First Name: Alexandria
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Years with Migraines: 7
Occupation: Master’s student
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had them since high school, so about 7 years.
When do you usually get migraines?
I used to have one non-stop migraine but for the most part it’s reduced to there are definite triggers. Eating too many carbs in one day can be a trigger, as well as some loud noises (concert), and cigarette smoke is a big one. Hormones are a trigger too.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
We tried a lot of different things. My family and I had tried pills and mainly the neurologist nothing seemed to work. We tried some supplements. We tried neurotoxin injections, I’m still on it and it works quite well. I also started birth control shots to regular my hormones after Cefaly though just Cefaly alone works quite well, we were just trying to nip it in the bud. (I say we because I was underage at the time my migraines started and my family was very involved in my treatment options.)
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s really hard to describe. It’s just kind of this ache. The doctors would always ask me if it was sharp or dull but I was never able to pinpoint. It was this feeling of intense pain that I couldn’t describe and it was always right in the middle of my forehead.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I remember it was in 2014 and I was on Tumblr and on this blogging platform there’s a community of chronic pain and I didn’t have an account but I started reading and I saw a post about the Cefaly and I thought this could really help. I did more research and by January of February 2015 I started using it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been very good. The newer one is smaller and easier to carry around. I have the original headband one too. I normally use it late at night and it’s kind of a way to signal to my brain that I should be going to sleep soon. I mainly use the preventive setting but sometimes I use the acute setting that’s about an hour. The hour-long setting is intense and I can’t always do the full hour. I really think it’s lessened the intensity of migraines and their frequency as well. I find with the “emergency setting” when I have a bad headache lots of times it really helps with that. I used to have migraines every day before Cefaly and now sometimes I have really tiny ones but the full blown ones I only have them once every couple of weeks or once a month if I’m really lucky. So I only have one to three a month compared to every day before. Sometimes there are those tiny ones, which would lift the number a bit but I can work through them and it’s my way of tuning them out. I’m a Master’s student and if I have homework and focus on my homework I can make them go away.
What made you want to share your story?
Just the fact that you’re putting my story on a blog or Internet source I feel someone can have the same experience I did but this time it would come from a legitimate professional source and not just any social media source that could have any level of accuracy.
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