it. It doesn’t matter what it costs. Try it out first before you try debilitating medication. It’s not a hundred percent it will work for everyone but for the majority of people it works and why not try it. That’s my pitch. Plus it has a 60-day money back guarantee. I would say use it at the onset of a migraine and try it and see if it works, it may take some time. Try it again and try it again and again because it’s stimulating the trigeminal nerve your nerve may react differently, that’s how I see it. Everybody is different, it may take someone else a time or two or three.
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