Carol says the Cefaly device is a ‘Godsend’

Name: Carol
Age: 64
Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Years with Migraines: 50+
Occupation: Retired from medical transcription

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since high school.

When do you usually get migraines?
A change in weather will usually trigger a migraine; bright sunlight will trigger one too.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before Cefaly I tried several things but the only medication that worked was a medication that was a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine but I’m also on coumadin and I’m not supposed to take much of the pain medication that works so I was basically trying to suffer through it and use an over the counter medication. I’d also go to a dark room where it’s quiet and if I could get to sleep maybe I could break it but that took up a lot of time.

What does your migraine feel like?
Most of the time it’s on the left side of my head and if I don’t catch it as soon as I know I’m going to get it, it will get out of control and even with medication it won’t go away. I also feel the migraine behind my eye and it’s a steady pain. I would call it more pain than discomfort. I’ve had two or three instances over the years where it got to the point where I was vomiting and couldn’t open my eyes to any kind of light. I remember calling one of my sons to come get me so we could go to urgent care. I couldn’t turn the light on to call him. I had to feel the keys on the phone in the dark and realize which ones were which so I could call him.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s a Godsend. I find myself during the day realizing that I don’t have a headache and that I haven’t had one in a while and ‘isn’t this nice.’ I feel I have more energy to a point where I’m getting more things done. I always had this dull pain that was present. It was either a migraine or it was a headache that might turn into a migraine or it was a ‘migraine hangover’ as I call it. I didn’t have the motivation to get things done. I like that with Cefaly there aren’t any side effects and I don’t have to worry about taking too much medication that could interfere with the coumadin. I’m also on going to be tapering off the topiramate, which I’d been taking twice a day for migraine prevention. Before Cefaly I’d have about six migraines a month or more and since I started on the Cefaly about two months ago I’ve had two total within those two months.

What made you want to share your story?
I want everybody to know about Cefaly! Everybody that suffers from migraine needs to know about this because they’re trying all kinds of medications or suffering through it. I know what it’s like. I’m retired now but there are people who have to miss work.  I was a stay at home mom who couldn’t just leave three little boys alone and go to a dark room. I think everybody needs to know about Cefaly. I’ve been telling everybody I know who has migraines to ask their primary care about it or it they have a neurologist to ask their neurologist about it. Cefaly is really life changing.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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One comment on “Carol says the Cefaly device is a ‘Godsend’
  1. This message goes out to carol I’m 33 have had migraines since I was 11. I am also on the caff/but/acitamen combo which is the only thing that helps also was on topamax but went off due to the brain fog and memory issues.
    My neurologist is trying botox with me but first round didn’t work I’m definitely going to ask her about cephaly.
    I want to show her your story as it is so similar to mine with vomiting and extreme light sensativity.

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