Location: Allendale, New Jersey
Years with Migraines: 9
Occupation: Project Manager
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 9 years now. Strangely enough I had moved from Manhattan to Rockland County. It could’ve been coincidence but my husband and I stained our deck and directly after that, I experienced my first migraine and they have been part of my life ever since. Up until my 30s I’d never had a migraine.
When do you usually get migraines?
I definitely have hormone-related migraines and issues with digestion. I have to steer clear of many foods and additives. Stress is a trigger. Changes in barometric pressure and being out in the heat can also be big triggers.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried various medications, a lot of triptans, I used to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but because of my digestive disease and dysfunction, I can no longer take NSAIDs. Actually, it made me have to rethink my whole treatment plan. I’ve been to about eight neurologists in my lifetime. I part ways when a physician no longer respects my opposition to preventative medications which typically have side effects, and they will not work with me on deferring their medication recommendations.
What does your migraine feel like?
Typically it feels like a lot of pressure, like my head is in a vice. I tend to get vertigo and sometimes aura. I don’t typically get nauseous; I used to years ago. I’ve had temporary hearing loss as a result, though that’s resolved itself at this point. Often for me the secondary migraine symptoms are worse than the pain – such as skewed vision, neck pain, tinnitus, and just not feeling well.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I went to see a new neurologist who told me about it. I strongly believe that you must be an active participant in your medical care. I saw this new doctor recently and what I loved about him is that I didn’t have to say much. I think he could gauge that I really was not enthusiastic about the medications typically used as preventatives. We discussed each class of migraine preventative and I had a negative comment about each one. He has one of those lights that doctors use to check your throat and he pointed it to device on the wall and said ‘That’s Cefaly’. He described it to me and I asked some questions. I asked if other patients success with it and he said yes. He gave me a prescription and there was no pressure to pursue it. He left the decision up to me; my destiny in my hands. I thought about it for 4-5 days, during which I had to use a triptan, after having a migraine with aura, and lost vision in my left eye. I was on the fence but I decided I had to try it; especially since it came with the 60-day money back guarantee.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
At this point I’ve been using it one week and I still challenge myself to get through the 20 minutes without pressing the button to stop the intensity. It’s still uncomfortable and I remind myself it’s only 20 minutes. I’ve graduated to the point that now I try to do something during the session, even if it’s putting my clothes away or walking around so that I’m not just lying there. It’s fascinating to me. Sometimes it feels like my hair is standing up. Not only have my headaches reduced drastically, but when I get them they’re so mellow that I haven’t needed medication to treat them. They abate quickly. To me Cefaly has been such a game changer. My family keeps me company while I do my Cefaly treatment, which is very nice. They get how hard it’s been for me to live with chronic migraine. I’ve tried to spread the word about it because it’s such a fantastic product for people who don’t want to or can’t take medications. It’s my 7th day today using the device and I’ve had great success. I haven’t logged one migraine. I usually log my head pain in a calendar. I did have my monthly cycle in between and that’s usually a very challenging time with headaches due to hormone fluctuations and this was a terrific opportunity to use Cefaly. I could feel a little bit of a headache but I definitely did not need to take medication to treat it.
What made you want to share your story?
Migraines are not an easy thing to live with. For me it’s a chronic condition. Most people don’t understand what it is like to live with chronic headache. If I can help other people experiencing this, that would be a wonderful thing. It can be very isolating. But to read the stories of others in a similar predicament and to become aware of alternative treatment options like Cefaly, is a wonderful thing!
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