First Name: Judy
Location: Garnerville, NY and Longboat Key, FL
Years with Migraines: 46
Occupation: 5th grade teacher (retired)
How long have you had migraines?
They started 6-weeks after my second child was born I was 30 years old.
When do you usually get migraines?
At the beginning they were menstrual migraines then when I went through the change I was the happiest lady in the world but then it shifted. Sugar is a fairly bad migraine trigger for me. I don’t ever indulge in drinking alcohol of any type. They have eased off somewhat but I still have them. The weather and barometric pressure are also very big triggers. If the weather is bad the migraine will not leave unless I put my Cefaly on.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried different medications there was nothing else. I did go to a chiropractor and that did alleviate it somewhat but there was just nothing for most of the time I had migraines.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s 99.9-percent left-sided for whatever reason It feels like a hot poker going through my head, It’s not my whole head. It’s mostly over my eye. I get neurotoxin injections on the left side too because that’s where my migraines live. It’s a concentrated and sharp. It isn’t spread out it’s localized. It isn’t throbbing but I put my Cefaly on as soon as possible so maybe I’m cutting it off before it gets there.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me that another neurologist in the office had bought it and was saying that I should try it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’ve been using it since the FDA approved it. I save my device for the bad weather days so I can walk around the house and keep me out of bed. I put it on my head and keep on going. I like that Cefaly is not a drug. It gives you very quick relief. It takes 20-minutes for the cycles I use it on and if I put it on at night it helps me go to sleep. It makes me feel better and it relaxes me and it definitely helps the migraine. It’s excellent.
What made you want to share your story?
Having been a teacher, I like to help and explain things to others. I want to let people know there’s something besides medication and there’s something that can help them despite the debilitating headache that affects more of the body than just the head. It comes with nausea, having to avoid bright lights and strong sounds. It is a lonely, terrible experience that only other migraineurs can understand. I want people to know that there is other help out there besides just taking a tremendous amount of medication in an attempt to abort the pain.”
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