Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Years with Migraines: 58
Occupation: Retired (environmental scientist and a teacher)
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was 14 years old. I don’t know what triggered them. My mother suffered from migraines, so I assumed some it was hereditary but I can’t say for sure. There was no trauma or anything like that.
When do you usually get migraines?
I don’t really have any triggers. In the past few years the pain has been in clusters and I would get it every 2-3 weeks for 4-5 days in a row. The migraines come any time of day – sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the evening; there’s been no specific trigger or mechanism that we’ve ever been able to define.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have basically been using medication to try to lessen the frequency and the severity on my migraines. I’ve been on a beta blocker as a preventive for years and I’ve tried other drugs to help but none of them seemed to have had any effect in lessening the severity or the frequency of the pain. I have tried all of the stuff that has come along. I have been using various triptans in different forms, like injectables, nasal spray and pills. Those have helped to some extent but that’s something you take once you have head pain, they don’t prevent the head pain. I’ve used various combinations of drugs too, as well as supplements. I’ve ended up in the emergency room for an injection of drugs once or twice a year, sometimes more.
What does your migraine feel like?
It’s a very pronounced pain above my left eye. It doesn’t affect my vision but if it’s bad enough I get nauseated with it. When it becomes very severe I’m off to the hospital but I usually have to take something to help relieve the pain, which knocks me out and I have to go to bed and sleep.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I found out about Cefaly online while Googling migraine headaches. This is when I had changed neurologists and changed drugs. That doctor tried several things, including a steroid to block the area of the nerve above my eye but that didn’t seem to have any significant effect. She had very limited experience with the Cefaly but when I asked her about it she suggested we try it and gave me the prescription for it. She’s been very pleased with what happened! I go back to her in 3-4 weeks and she’s going to be blown away when I tell her the headaches are gone. They’re just gone! I’ve had one headache in 6 months; as opposed to a cluster of 4-5 every 2-3 weeks.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I consider myself headache-free at this particular point. I have never in all of these years even come close to this much of a difference. I started Cefaly and 6-7 days later I had one headache and since then I’ve had none. I’ve used the device for 6 months now almost exactly. I use it every day. I put it on and lie down and leave it on for 20-minutes and will end up falling asleep. I take a nap for half hour to 45 minutes. I’m retired now and don’t have to worry about going to work or anything like that. I use it in the afternoon sometimes after lunch depending on my schedule for day. I think in 6 months I’ve missed two days, maybe. It’s just something that I have to do. If it’s my time to use the device and I haven’t yet my wife says “Hey Tim, go Cef.”
Cefaly has made all of the difference in the world! I don’t have to get up to take a pill or two pills that make me groggy or go to bed and miss out on things. It’s eliminated this cloud, so-to-speak, that has hung over us for years. And the idea of not having to wake up my wife at 2 am and need her to take me to the emergency room is great. I do have some other medical problems but having this one eliminated form my life has made quite a difference.
What made you want to share your story?
My wife pushed me to do this… she said these Cefaly people need to know that this is working so that they don’t stop making it. She said we can’t have our life change back again.
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