First Name: Sveta
Location: Seattle, Washington
Years with Migraines: 24
Occupation: Software Security Professional
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 6 years old. I think for me it’s genetic; my uncle had them and my grandma had them too. I used to have episodic migraines for years but 4-years ago I moved to chronic migraine. I once had a non-stop migraine for 6-months.
When do you usually get migraines?
Lack of sleep and stress are triggers for me. During an attack I’m also light-sensitive, as well as sensitive to noise and smells. I really like spicy food but during migraine I really cannot stand the smell of certain spices.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Anti-depressants, beta blockers, neurotoxin injections. I’ve participated in clinical trials. I think the use of everything helps me with my condition.
What does your migraine feel like?
It starts on my right eye and then it spreads over my head. Sometimes I do have tingling in my tongue, back of my neck, and my left leg. When it’s a really strong episode of migraine it kind of feels like a stroke but I know it’s not. My left side is weaker than my right side. English is not my native language so during a migraine attack I have trouble speaking English.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’m using the device for prevention and for acute treatment. After 5 to 6 weeks I started to see improvement and I’ve been using Cefaly for 3 and a half years. Lately I use it more often for acute treatment and I can finally move out of acute medication – so instead of taking a triptan; for example, I use Cefaly and it helps me and I can sleep with it. Right now during a migraine attack if I need to go for a walk with my kid I use the device as well. It reduces pain during an attack and I feel functional with it. Sometimes I don’t want to take it off so sometimes I use it for hours. I can wear it at work. I can do everyday activities with it too. I’ve noticed that when I have tingling and aura in advance of my migraine I put on the Cefaly and I have less tingling in my leg with this device. My doctor thinks it’s important to try to stay away from acute medication because you can have rebound headaches and medication overuse headaches and this device helped me to break the cycle and stay away from acute medication. Now I have 1-2 migraines per month, which is a huge thing for me. It’s a completely new life!
What made you want to share your story?
I think people need to know about several options that can help them with migraines. I remember that for me it was very hard because when I started to have chronic migraines, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know anybody else who had this condition, I didn’t know how to help myself, how to go back to work, how to lead a normal life. It’s not only medication that can help, there are devices like Cefaly that can help you.
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