Location: Palm Beach County, FL
Occupation: Art Education Teacher
How long have you had migraines?
I started getting migraines around 2008 or 2009. I got overheated one day and got really bad headaches after that, and no medicine over the counter would take care of it. I went to urgent care and they said it was a migraine. In 2014 I went to see a neurologist after having to go to urgent care for migraines.
When do you usually get migraines?
My biggest trigger is lightening and/or low hanging clouds, overcast days. Perfumes, cigarettes, and strong odors will also trigger a migraine. Artificial sweetener is also a trigger.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried many different medications to abort a migraine, including injections. I’ve also tried a medication that’s for seizures as a migraine preventative. My neurologist said the preventative medication wasn’t meant to be for the long term, we wanted to see if it would calm the migraines down but they were breaking through near the end. I’ve tried different essential oils, diets, massage therapy, and electric stimulation on my back. I’ve tried so many things and at one point I realized no matter what I did I was still getting month long migraines.
What does your migraine feel like?
I feel very hot. My head feels very hot on the right side, and inside my ear is a burning sensation. There is a stab of pain with a lot of heavy pressure.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I switched insurance coverage and took the opportunity to look for a new neurologist who would have a different approach. I didn’t want to be on medications, if there was an alternative. The new neurologist I found in 2014 recommended Cefaly or acupuncture to me. The Cefaly looked easier and it was cheaper.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s really, really, excellent. The first time I used it, it hurt, like if you massage a muscle that’s really sore. It took me about a week to work up to a full session. I was having a lot of pain through the sinuses, it was doing something, I could feel it working on one side a lot, chasing the pain. It took me a week to work my way up to the full 20-minute session. Before Cefaly I had one migraine a month but they could be a month-long, without a break. I even photographed my face before… I looked like I had experienced a stroke (but I had not), I had facial drooping and now that’s gone away, the aura is gone, and the dizziness is gone. I haven’t had a migraine at all since I started using Cefaly this past July.
What made you want to share your story?
I was in so much pain and I thought something really terrible was wrong with me. I had a hard time functioning. Every single day was exhausting. I felt like the day after the flu every day. I get off work at 3:30 p.m. but I felt like I was ready to go to bed at 2 p.m. My husband and I delayed having children because I felt so miserable and had difficulty functioning, my doctor concurred that I needed to be able to care for myself first and get off medications before pregnancy. I came off all medications in July and started using Cefaly, afterwards we decided I was well enough to have children, we are expecting a boy this April. I can currently use the Cefaly since it’s medicine-free which is part of the reason I wanted to try it. I’m off all medications and haven’t felt this good in ten years or so, it’s a real life changer. My husband and I were both so frustrated because with migraines/aura everything in life is on hold. We spent thousands of dollars before on different treatments, vitamins, and medications, before Cefaly. Even thought our insurance didn’t cover the Cefaly, it was worth the cost. I have now been using Cefaly for 8 months without a migraine and I am currently 7 months pregnant.
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