Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Years with Migraines: 46
Occupation: Former marketing sales of security systems (now disabled)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a child. In addition, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease about 8 years ago and that magnified the migraines and they became daily. Every little thing I had wrong with me magnifies a thousand times because of the Lyme Disease. I used to have 6-8 migraines a month but now I have some sort of a headache every day. As a child I was originally misdiagnosed with sinus headaches.
When do you usually get migraines?
Weather is my biggest trigger, and stress. Right now I can’t handle any stress. Even watching the news will upset me.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve seen some of the best migraine doctors in the country, I’ve tried different Lyme Disease treatments, I even went to see a medicine man. I’ve exhausted almost everything. I’ve talked with surgeons. I was a high earner and I didn’t want to lose my career but I took my disability and have had to stay home. I am not able to work. I’ve tried neurotoxin injections, nerve blocks, various different medications. I tend to have a ‘honeymoon period’ with medications where they’ll reduce the pain level for a while but then the pain returns.
What does your migraine feel like?
The migraines usually target the top of my head, or one side of my head. I get an aura and I feel nauseous and irritable with throbbing pain, that’s the typical scenario. Sometimes the migraine is on both sides; it’s always frontal pain.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I was at a clinic when a doctor told me about it. Cefaly offers me relief and some benefit. It’s more of a pain reducer for me. I use it 6-7 times a week. It decreases the pain level for me.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Excellent! Every time I call everyone has been extremely responsive. It didn’t take me long to get through a full session, maybe 2-3 times and I was able to handle the full 20-minutes as programmed. When the head pain in in the 8 or 9 pain level, the Cefaly brings me down 2 or 3 pain levels, easy. If I use my medications, go to dark room, and use Cefaly, I can go to dinner that night. I can still go out. Sometimes I will use Cefaly multiple times in a row.
What made you want to share your story?
I was one of those people before Lyme Disease and migraines that never went to the doctor. I didn’t have much empathy and sympathy. I was like ‘suck it up’ and go to work. I drove myself to the hospital with appendicitis after working all day, for example. Now I have a whole new empathy for everybody who complains of back pain, or has some kind of chronic pain. My situation made me have a different perspective. I’m not judgmental anymore. If there’ something out there that can help anybody I want them to know about it.
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