Location: New York, NY
Years with Migraines: 30+
Occupation: Social Media Consultant
How long have you had migraines?
I started getting migraines when I was 8 years old. I was lucky, my pediatrician recognized it for what it was.
When do you usually get migraines?
You learn your triggers after a while though they did change as I got older. Barometric pressure and hormones are main triggers. I also can’t drink red wine. I maintain mostly gluten free diet on the suggestion of a doctor. I’ve also given up bananas because I think sometimes they’re a trigger.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been on many preventives. I spent a long time on a medication that’s originally intended for seizures as a migraine preventive but periodically had to stop taking it because of side effects. I get neurotoxin injections every 12 weeks and I know it works because when it starts to wear off I get tremendously sick at the end of every cycle.
What does your migraine feel like?
It depends, but for the most part I get the first pain usually behind my eye. The radiating pain goes up my skull, basically there’s like a line behind my eye around my forehead, it’s like from my eye down to the back on my neck. It’s sharp when it’s at its worse — sharp and constant but most of the time it’s just throbbing. I’ll often take a triptan to abort. I find them particularly effective but not if you overuse them.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it. I researched it and thought it was something I might try but I wasn’t sure about it. I delayed my decision for a while. The FDA approval prompted me to really look into it. I emailed my doctor’s office and got prescription. I’ve been using it for well over a year.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I feel something when I’m doing it. I feel like it helps. I’m using it more aggressively based on my neurologist’s suggestion. I use it once a day, every day, but if I feel a migraine coming on I’ll also use the Cefaly. Sometimes it helps give me a few more hours before things hit. Sometimes it even gets the head pain to just go away. I’ve noticed less severe migraines but because I’ve been dealing with migraines for so long I hesitate to attribute relief to one particular thing. I can say my migraines are less severe.
What made you want to share your story?
I have always been very open. I think knowledge is important for people with migraines and I want to do whatever I can do to help.
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