Location: Lincoln. Rhode Island
Years with Migraines: 54+
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was about 8 or 10 years old. They disappeared for quite a few years but came back when I was 15. Growing up my parents took me to all sorts of specialists, sinus evaluations, and x-rays; they were debilitating when I got them but we never came up with a reason for them. They gradually disappeared and just like that, they came back.
When do you usually get migraines?
Lack of sleep and stress will trigger a migraine. The weather isn’t a trigger per se but the summer season is when I have the least amount of them; fall, winter and spring they’re really bad.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
It would be quicker to tell you what I didn’t try! I’ve done acupuncture, meditation, biofeedback, medication. I never did try neurotoxin injections though. When I was younger some over the counter medication would help for a while. The only thing that helps now when I have a migraine is sumatriptan.
What does your migraine feel like?
I have all different degrees of them but with the bad ones, it’s like there’s a vice on my head and it’s just unbearable. I feel pressure behind my eyeballs and my temples — ugh I hate describing it because I can feel it as I’m talking about it — it’s really agony.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My wife saw something on the internet and told me about it. I started researching it after that. I originally started using the Cefaly I and transitioned to the Cefaly II.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It definitely helps me, it definitely, definitely does. I can tell because like anything else, when you use something and it works then you get complacent and you start skipping days and then headaches come back, it’s a wake up call that you better start using it again. When I use it every day I definitely have far less migraines and a lot less severe ones. I notice my use of sumatriptan is way down when I’m using the device. I’ve had the Cefaly II since it came out (July 2016) and I bought the Cefaly I at the very beginning (April 2014). I tend to go in spurts and can have a migraine 6-7 days easily and when I am using Cefaly, maybe I’ll have 1 in 10 days or a very low grade headache that I hate to even call a migraine because it’s very manageable, and compared to a bad one, it’s almost nothing.
What made you want to share your story?
I just wanted to try to be helpful because I like the product. When I do a good service for someone in my office I appreciate it when they go on the internet and write about it.
Since you’ve used both Cefaly I and Cefaly II, which do you prefer?
I like the Cefaly II better. The results are the same but I can wear my glasses when I have Cefaly II on. Plus, it doesn’t lose contact if I have to move or bend, like the Cefaly I that would sometimes disconnect. I wish the Cefaly II were louder when it shuts off. I enjoy using Cefaly. I almost look forward to end of day when I use it. It helps me go to sleep.
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