Location: San Antonio, Texas
Years with Migraines: 6
Occupation: Served in Navy (4 yrs as Machinist Mate, 2.5 yrs as Corpsman)
Robert 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. Robert was a Machinist Mate in the Navy for 4 years and later as a Corpsman (also in the Navy) for more than 2 years. He now lives in Texas.
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 6 years. I have no idea what triggered them. They started while I was working in the Navy but it’s wasn’t stress, I don’t think my particular job was that stressful. I do know when I wear a hard hat or glasses I sometimes get a migraine.
When do you usually get migraines?
There’s no set pattern. I can get a migraine in the morning, or in the evening, or I’ll wake up with one — they just pop up. Sometimes wearing a hard or glasses will be a trigger.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried migraine-specific medications, anti-depressants in low dose, and a couple of seizure medications. I tried neurotoxin injections for a while but I don’t think they worked for me. Right now I take one migraine-specific rescue medication and just do Cefaly for prevention.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s awful and piercing. My migraines are a little bit different in that I don’t always get the headache on my right or on my left and it doesn’t stay there. If it starts in the back it’s going to be in the front later; they move around.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
So far so good. I did it for about a month but stopped to do only neurotoxin injections. Now I started again last week. I still get migraines but I do feel like the Cefaly helps. Before Cefaly I’d get 4 migraines a week, now I get about 1-2 a week and again, I just started back on it too. I didn’t have to work my way up like some people. Even my first time using it I fell asleep. It doesn’t feel as bad as the migraine so I’m like ‘Why not keep it on there?’
What would you tell someone else considering the Cefaly device?
I’ve already told a couple people to get it.
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