Location: Bethany, CT
Years with Migraines: 20
Occupation: Retired (interior design)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for about 20 years. I have no idea what started them.
When do you usually get migraines?
My migraines start any time of day or night. I don’t have any definite triggers that start them but I have some things that are possibilities and things that I try to avoid. Loud harsh sounds can aggravate my head and really bright light in my eyes can also aggravate. Wine, even white wine, will usually trigger a migraine. Sometimes the weather pressure changing can be a trigger. Lack of sleep will aggravate my head as well.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have tried a lot of medications and non-medicinal solutions. Probably for the first 10 years or so I was just using an over the counter medication until I was told the over the counter medication I was using could cause rebound migraines. I stopped using that. Initially I went to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor because I thought maybe it was something in my sinuses. I had an MRI at that point and nothing was found.
I went to a naturopathic doctor and I went to a neurologist. I tried physical therapy. I went through a lot of different medications; different preventive meds as well as meds to take when I had a migraine. I finally found a doctor who was really fantastic but he’s since passed. He sat and talked with me and listened to my history to figure out the root of the migraines. We realized that the stomachaches I had as a child were undiagnosed migraines. He said migraines manifest as stomachaches in children. After he passed I saw another doctor and we tried an Alzheimer’s medication to treat my migraines and we did neurotoxin injections, without any significant results.
A friend mentioned the Cefaly to me and I asked my doctor about it. I really liked the idea that Cefaly is not a medication, therefore there aren’t any chemicals constantly going through my body. I’ve been using Cefaly since Spring 2015. I started with once a day. After 6-7 months I went to two times a day, morning and night, which is I what I currently do.
What does your migraine feel like?
It varies. Sometimes I get the sensation of an ice pick on the side of my head and behind my eye. Other times it’s more on top of my head with a lot of pain. And then sometimes it’s along the back of my head and into my neck.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
A friend told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use it faithfully morning and night. I think it has lessened the severity of my headaches and lessened the number of headache days. I keep a migraine journal and what I count now is the number of medication days and the number of severe migraine days. I’ve had some really good months. Recently, Nov., Dec., Jan. were really good but Feb. was not. I’m not using any preventives now except for the Cefaly.
Before Cefaly I averaged 16 migraine days a month with 3 of those days being severe. When I started Cefaly I used it once a day. I averaged 13 days with medication and an average of 2 severe headaches per month. When I started using it twice a day the medication days averaged reduced to 9 per month with an average of 3 of those being severe. The number of days per month in which the migraine is severe has not changed much, but the number of days that I have to take medication of any kind has lessened.
What made you want to share your story?
Letting people know what might be helpful is the kind and responsible thing to do. Every person’s migraines are different and we all respond differently to different solutions. I’ve told several people about it who have migraines. Being a non-chemical solution makes it extra appealing.
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