Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Years with Migraines: 30+
Occupation: Manager, Healthcare Industry
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager. I didn’t know they were migraines back then. For many years I thought they were sinus headaches. At one point in my 30s I went to an allergist that said I wasn’t allergic and that I might have migraines. I’d heard about migraines and how terrible those headaches could be and I couldn’t imagine what that was like because I thought the headaches I got were pretty bad. At that point I didn’t know that I was actually experiencing migraines!
When do you usually get migraines?
My main trigger is weather and typically if a front is coming through or if it hasn’t been raining and it’s going to rain I can sometimes tell how severe it’s going to be. It’s an ability I wish I didn’t have. Other things, like stress, will cause a migraine to a degree and travel. Years ago wine coolers used to be a trigger too.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried different medications to try to keep my migraines under control. I have done and am still doing chiropractic care and acupuncture. I’m on one triptan that I take as needed when I have a migraine to try to stop it. I also use an essential oil I found at a health food store. I am not on any preventive medication right now.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s painful and I always get it in the same place, which is surrounding my left eye. It’s hard to describe what it feels like but I know it’s a migraine and not just a regular headache. It affects my energy and my ability to concentrate.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I think I read about it in an article.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly has definitely reduced the severity and frequency of my migraine attacks. I’ve also used it during a migraine attack and it helped to bunt it, even though I still felt migraine-y, it was an improvement. I’d say before Cefaly I probably had 3-4 migraines a month and now, more like 1-2 migraines a month. I used to get probably 2 or 3 really debilitating migraines every year and now it’s down to 1 a year. I feel I’ve had pretty good success with Cefaly. I’ve been using the Cefaly device for more than a year now.
What made you want to share your story?
I suppose I wanted to help other migraine sufferers not suffer and get people past the strangeness of the concept. It’s kind of an unusual self-use device. A lot of people might have the same initial thoughts of not wanting to wear a silly device on their head but I hope they can see past that.
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