First Name: Mandy
Location: Long Beach, CA
Years with Migraines: 1
How long have you had migraines?
The migraines started about a year ago.
When do you usually get migraines?
Alcohol is a definite trigger, so I cut out all alcohol. I cut out caffeine too and reduced my chocolate consumption. I am super sensitive to certain types of perfumes.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I was on topiramate for a while. At one point I was in the hospital because I couldn’t get rid of the headache and was given divalproex sodium for 2-3 weeks afterward. I’ve also tried ice packs. My doctor gave me a medication that I use for acute migraine that’s composed of acetaminophen, caffeine, and butalbital but I find it to be a downer and don’t like to take it unless I really need to. I tried acupuncture but that didn’t work, it made it worse. I’m currently trying different supplements and vitamins.
What does your migraine feel like?
Sometimes I have an aura but lately there hasn’t been an aura. It usually feels like a lot of pressure and it’s all over my head. I don’t vomit or anything and my migraines are never so bad that I can’t leave the house. Still, they are bad enough where they can be debilitating. When I have a migraine, I still go to work but it’s hard to work when you’re not feeling 100 percent.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My new neurologist told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
My Cefaly is the Dual that has two settings. It’s great. If I feel a migraine coming on I’ll use it and it’s very relaxing. It helps to stop the migraine too. Mostly I use it on the prevent setting as a preventive measure at night and I can usually sleep through something if it comes. I like that I can use it as a substitute for the acute medication. I think Cefaly is a fantastic device. I used to get 25 migraines a month and now I’m down to one in the last 8 weeks. For me Cefaly provided immediate relief. It just worked right away.
What made you want to share your story?
There are so many people that suffer in silence and I was just at the tip of the iceberg looking into alternative stuff. Cefaly is fantastic. I love that it’s not going to mess with your body. To know there’s this electronic device that can help, that’s not a drug, that’s not potentially damaging your liver, is terrific.
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