First Name: Joani
Location: Port Orchard, Washington
Years with Migraines: 30
Occupation: School volunteer (retired nurse)
How long have you had migraines?
I have had migraines for about 30 years…they are much better than they were before menopause but I do still get them.
When do you usually get migraines?
My triggers are hormonal, sleep changes, not enough water, very hot weather, nitrates, some cheeses, MSG, low blood sugar, and flying on airplanes.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
In the past I have tried preventative meds, Amitriptyline, Vit B6, migraine diets and a cpap machine. All helped some; none removed my migraines completely. I have taken prescription abortive meds for many years, having to change the med a few times as they quit working after awhile.
What does your migraine feel like?
Each headache is a bit different ranging from mild to severe with varying degrees of eye pressure and visual disturbances, nausea, head and jaw and neck pain, strange dizzy types of feelings, and sensitivity to lights.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I found it online in my own research.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I tried the Cefaly for the first time about 5 years ago as a preventative, as I had read about it researching new migraine treatments online. I used it daily for about 4 years and did see some decrease in my headaches but not drastically. Now I use the Cefaly 2 (now called Cefaly Acute) only when I get a headache (1-5 times a month). If I catch the headache soon enough, using the Cefaly at the beginning of my headache it usually takes the headache away or drastically reduces symptoms within an hour or so after use; sometimes even during my Cefaly session. I only take my sumatriptan about once every 2 or 3 months now.
I think that Cefaly is definitely worth trying. It has helped me. The preventive didn’t work as much as I wanted it to but I was starting to get less migraines anyway. A couple of times I started using my initial Cefaly abortively. It was just trial and error since that device was only supposed to be for preventive use and only for 20-minutes day but I noticed that it took the migraines away a lot of the times –more than 50-percent. Now I use the Cefaly Acute for a straight hour and it takes away my migraine more than 50-percent of the time as well. I definitely recommend it.
What made you want to share your story?
I think it’s worth a try. I know people who have migraines and how terrible it can be and mine seem less severe that most people. If I had them worse that I do, or did, I’d want to try anything.
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