First Name: Megan
Location: Boston, MA
Years with Migraines: 20 total; 10+ severe migraines
Occupation: human resources – director
How long have you had migraines?
I got them occasionally in college but I knew then that I was overtired and if I took a nap they went away so I didn’t worry about them too much. Then about 8 or 9 years ago I was driving down a highway and was struck blind by this unbearable pain. I went to work but left early to go to the doctor and I just curled up crying in the doctor’s office with the lights off; they had to give me a shot of ketorolac so I could get home. I spent the next two weeks on the couch with barbiturates and I’ve ben suffering with migraines consistently ever since. I get about 20 migraines a month.
When do you usually get migraines?
My migraines are multi-faceted; they have physical causes and other causes too. I have fibromyalgia. Also, bright lights can cause my migraines, things I eat can cause my migraines. Anything can cause a migraine for me — if it’s Tuesday it can cause a migraine. When I go to a restaurant; for example, I have to look around and see how the lights are set up because if I sit in the wrong spot it’ll trigger a migraine. All that stuff people think looks romantic has to be rearranged. I’m constantly using condiments to block the lights.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I still watch my diet and exercise. I’ve tried acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy. I take every pill under the sun and I take the strongest level of every medication out there.
What does your migraine feel like?
The ones I call the “day killers,” those that render me completely useless, where I’m curled up on the couch feel like my head is going to explode. It feels like my brain is expanding and going to break the boundaries of my skull and at the same time like there’s a vice on my head. It’s as if the two are having a competition to see which one is going to kill me first and it’s truly unbearable.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor told me about it. At the time it was new and I think he was skeptical bit I’ve since been pushing him to recommend it to more patients.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
The Cefaly is a big reason why those day killer migraines don’t happen as much any more and it also helps with my TMJ; that’s what I first noticed it was helping. The daily 20-minute setting helps relax everything on your face including the jaw muscle. When I first got Cefaly in 2014 it was only for preventive treatment but when I had a really bad migraine I would use the device to abort a migraine even though it wasn’t technically designated for that. Now that there’s the acute setting, at least a couple nights a week I sit on the couch turn on the hour-long session and watch television and I may or may not fall asleep with the dog on my lap and the Cefaly on my head. And I’m very very happy! Otherwise I just sit there and the bones in my face hurt but if you turn on the Cefaly that just goes away and it’s the most amazing thing. My migraines don’t have the same frequency and severity that they used to. I now use my acute medication for the work days. My insurance only gives me a certain amount of pills a month and on the weekends I rely on Cefaly the most to help me.
What made you want to share your story?
I just feel like everybody should know about this. It is truly what allows me to get through my week. I have a difficult job and I have a lot of physical issues that could prevent me to do a job that I love and that helps support my family; so something like the Cefaly helps me be able to work. My grandmother used to go lock herself in a room for 3-days at a time because of her migraines. I don’t have that option so I want people to know about this. There’s no reason for them to suffer.
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