Location: Middle River, Maryland
Years with Migraines: Approximately 11 months
Occupation: Retired Navy radioman; now runs wrestling business and is a registered financial advisor
James is a military veteran who uses the Cefaly device. He is part of a special series on the Cefaly website in honor of Veterans’ Day. It turns out, veterans get migraines too… some from years in stressful situations and others developed headaches before or after their service. James was a radioman in the Navy. When he retired from the military lifestyle he went into professional wrestling and eventually opened his own wrestling business. He is also a registered financial advisor.
How long have you had migraines?
After I finished my service with the Navy, I ended up becoming a professional wrestler. I got into an accident. I was head crushed by another pro-wrestler. I’ve had migraines and headaches here and there throughout my life but nothing chronic until December 13 of last year (2014).
When do you usually get migraines?
At this point it’s just chronic headache pain that doesn’t go away. I’ve had better hours but most of time there’s some sort of head pain present, so it’s difficult to identify what might be a trigger.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried many different medications and neurotoxin injections in my head but they haven’t really helped me, at least not like they were supposed to. I’ve also tried massage and acupuncture — I still do acupuncture. I’m not presently on any preventative medication; I just take over the counter medication as needed.
What does your migraine feel like?
My pain is intense and it goes from my temples back into my neck.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist at the VA prescribed it to me.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I like it. It takes my mind off the pain for a little bit of time. It also calms my pain down for a period of time when I use it and for a while after the session is done.
What would you tell someone else considering the Cefaly device?
I would recommend it. It makes you feel good, it’s very stimulating. I like that it’s not a medication and that I’m not taking any medicines right now.
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