First Name: Sarah
Location: Oakland, CA
Years with Migraines: 41
How long have you had migraines?
I think I got my first migraine when I was 19 years old but at the time, I didn’t realize it was a migraine. I got bad headaches during my menstrual cycle and looking back, I think they were migraines. When my second child was a year old and I was in school, I started getting them before and after my menses. So I was getting them many times a month. This continued until right before menopause. Then when I was perimenopausal it was the absolute worst time. I was working full time as a nurse and getting 22 a month. I had already seen 5 neurologists and nothing was working. Then I started seeing someone who was the head of a headache clinic at a teaching hospital and things started getting better.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’m currently getting only a few a month with some of the same triggers I used to have: sleep disruptions, certain smells. But the absolute worst trigger for me remains fluorescent lights or very bright lights. I can still get a migraine in about two minutes with fluorescent lights.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
In the course of all my treatments, I tried several prophylactic medicines including: topiramate, amitriptyline, and neurotoxin injections. Thankfully, I don’t like narcotics so I never took those. I’ve taken sumatriptan for years.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I’ve been using Cefaly for a few years. I started with the Cefaly 1 and switched to the smaller Cefaly 2. I use the intense phase when I feel like I’m getting a migraine. It can usually prevent it if I feel one coming on. My 6th neurologist prescribed Cefaly for me a few years ago. I also take a very low does duloxetine.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I love using my Cefaly and it’s just part of my nighttime routine. I almost always fall asleep with it on.
What made you want to share your story?
I want to share my story because I know so many people who get migraines and they don’t know about Cefaly. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know who gets migraines.
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