Location: Concord, NC
Years with Migraines: 20+
Occupation: Childcare assessor
How long have you had migraines?
I remember getting them in middle school but recently they’ve gotten worse (in the last 3-4 years).
When do you usually get migraines?
Typically if I drink caffeine it will cause me to get a migraine or if I have had a really long day at work I’ll get one in the evening. Other than that I haven’t found any specific triggers. When I have a migraine I am light and sound sensitive, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint those as triggers.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried different preventive medications and different acute medications to help relieve a migraine. The last medication I was taking to prevent my migraines was causing me to have memory loss, so I stopped it. I started going to a chiropractor, which was helping but it was a long drive round trip with time away from work and the co-pays were starting to add up. My husband is sort of anti-medication so he was excited when I learned about Cefaly and excited for me to try something that wasn’t a pill to help. We also felt while It seemed like a lot of money to start, it was very small compared to the copays, driving time, and the gas to get to and from the chiropractor.
What does your migraine feel like?
It is like someone is squeezing in my head; it’s tight. I often have pain behind my eyes, temples and at the base of my neck. My neurologist says most of my migraines tend to be caused from tension.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I have the Cefaly DUAL unit so I am able to use the PREVENT setting for 20 minutes at night when I go to bed, as well as alternate between the ACUTE setting when I feel a migraine coming on, as needed. It is very easy to use and the electrodes tend to last about 20 days (as specified). I have three children, so when I get a migraine I can’t always lie down. But if I have a bad one and I can lie down in the dark with the device on, it helps me go to sleep and typically when I wake up it has significantly relieved any pain. Sometimes it will take the pain away completely and other times it lessens the severity. The device has helped to increase the number of days I go out with a migraine. At first I was a little concerned that wearing the device 20 minutes a day would interfere with my daily life and I would have a hard time remembering to wear it. But after using it for about a month and a half, I do not feel that way at all. If anything, I feel it helps me wind down at the end of the night and help me to fall asleep. I’m not currently taking any preventive medications; however, I still use two different acute medications, plus a medication for nausea and a muscle relaxer, which are all taken as needed. Overall I feel I have made a good choice with Cefaly and I hope my success with the unit will only to continue to get better.
What made you want to share your story?
When I was researching about the device it was helpful for me to read other people’s experiences with it. It helped me decide that I wanted to give it a try and which device would benefit me the most.
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