First Name: Arden
Location: Saugerties, New York
Years with Migraines: 60 (but migraine free during four pregnancies)
Occupation: church and family work
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was about 11 or 12 years ago.
When do you usually get migraines?
Now I’m not getting any but previously triggers were not eating, irregular sleep patterns, stress, bright sunlight, excessive heat, and maybe some foods triggers but I could never really identify those; though alcohol was often a trigger.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before I started seeing a specialist I was just taking over the counter anti-inflammatories. After that I started taking triptans to get rid of a migraine and an anti-depressant as a preventive. Much later a neurologist put me on topiramate as a preventive but I’m being weaned off of that now that my migraines have been non-existent. My neurologist might take me off the anti-depressant too; we’ll see how it goes. I really tried all sorts of things, not “just” anti-inflammatories. Cannot even remember all the weird things I tried! I was grabbing at straws to get out of misery! . I also previously tried a variety of diets and non-scientific remedies.
What does your migraine feel like?
It would feel like a lot of pressure and like something has switched on in my head. I can tell something is happening. The pain would just get worse and like my whole system was breaking down – my thought process, my emotions. That would be the beginning and it would progressively get worse.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist suggested I try that.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I started in January of this year (2018). I didn’t do it gradually, I just jumped into the full session and when it got to its highest point it was severe and not pleasant but I just did it. I didn’t notice any changes for a long time.. Sometimes at the intense part I would fall asleep take a little nap. I just kept doing it and I guess the accumulation of all the things I’d been doing I had a great miracle. I stopped getting migraine headaches every week. They used to be pretty regular, every week I’d have to take some of the heavier medications and I could count on losing a day. Now I’ve gained a day back and a lot of focus and energy. It’s a gift. Now I have to make sure I use that time wisely and well. I’m hoping it’s not a roller coaster and that instead it’s all uphill because I feel so well. My life has become livable again. I am not in fear of an attack every week. I thank God first for all the technology available, the doctors and loyal friends who have helped me move away from the migraine darkness. It’s kind of a miracle to me.
What made you want to share your story?
It’s a good story! There’s so much bad news around it’s a good news story for a change. I want to acknowledge the Divine because all good things come from that source and it trickles down to the doctors and the Cefaly and I think it’s a good thing. I think it should be known that there is hope and good things happen and it’s not all hopelessness.
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