First Name: Oneida
Location: Pacific Northwest
Years with Migraines: 30+ years
Occupation: claims processor
How long have you had migraines:
When my migraines were first diagnosed 30 years ago, I was surprised. I’d been having bad headaches on and off since I was child. They became worse into young adulthood, so I thought they were normal. Didn’t everyone have them?
When do you usually get migraines?
Pre-Cefaly, there were weeks or months a time when I’d have a migraine more than 50% of the time. I’d also get them because of a few triggers. Changes in the weather, exposure for extended periods of time to sunlight, glare, fluorescent light, loud noise, and many fragrances. Also, missing meals, not eating enough protein, eating dairy, or not sleeping well will trigger a migraine. Since I started using Cefaly about 4 years ago, I’m down to migraines twice a month!
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Ice caps, neck massages, ice cold foods/drinks that cause “brain freeze”, frequent small meals/snacks, dark sunglasses, anti-inflammatory and anti-migraine meds, chiefly Sumatriptan.
What does your migraine feel like?
They vary. Before Cefaly, what once felt like a large bomb constantly exploding in my head, managed to get worse. Joining these symptoms in more recent years was the sensation of a hundred tingling, electrical shocks in my scalp. There was also pressure from what felt like vices applying on either on either side of my face, added like my head was being squished. They have left me with some permanent side effects.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
It was on a news shows during a segment featuring two doctors who said it was FDA approved.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I started experiencing the results, I couldn’t believe it. Cefaly is a constant companion on trips away from home when I have to fly or need to travel by car 2-3 hours from home. I have the first version and last year bought the most recent one. I use one or the other every day. I’m using this as I’m writing this blog! It’s helped me keep my sanity. It hasn’t cured my migraines, but my occasional bouts are much less painful and lots shorter. However, I must use it daily or else I’m in trouble and pretty much disabled.
What made you want to share your story?
After I heard about Cefaly, I happened to go to a neurologist who was doing a study about the effects of daily use of Cefaly. In full disclosure I became a subject. I am invested in Cefaly and have been sharing my story with other migraine suffers to help replace desperation and misery with a sense of freedom.
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