Location: Chicago, IL
Years with Migraines: 18
How long have you had migraines? 18 years
When do you usually get migraines?
Early on I would get migraines at all hours of the day and night and almost every day. Now, through medical assistance, medication (including Cefaly), and trial and error, I mostly get headache pain between 2am and 5am several times a week.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
There is very little that I have not tried. I was under the care of a neurologist for more than several years. I was also hospitalized twice under his care. He told me that I had tried every “conventional” migraine treatment that he could prescribe. I was religious in taking each medication prescribed, starting at a low dosage and all the way up to the maximum dosage he prescribed. He told me that I had an unusually high threshold for taking the medicine he prescribed. During our last meeting he said that the one last treatment that he could prescribe was lithium but he was reluctant to write me a prescription. At this point he basically terminated his treatment of me.
I should say that I respond very well to sumatriptan and have from the very start. My goal in using the Cefaly is to find preventive help on a more permanent basis.
What does your migraine feel like?
I get a sharp pain just over and behind my right eye; my headaches consist of the same pain every time. My more recent headaches now feel more like tension headaches that extend across my eyebrows.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I am the recipient of much migraine prevention correspondence from my network of friends. One of my friends in Florida, who has been especially helpful, read about Cefaly and informed me.
What is your Cefaly experience like?
I am a long-time Cefaly user. I have been using the original Cefaly for at least 4-5 years. I usually sit through two consecutive sessions of 20 minutes each. Most of my use has been for preventative purposes and therefore I press the switch twice during pain-free periods. On the occasions that I am experiencing pain I press the switch once and I do feel that my use of the Cefaly device has been successful when I am experiencing active pain.
It’s hard for me to determine how the Cefaly has helped me in a preventative sense. Even though I am a long-time user I still get a pretty good buzz feeling during and for a short time after use. I did stop using the Cefaly for a several month period in the last 9 months or so as my headaches seemed to subside. However just before Christmas 2018 I decided to get back to the treatments and now I use the device almost every day.
I am a big believer that migraine pain is somehow related to agitated nerves. Cefaly is a great way to stimulate and calm down those agitated nerves.
What made you want to share your story?
Unfortunately migraines have become a huge part of my life for a long time. I don’t think that anybody should suffer from migraines and this is my attempt to help in any way that I can.
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