First Name: Nancy
Location: Auburn, MA
Years with Migraines: 41
Occupation: Housewife/Stay at home mom
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines from the onset of my period, so since I was 13. I’ve been medicated for migraines since I was a teen.
When do you usually get migraines?
I don’t get them now. I rarely get them. When I used to get them, I would tend to wake up with them or they would come on with a sharp pain right above my eye area but I don’t know what started it. Stress was a contributor. My husband worked with the U.S. State Department and we were trailing overseas.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
If you name the medicine, I’ve been on it except for the newer ones the past couple of years. I’ve also tried massage, acupuncture, vitamins, neurotoxin injections, I’ve done it all.
What does your migraine feel like?
It was a sharp pain above my right eye and if it went on it would transfer over to my left eye and then I knew – forget it. I’d have nausea and have to be in a quiet room.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I was in Bangladesh, where we lived for the past few years because of work, and I had read about it. When I got back to the U.S. I found a good neurologist and I told her I wanted to get off the topiramate and start using the Cefaly device and she gave me a prescription for it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’m down 25 mg from 400 mg of topiramate, it’s amazing! I swear it’s from the Cefaly device. The first time I used the device I had to work up to the full 20-minute preventive session. I have traumatic brain injury and have a hard time remembering to do things, so we decided we’d use it every night during our favorite TV show. I learned to do it, it was worth it. I still use a rescue medicine but it’s very rare. If I feel a headache now I’ll take a couple what migraine person takes a couple Acetaminophen? That’s ridiculous. I used to laugh at people who would have a migraine and take a Acetaminophen. I haven’t had to cancel my plans. I haven’t had to not go somewhere because of a migraine in a couple of years. When I tell people it’s changed my life, people don’t understand. Because of my brain injury, I have no memory, I’m unable to lie. My pocketbook was full of migraine medicines before. Now I just keep one rescue drug in there as a back up. I used to get migraines about 10 times a month and the doctor refused to put me on a preventive so I had to get MEDVAC from Bangladesh to get placed on a preventive. Now I can’t tell you when was the last time I had one. It’s not fair to say I don’t have any. I’d say up to two times a month I’ll take an abortive medication but I’m not bed ridden.
What made you want to share your story?
I want you to know how successful the product is. It’s had a positive affect on me and I’m a tough patient, I’m not a good patient.
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