Location: San Antonio, Texas
Years with Migraines: 10+
Occupation: CEO of a non-profit organization
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for over 10 years. I don’t know what started them but it did correlate with a new position at work, and developing a thyroid issue, so it could’ve been that.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have all sorts of triggers and some of them are predictable and some aren’t. Storms coming through, barometric changes when flying, sleep disruption, stress, fluorescent lights, PMS; any time when I really need to not have a migraine, I get a migraine.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve pretty much tried everything. I systematically went through every category of preventative migraine meds with my docs, as well as botox. I also tried acupuncture and herbal remedies. I’ve had no luck with prevention.
Triptans work great to abort a migraine in process, but they often come back 3-4 hours later, and you can’t just keep taking triptans every few hours. I think the insurance covers 9 a month, which isn’t even close to what it would take. That’s why Cefaly is super helpful.
What does your migraine feel like?
I get an intense pain right between my eyes that progresses until all of my pain receptors feel like they’re turned up to high; sounds are a cacophony from hell, lights are brighter and glare. I get dizzy and my balance is shot. Even thinking hurts. I can’t find the right words when I speak. I also get nauseated. I hate being nauseated – it’s the worst.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My husband read an article about Cefaly and suggested it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I haven’t really noticed a reduction in the frequency of my migraines but Cefaly really helps relieve migraine pain. Sometimes I just feel so miserable I can’t do anything. Using Cefaly quickly improves the situation. That’s so huge because it’s immediate and there’s nothing out there like it and there are no side effects. I tell everybody about it. If a triptan is helping but hasn’t gotten rid of the migraine entirely, sometimes with the device it’ll get rid of it. It’s a God-send. My husband also likes it because he says it makes me less grumpy.
What made you want to share your story?
I think there’s a lot of people that don’t know about Cefaly still and it can really alleviate a lot of pain and suffering. It can also reduce the amount of other medication that people have to take, which has its own problems and issues. I want people to know the device exists and it works. You can add it to your migraine tool kit, and get a little control over the migraine beasties. I think it’s an amazing device.
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