Location: Columbia, Missouri
Years with Migraines: 4+
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines as long as I can remember, into early childhood. They did not become debilitating until I was about 20. I don’t really know why. I was in college, a full-time student, an employee, I had a very active social life and was very active with extra-curricular activities. My doctors presume it was probably my age that triggered them to be worse around that time. My mom’s migraine started and were also more severe around that age period too.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve had daily migraines for the past 4 years and after recently going to a neurologist/specialist and a clinic that referred me to a head pain unit at a hospital I started to get better. It’s difficult to identify what triggers them. Weather changes, alcohol, sometimes stress, skipping meals, medication overuse, and genetics are factors for me. I have chronic sinusitis, allergies, TMJ, and neck pain, which also can contribute to the migraines; so keeping those conditions under control is important in my treatment.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve probably tired almost every medication there is… several preventatives – you name it! Triptans were my main abortive but I’m on different abortive and preventative medications now too. I’m on my 8th round of neurotoxin injections. I’ve done chiropractic care, acupuncture, clinical massage therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy, oxygen therapy, occipital nerve blocks, trigger point injections, facial nerve blocks, facet blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks, intravenous therapy, and several different infusions.
What does your migraine feel like?
My pain is predominantly behind my right eye, it’s like a stabbing, broadening, unbearable pain and it becomes debilitating, often with severe nausea, sensitivity to light, sound and smell.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I’m pretty involved online and stay up to date with the migraine community. I’m in several online support groups and blog. I was researching online about migraines and came across an article on Cefaly. I had to tell my doctor about it, he hadn’t heard of it but I contacted Cefaly and their awesome customer service explained how to get a prescription and my doctor was very happy that I brought it to his attention and wrote me a prescription for Cefaly!
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I will actually use Cefaly consistently throughout the day, especially if I have a really bad migraine and I can’t bare it. I use it often more, than once a day. Cefaly is a tool that I have. My migraines are very complicated and in conjunction with other treatments and medications the Cefaly is something I have in my ‘migraine toolbox’ at my disposal to use, as I need it both as a preventative and an abortive. It’s something I really rely on. You can only take so many abortives. I always have it in my purse, I don’t leave the house without it. I don’t think I could go a day without it now that I have it. I am currently on a lot less medications, about 1/3 of what I was taking prior to the hospital. It’s tricky to limit your medications when your migraines are daily but using Cefaly as a tool, and having a combination of treatments my migraines are more under control than they have been since becoming debilitating 4 years ago. I’d say my migraines have been better, less intense and my worst migraines are more rare; certainly more manageable with the conjunction of treatments.
What made you want to share your story?
I really love the Cefaly. I post about it on social media and I get a lot of questions and inquiries. I’m certain that I’m responsible for at least 5 purchases. People comment that it’s my crown, which I obviously encourage. It’s been so helpful to me I want to take the opportunity to get the word out as much as possible. Cefaly is not a medication. There’s no serious side effects or anything. It has been a life saver for me.
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