Location: Midland, Michigan
Years with Migraines: 16
Occupation: retired, finance director
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since 1999. I don’t know what brought them on… that’s a million dollar question. Every few months I develop a different theory.
When do you usually get migraines?
More often than not, I don’t know what caused my migraine. I do know that bright light can trigger it, so can fragrance and other smells, like exhaust or any chemical smell. Excessive tenseness, stress, and heat, and hormonal imbalance can bring on a migraine. If I have an empty stomach, pressure on my head (hat too tight or headband that’s too tight), a fluctuation in caffeine, excessive alcohol, or sleep disturbances, I can also get a migraine. I also suffer rebound headaches when I take too much medication.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have a list of about 50 things I’ve tried… basically migraine medications, anti-depressants to relive the migraines, blood pressure medications, different herbs, and supplements. I’ve also tried, massage, physical therapy cranial sacral therapy, neurotoxin injections in the head, acupuncture, several different diets. I also do mindfulness and somatic relaxation techniques to calm the mind and the body.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s changed over the years but right now what happens is I first feel an uncomfortable pressure in my head without pain, that’s how I know that there’s probably a migraine coming. The actual migraine starts with pain behind one eye, almost always the right side. if I don’t use Cefaly or take any medication to combat it, it can turn into a full migraine and put me in bed, make me feel like throwing up; what I typically do is try to nip it in the bud.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My husband was just Googling on the Internet and read about it, then I talked with my doctor.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
If I feel head pressure, the first thing I do is use the Cefaly. When I have the Cefaly on, I don’t notice the head pressure, probably because the sensation is so intense. If the headache is gone, great, if not I’ll take some medicine. I find medicines and treatments work better for me at first and then taper down. Still, I use my Cefaly every day first thing in the morning to try to prevent a migraine. I had to work my way up to the full intensity but it didn’t take long to get used to it. I used to get about 25 migraines a month and now I get about 20; anything that helps me take less medication is a good thing.
What made you want to share your story?
Migraines are a huge part of my life and a huge part of a lot of peoples’ lives — anything we can do to help each other, we should do.
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