First Name: Kirsten
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Years with Migraines: 35+
How long have you had migraines?
My migraines started when I was 14, but they were episodic until 2002. Since then I’ve had chronic daily migraine.
When do you usually get migraines?
It’s changed over the years. Currently I’m usually okay in the morning, but the migraine gets worse in the afternoon and evening. The next morning it’s usually better again. It usually hits me after I finish teaching, around 2 p.m. My migraines are definitely stress-related, but weather and hormones are also significant triggers.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tend to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug around one since I know my head will start pounding by around two, but my doctor told me not to take it that often, so I only use it when necessary. I’ve tried just about every medication. I even tried the new CGRP inhibitors but I felt worse. If I haven’t tried a specific medication, at least I’ve tried that class of medication. I’ve also tried acupuncture and yoga. Yoga helped, but my migraines got so bad I couldn’t even do it anymore. I tried a gluten-free diet for about nine months, but that didn’t work. I also stopped eating sweets for about a year, but that didn’t work for me either. I’ve tried biofeedback and met with a pain specialist counselor, with some success.
What does your migraine feel like?
At its worst, I can’t move and I end up lying on my bed and I want to cry but I can’t because then it hurts even more. It’s an incessant pounding and I feel totally alone.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I found Cefaly through my own research and then I asked my neurologist about it and he gave me a prescription. I keep up with all the new migraine research and treatments.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I feel the Cefaly has helped when I have migraines. It’s a distraction and covers up the pain, especially in the moment. I used it preventatively for a long time but that didn’t seem to make that much of a difference. It’s more helpful to me during a migraine, before it becomes severe. I would recommend Cefaly to anybody with migraines because at least there aren’t any bad side effects, which is rare!
What made you want to share your story?
I want to help anybody with migraines. I was a patient advocate for the National Headache Foundation, and I have a lot of students with migraines. If they tell me they have migraines I invite them to my office and I share my experience with them. I don’t give them specific advice, but I tell them about preventative medications, headache specialists, and Cefaly.
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