First Name: Michelle
Location: Reading, PA
Years with Migraines: 22 years
Occupation: Speech Pathologist
How long have you had migraines?
I have suffered from migraines for over 20 years. My first migraine came with my first period at age 13. I know there is a genetic factor as my mother has migraines as well.
When do you usually get migraines?
Hormonal fluctuations are a major trigger. Lack of sleep, too much sleep, fluorescent lights, strong scents, eye strain, and alcohol are also triggers.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Several medications including triptans, topical tramadol, a tricyclic antidepressant, hormone therapy, a drug that’s a combination of acetaminophen, dichloralphenazone, and isometheptene; another over the counter medication that combines aspirin, caffeine and acetaminophen. I still take caffeine on its own and use ice compresses. I have never chosen to take drugs used for prevention such as beta-blockers and topiramate due to their common adverse side effects.
What does your migraine feel like?
I get headaches as well as migraines and there are important distinctions between the two. Migraines consist of sharp, acute pain on either the right or left side (as opposed to the dull, generalized ache of a headache). The pain is accompanied by nausea, light and sound sensitivity, and diarrhea from gastroparesis. I experienced visual disturbances only a handful of times. Also unlike a headache, the pain is debilitating. With a headache, I can function in daily life, albeit with pain and discomfort. With a migraine, I must be laying down in dark room.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I read an article online about the Cefaly when it was first introduced to the market and began to do further research.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
My Cefaly experience has been extremely positive. When I have a migraine, nothing gives me greater relief. If the migraine cannot be aborted with the Cefaly alone, it at least provides relief until the Triptan kicks in.It is such a vital part to my migraine treatment regimen that I convinced my mom to get one last year. She has told me several times that like me, she cannot imagine not having it.
What made you want to share your story?
The Cefaly has been so helpful to me, that I feel it’s important to share my positive experience. The pain of a migraine is so unbearable and debilitating that I wouldn’t even wish it on anybody. I’m happy to recommend this product to anyone in order to help with their struggle with migraines.
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