Location: Mercer Island, Washington
Years with Migraines: 35
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was about 20 years old. I think the combination of stress and fatigue when I was in college was a real trigger. I remember in the middle of huge project I felt like I had the flu and went to doctor who said it was a migraine.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have a lot of triggers. MSG is a big one. The biggest is not enough sleep especially for extended periods of time. Red wine, dark chocolate, and heavy fragrances are also triggers.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried acupuncture and massage therapy. I was on a beta blockers for years that seemed to work and then
it stopped working over time. Right now I’m having neurotoxin injections in my head every three months. Cefaly and the neurotoxin injections together are a good fit for me. I take a migraine-specific medication but I find everything stops working after a while. I’ve also noticed when I’m on a certain migraine rescue medication my memory is not very good, so I really appreciate now that I’m on Cefaly not having to take as much as I have in the past.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s really changed over time. Right now when I get a migraine I feel a lot of pressure in front of my forehead and it travels along to the back of my head, down by the base of my skull. It’s not a throbbing pain like it used to be. It’s become a steady pain. I get nauseous and my legs get weak; I feel like I was hit by a truck. I get really sensitive to lights and any kind of noise.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I have a friend who went to a tradeshow and said a friend of his was wearing this device that helped his migraines. It wasn’t available here (in the U.S.) but I kept looking into it. I went to neurologist and asked for prescription when it received FDA approval.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I really like it. At first I was a little nervous about it. It took me about a week to start using it consistently. I found that once I got used to the sensation it was soothing and I enjoy it now. I lay down and experience a soothing feeling after some initial tingling, like a massage on my scalp, I end up falling asleep. I work from home and I find a time in the day, late morning usually. I set my alarm so I don’t oversleep. I was probably getting maybe 10-15 migraines a month before and now maybe 4. I would say my migraines are less intense than in my 20s. I would throw up when I was younger and had them. I take less rescue medications now because of Cefaly. I used to panic between prescriptions for fear I’d run out and now I have left overs each month that I stockpile. I don’t have that period where I’m worried about running out of medication anymore.
What made you want to share your story?
I think it really works and for me it’s such a benefit. I really don’t like taking the oral medicines so I hope that others can benefit from that. Whenever I take medications, I spend a long time wondering what it does to my liver and my organs, especially when I’d have migraines 3 days in a row and I’d be taking all this migraine medication. Cefaly is a big relief, it’s drug-free, and it’s just really helping.
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