Location: Portland, Oregon
Years with Migraines: 52
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 5. At that age through my teens I might have 6-7 migraines a year. It was only later, starting at about 50, that they became really chronic and went to as many as 15 migraines a month. I would have some level of headache 20-days a month or so but true migraines 12-15 times a month.
When do you usually get migraines?
They revolve around sleep — lack of sleep or too much sleep. My other trigger is chocolate, unfortunately! And any change in routine. Lighting really affects me too, particularly overhead fluorescent lighting. I’m a teacher but fortunately we only have one strip of lights on in our room and we supplement it with lamps. Also, my migraines generally come on in the middle of the night so it’s really hard for me to abort them because I wake up and they’re already in full swing.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried 14 different medications over the last 8 years as preventative treatments. All the usual things: anti-seizure, anti-depressants, you name it. I’ve saved them all, they’re in this basket at home and it’s almost full. Some of them would work initially, I might have a month or two when my headaches lessened. I had the best luck with a beta blocker. Even though I’ve been on Cefaly I’ve stayed on the beta blocker. I didn’t want to change anything for now since everything is working.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s pretty intense, the whole front of my head aches and my forehead just throbs. I was ending up in the hospital a couple times a year. Sometimes my migraines would last 2-3 days, the doctors were unable to get them stopped and I would vomit throughout the episode.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
A neurologist I had been seeing had just started prescribing it. My migraines and headaches were in a bad cycle then. I remembered reading about Cefaly a couple of years ago and its success in Europe and I thought back then ‘When that comes here I’m going to try it.’ My neurologist had had good success with a couple of her patients and she wanted me to try it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been amazing. I’ve had pretty much immediate relief. I had a mild headache after the second time I used it but I’ve been keeping a diary and I went 34 days without a headache. It was only 34 days but for me that is a lifetime. Then I had a mild one and then nothing. I’ve had one migraine now in last 57 days. The big thing, aside from being pain free, is that I don’t have to take any abortive medications. I have so much more energy. The people I work with say I’m completely different. I’m much more active. I work with Autistic children and they can be very loud whether they are happy or sad, which can make even a minor migraine difficult to manage. Cefaly has definitely helped me in my work. My wife also sees a big difference in my attitude and energy level.
What made you want to share your story?
If it helps one person, I want to share it. After 30 days or so of using Cefaly I posted a little thing on Facebook about it with a link. I just felt people would want to know about it as everyone knows someone who suffers from migraines.. I noticed several people shared it with friends, which made me happy. For me, it truly has been such a life changer.
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