First Name: Constance
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 35
Occupation: Advocate for children with disabilities
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for about 35 years with a brief break of 2-years. Most of my migraines were hormonal and I had a hysterectomy so when I didn’t have the hormones anymore I got a break, but then I developed fibromyalgia so they came back with a vengeance; so it’s really been about 35 years.
When do you usually get migraines?
Initially they were hormonal but when they came back after the hysterectomy I could not identify a trigger. Occasionally there are things like altitude, stress, changes in weather, or heavy lifting that would trigger a migraine but there weren’t specific things I could identify that would trigger my migraines.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried different medications. I found one that worked fairly well (zolmitriptan) but there were definitely scary side effects. I tried massage therapy and chiropractic treatments as well.
What does your migraine feel like?
I have several different types of migraines. There’s one that feels almost like a cold spider web going through my head usually on one side and there’s a dull throbbing ache that’s very painful after. It depends on the side as well. If it’s on the right side it’s almost always that dull throbbing ache, that’s something I can stand for a while but eventually the pain takes over my life. If it’s on my left side it’s like an axe going through my head and it will knock me down — literally it’s made me fall down. I’ve had a lot of ocular migraines, like 80% and those have really affected me since part of my job is driving around and I can’t drive if I can’t see. I have all of the auras and they can last for 4-days before a migraine.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My local hospital sent out a newsletter saying a neurologist was going to be talking about Cefaly and I went to the presentation. He only talked about it for 15-seconds because it turned out he hadn’t actually seen one yet and I was intrigued by the idea and started doing some research. I’d been looking to find a way to get off the medications because my insurance would only give me nine pills a month and most of the drugs I was on or had been on were expensive and have side effects. At one point I was spending almost $300 a month on medication.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use it once a day for 20-minutes, usually at night. I’ve been using it for 1,305-days and in that time I’ve had 47 migraines so that averages to about one migraine every 28 days. Before I’d have between 5 and 15 migraines a month. Most of those also involved a rebound which I didn’t even include in the count. I haven’t had any rebounds since I started using the Cefaly, even the times when I’ve taken rescue medication. Only two of all those have been ocular migraines.
What made you want to share your story?
I talk about my Cefaly all the time. It’s changed my life, it really has. I have a much better quality of life. I’m much more present. I’m much more effective at work. I no longer have those days where I can’t do anything because I’m in so much pain. Anytime I’m on Facebook and somebody says they have migraines I’m like “Hey have you tried this?” I know it might not work for everybody but I want them to try it, especially since it has a 60-day money back guarantee.
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