Location: Englewood, Florida
Years with Migraines: 30+
Occupation: art therapist
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since my early 20s; a couple times a year.
When do you usually get migraines?
It started a couple of times a year, when I was 22 or 23. Then it went to every other month, then about 10 years ago I was starting to get one every week, right about Tuesday. Alcohol and chocolate used to trigger my migraines. I’ve been able to slowly include alcohol here and there. I only have chocolate when I already have a migraine. Lighting is a trigger for my migraines too.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried pretty much every medication, head massage, herbs, supplements, teas, etc. The only thing that really worked for me were the head massages and the sumatriptan.
What does your migraine feel like?
It varies and now I have to remind myself to use the Cefaly again because I feel better and I stop. When I feel the migraine coming on it’ll be a stabbing pain on the left side of my head, behind my left eye. I will also have nausea – very bad nausea. I remember when I was driving I’d have to pull over to vomit from a migraine and then keep going.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I read about it somewhere and I also saw it on a TV news segment.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I first got it I was diligent and after a couple of weeks I really felt a difference. I felt my migraines coming on and thought this is not so bad and this is really doing something. It’s been using it 3-4 years now that I’ve been using it and I hardly get any migraines. I might get a bad migraine every couple of months but it’s not like before where I would have to lie in bed for three days.
What made you want to share your story?
I’ve tried so many things and nothing worked and I’m a very positive and private person but I was at the point where I was considering taking part in a study because I wanted relief. I’d spent so much money on herbs and things, I finally tried Cefaly and it was like a miracle. I rarely get migraines. The Cefaly has made the sumatriptan work even better. If I can help anyone, I want to do it. This is the only thing that’s almost cured me. I had a moment before Cefaly where I felt like I’m not going to be able to work anymore, I was calling out sick so much – and now I hardly get migraines! I tell everybody about the Cefaly device.
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