First Name: Jennifer
Location: Portland, OR
Years with Migraines: 20+
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for at least over 20 years. I did not know they were migraines. In my family we have sick headaches where you throw up and we don’t get the aura so I didn’t know they were migraines. I remember being in high school and having a migraine – back when they were infrequent (what an unknown blessing that was).
When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve identified a lot of triggers, food (alcohol, onions, chocolate, etc.), barometric pressure change. A lot of times I’ll wake up with them too. There’s just not one trigger, there are too many things.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried a range of drugs – all the drugs really. I did biofeedback, physical therapy, and I did cranial sacral massage. I’ve also tried tens units, had various injections, and IVs.
What does your migraine feel like?
There’s a couple of different ones. There’s one that feels like a stabbing through the front of the head and one that’s like a horseshoe squeezing through the back of my head. Those are probably the two most common ones I get. Then there’s one where my head hurts so bad I can’t figure out where it started and I need something to knock me out and not be conscious as soon as possible. There was a time period when they were really bad that I couldn’t even talk about a migraine without getting one.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor recommended it (back in 2014).
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
In 2014 it cut my migraines in half. I can’t remember how often I was having them then. It probably wasn’t the worst it’s ever been but it was certainly one a week and probably more frequently than that; and without meds. Since then I’ve had another illness and I’m on another medication and I’ve added on neurotoxin injections for my migraines. I won’t stop Cefaly, I’m not willing to risk an increase in the migraines though.
What made you want to share your story?
It saved me. It cut my migraines in half without medication that made me feel foggy and not so smart. Suddenly there was this thing with no side effects. If there’s one other person who is in my boat and reads this and can use it, I hope that they do. I also hope they build up the intensity and don’t push through it all in one sitting at the beginning. Don’t be a hero! As migraineurs we have enough pain in our lives! Use it a little bit each day until you build up your comfort level. At first I couldn’t do a full session and I would read about people who would use Cefaly while reading and watching TV and I thought there’s no way, you must be kidding me, but now I put on my Cefaly and I read and I find it relaxing even. I would recommend people try it and that they really try it and go slow to build up to a full session. If in the end it’s really not for you, then send it back – there’s a 60-day money back guarantee. Who even gives you a guarantee like that anymore?
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