First Name: Patricia
Location: Muskogee, Oklahoma
Years with Migraines: 46
Occupation: Teacher (retired)
How long have you had migraines?
I had my first migraine when I was 12; so 46 years.
When do you usually get migraines?
The only triggers I have are getting too hot, too cold, not enough sleep, and then the smell of oranges and red grapes.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
So, I taught school before I got married in 1983. The next year my migraines increased to an average of one a week. After our family doctor tried several medications, I was referred to a neurologist who ran several tests. Then I was told, “you were single, you got married, you moved from the city to the country, you were teaching and now you are a homemaker. You have had a lot of changes in your life and you’re under stress. When you get control of the stress of your life – your migraines will stop.” I burst into tears and he said, “see I told you, you were under stress!”
I did not go back to a neurologist for close to 30 years. My migraines kept building in frequency and length. The only thing that seemed to truly help was getting narcotic shots that would totally knock me out. To function while I had a migraine, I took lots of narcotics. I often said if I didn’t have a migraine, I had a headache. I had 3-5 migraines a week…. many lasting days. In the fall of 2012 I was put on a synthetic extended release morphine pill. I had pain free days for the first time in years! Then in December we were informed my insurance would no longer cover them. I was switched to oxycodone. My colon promptly shut down prompting two hospital stays —- the first a week the second almost two weeks. I could not even take acetaminophen for almost the next year. Desperate, I tried a neurologist again who suggested I try a Cefaly device. He had no real knowledge of them at the time but had just heard of them.
What does your migraine feel like?
My head is either going to explode or implode and a really cold spoon, if you could scoop out behind my eye, it would feel really good. I’d like to just scoop that area out.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist suggested the Cefaly device.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I went to a neurologist after staying away from them for 30-years after a bad experience. This time, I went out on the Internet and looked for bad reviews of what was being prescribed, which was a Cefaly — I only found six bad ones and two of those acknowledged that they had not used the machine properly. The rest were all miracle stories, like “used it and have never had another migraine.” My success with Cefaly was almost immediate. My results were different but just as amazing. Immediately my migraines dropped back to approximately one a week. I also had a decrease in the intensity. My eyes are still very light sensitive but I very rarely reach the nauseous stage anymore. I still cannot sleep them off but I very rarely have to knock myself out anymore.
What made you want to share your story?
This device gave me back my life! I don’t go anywhere without it, it’s my constant companion. It just changed my life. I was on so many drugs and I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t be depended upon to do anything. Now I have my life back.
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