First Name: Lauren
Location: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Years with Migraines: 26
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 10.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have a lot of triggers: lack of sleep, lack of food, being off-balance with my schedule. I have to make sure I stay hydrated and get enough water, things like that. In the past some scents would give me a migraine, like if I walked past a candle store but now that’s not usually a trigger. If I have a migraine certain lighting and sounds will make it uncomfortable but they doesn’t usually cause it.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried a lot of preventive medications. Since using the Cefaly I’ve also tried acupuncture, chiropractic care, meditation, and yoga. I use sumatriptan as needed and that has helped to abort a migraine. Recently I’ve been doing the CGRP inhibitor and topiramate and that’s been helpful but I’ve continued the Cefaly throughout. At one point I stopped the Cefaly to see if it was still working and I saw an increase in my headaches so I restarted it again.
What does your migraine feel like?
I get tension headaches and migraines. When I get a migraine it’s usually behind my eye and there’s a lot of pain. It usually just stays there for the duration of the migraine. It’s not always the same eye but it’s always in the same location.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I went to a neurologist and he prescribed it to me.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly has been really helpful. I think I’ve been using it for about 5 years. Ever since I’ve been using it I feel my headaches are less severe and less often. At one point I wasn’t sure if the Cefaly was still working so I stopped it for a month just to see and I found there was an increase, so I know that it’s definitely working. Anytime that I can get through a migraine and not have to take a nap, that’s great. I now have the Cefaly dual so I can do the longer treatment and it takes the pain away for at least the hour that it’s running. I had the Cefaly I originally but now I use the dual.
What made you want to share your story?
I have found that Cefaly is really helpful and I’ve shared it with other people that I know. I’ve even shared it with people that I don’t know on social media because I’ve found it so helpful. If I can be helpful in someone finding relief, I want to be able to do that.
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