Location: Fairbanks, AK
Years with Migraines: 43
Occupation: former high school teacher, former infant learning specialist and former children’s libraria
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since my early 20s.
When do you usually get migraines?
Chocolate will always trigger a migraine, so I just don’t eat it anymore. I cut out a lot of foods. Barameteric pressure changes will sometimes do it. At the high point of the migraines I was having 15-16 horrendous migraine days a month. In 2013 it was so bad they forced me to quit my 20-hour a week a job.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I probably tried every pill known to man that might do something for your migraines. I tried neurotoxin injections but they didn’t work at all and it was horrendously expensive. I’ve tried nerve blocks. My doctor talked about a spinal stimulator but I said no thank you.
What does your migraine feel like?
Usually it feels as if my head would explode if it hurt anymore. It tends to be on both sides of my head. I have some where I lose my sight in one eye – there’s a huge hole in my vision. Those don’t happen as often anymore but they were really obnoxious. The last year I’ve had so much improvement.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
We saw it on the evening news. My husband immediately got on the computer to look it up.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use it every day. If I have a headache and if I catch it right at the beginning sometimes it’ll stop it all together. I always get a little bit of relief from it even if it doesn’t’ stop it right away. These days I’m down to a couple of days a month and they’re do-able. I don’t have to go to the emergency room very often anymore; I was there a couple of times a month at the height of them. Now it is an occasional trip to the emergency room. I’m probably down to 5 migraine days a month that are debilitating. They’re less frequent and less painful. I’ve been using it about 4 years. At one point it was a miracle because when things were so bad, I could use it more than once. I also started using a tens unit on my neck, which has also helped me tremendously. I love Cefaly. I don’t travel without it – that’s just the way it is. It’s just one thing that has to go in the bag.
What made you want to share your story?
I’ve had friends who have bad migraines and you kind of learn who has them and who doesn’t and I’ve recommended Cefaly to several people. The customer service with Cefaly is fabulous, the electrodes come right away and I share this because there’s probably someone else out there who is where I was and it’s a yucky place to be. You know you have 15 days where you have actually the headache and the next day where you feel like your bondage because you feel like your head has been scrambled so it doubles whatever you’re actually having. Anything that makes your head feel better without drugs is a wonderful thing. You don’t’ have to worry about how often you use it. You don’t’ have to worry about being addicted, are there side effects, and so forth.
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