First Name: Harlan
Location: Cheney, Washington
Years with Migraines: 10
Occupation: Executive Director of a non-profit
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 10 years. As far as what started them we don’t really know but there was a moment, we call it “the incident” when my blood pressure went way up and I had a little vision issue. They never found the cause of that but after that I started having migraines every day and now they happen all day long.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have migraines every day, all day long – they never completely go away. I’m not sensitive to light or that sort of thing, as some migraines are. My migraines are just constant pressure, it’s kind of band that goes around my head, like a vice kind of feeling. If I don’t sleep enough it can certainly makes things worse.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I immediately started going to a neurologist after they started. We went through the typical medications, there were four or five of them that the doctor tried and some of them I couldn’t tolerate. They made me really groggy or I didn’t feel good using them. We narrowed them down to the couple that I take now at night. I take two preventives (gabapentin and a tricyclic antidepressant) and one rescue medication (quetiapine). I’m also on neurotoxin injections and those help but the biggest difference has been the Cefaly.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s a band around the top of my head and it’s just pressure. It’s a very odd feeling. It’s not like necessarily pain. It’s just hard to deal with, especially when it was really really bad. The medications did help a little bit but the Cefaly did the biggest thing. It’s made the biggest difference. I’ve had my Cefaly since 2016.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I have the first generation Cefaly that rests on your ears and I let it go the full 20-minutes. It was a little intense at first but I got used to it. It feels so good. Sometimes I’ll just do two sessions, I’ll just press it again. I love the way it feels now. If I have strong pressure I’ll also do it again. Normally I do it just once a night before I go to bed. It works great. Before Cefaly my pressure was an eight and now daily it’s like a two.
What made you want to share your story?
After all those years finding something that really did seem to have an impact and a big impact was really something. While the neurotoxin injections did help and the medications did help the biggest relief I had was when I started using the Cefaly. Migraines are different in different people and it doesn’t seem anyone has a cure for them but finding the Cefaly has made such a big difference. Whenever anyone tells me they have migraines I tell them to try Cefaly. It made such a big difference to me and people with migraines need to know it’s there. I love Cefaly. It’s the best thing to come along for migraines.
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