First Name: John
Location: Denver, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 9
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since Sept 14th, 2009. I was riding my bike and a car pulled up in front of me; within 2-hours I started having pain right between my eyebrows. I was diagnosed with a migraine that I developed perhaps because of the accident.
When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t really been able to identify any triggers but it gets worse the longer I am upright and as the day progresses. Recently my doctor said to see an ear, nose and throat doctor and he diagnosed me with a skull fracture. I had surgery, through my nose. It’s still extremely painful. I continue to use my Cefaly to help with the pain.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I started using Cefaly and neurotoxin injections in 2014. Before that I tried nerve blocks and all kinds of medications and nothing seemed to work. Since I started using Cefaly and getting neurotoxin injections, I’ve gone down in medication from 75-80 mg daily of an opioid drug to 20 mg. A friend of mine wanted to try my Cefaly, I packed it up for him to take but when he hadn’t come to get it, in a few days, I had to get it out and use it. I can tell a difference when I don’t use it. I use Cefaly twice a day: once at noon and before I go to bed.
What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines live between my eyebrows and when they get worse they go into my cheek and down into my teeth. These days my migraines feel more like a dull pain, like pressure; it’s like after the hammer has hit you as opposed to a sharp being hit pain.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
In 2014 I went to a neurology clinic and learned of it there. I was told to start using neurotoxin injections and Cefaly.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I think it’s pretty good. I take less medication because of it and if I don’t have the Cefaly for a while I can tell the headaches are much worse. Whatever it is, it seems to work for me. I’ve tried a gazillion things. Cefaly lowers my pain, which allows me a better quality of life, which allows me to do more. When you’re sitting around in pain and feel like someone’s hit you with a hammer in the face, you don’t feel like doing anything and you’re not in a great mood. I was always walking around in such horrible pain. I was basically being tortured by my body. Cefaly gives me a better quality of life.
What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly helped me and maybe it might help others that suffer. I like the idea you can try it (for 60-days) and if it doesn’t work you can send it back. That’s why I ended up telling my friend to get one. I was going to lend him mine but after I stopped using it I realized he should get his own.
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