Location: Ira, Michigan
Years with Migraines: 20
How long have you had migraines? The first migraine I recall was at five years old, so about twenty years.
When do you usually get migraines? I have migraine headaches at least three weeks out of every month. One could come and go in a day’s time or last up to almost three weeks straight. Generally, they are unpredictable. My migraines occur whenever they please and sometimes for no reason at all. I often wake up with migraines even if I fell asleep feeling decent. Some of my triggers are stress, loud noises, bright lights, physical activity, lack of sleep, severe body temperature fluctuations, and exacerbation of symptoms from my other chronic illnesses.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly? During my childhood and adolescence I didn’t try any treatments. I have been on only one anti-seizure medication, which I used for migraines for the last few years. My doctors prescribed me combination medications, followed by heavy narcotics as those treatments failed. When the increased doses stopped working, I added in alternative treatments. I have tried biofeedback, physical therapy for my neck and spine, acupressure, massage, meditation, supplements, special diets with herbs and combination foods, aromatherapy and so on. All these treatments left me feeling without hope for a migraine-free life.
What does your migraine feel like? My migraine feels like my brain is fighting between an implosion and an explosion. It’s like someone put some Coca Cola and a Mentos mint in my head and shook it up. All that pressure, needing an outlet to explode, yet encased in my skull. Sometimes this feeling develops over several hours time, but usually it hits me like a ton of bricks, all at once. My eyeballs are burning, my skull feels as if it’s on the verge of shattering, my ears don’t know whether to pop or bleed. This pain translates to my entire body, making my skin crawl, my muscles ache and joints stiffen. I’m so nauseous I don’t know if I can hold it in, yet I’m too sick to push any intravenous medication. In full-blown migraine mode I am unable to move without agonizing pain in my head. I want to cry, but I command myself to stop, since movement will only make it worse. The rising and falling of my chest while breathing increases the pressure in my brain, moving my eyelids is unbearable and talking is out of the question. No one can speak to me, no one can touch me and there can’t be a single noise or light in the room. The perfect environment would be a closed casket—pitch black, warm and silent.
How did you hear about Cefaly? My husband saw it being advertised on our local news station about a month ago. I didn’t hesitate to research it before contacting my doctor. Being chronically ill, I’ve brought up a lot of alternative treatments to my neurologist before. He was eager to give me the needed prescription to get the device as quickly as possible. The entire process was easier than I expected for such a new product!
What’s your Cefaly experience like? I have only been using Cefaly for a bit over a week. I have had several migraines since then and it has saved me from every single one of them. Once I feel a migraine brewing I put the device on and see how I feel after the set 20-minute cycle. If I’m still in pain, I’ll do another 20-minutes. My headaches are so severe I have had to do a few cycles before my migraines are completely gone. The fact that Cefaly takes my migraines away completely after an hour is a miracle. Who knows how long I would have had all those migraines. I could have been bed bound for days or weeks had I not spent an hour with this device on my forehead. I feel so blessed to have control back in my life. I felt powerless from my chronic migraines but Cefaly has helped me feel like there’s hope again.
What made you want to share your story? I want to spread awareness. Migraines are real and they are debilitating. They make you feel lonely, scared, vulnerable and helpless. It doesn’t have to be that way as long as you have the right tools to help you. Cefaly is the first thing that has completely eliminated my migraines ever. That is a powerful statement, and it means the world to me. Although I’m chronically ill myself, I want to help people, and the only way I can do that right now is through my story. If one single person is inspired to try Cefaly and has an improvement in quality of life because of my testimonial, I can die happy.
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