Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Years with Migraines: 8
Occupation: Online learning for National Guard
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since 2009.
When do you usually get migraines?
The migraines come in waves. I might not get them for 2 weeks, and then I’ll get them every day for a week and a half. There are certain triggers, like red wine (sometimes it causes one and sometimes it doesn’t), but the migraines have been so difficult to diagnose for me because they are so incredibly random. They come in waves. When I have them for a 2 week wave, for example, I get them every day. I have tried to link them to EVERYTHING, but there are NO clear patterns. The exception is weather fronts – this seems to make them worse.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have tried EVERYTHING, excluding surgery for migraines. I’ve had every test run; I’ve tried every medicine on the market. Most migraine medicines don’t work for me. A few medicines help somewhat, like an anti-epileptic medication and a tricyclic antidepressant for prevention. Medical neurotoxin injections helps some with prevention as well, so I get those every 3 months. I’ve tried lidocaine shots, chiropractic therapy, myofascial release, acupuncture, and every herb and supplement that exists that’s known to help.
What does your migraine feel like?
The migraines originate either in the back of my head (neck area) or on top of my head. They start out small and grow in intensity. My head is filled with pressure. I never have a headache that goes away on its own. Every one turns into a migraine.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
I discovered Cefaly while researching migraine fixes.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I honestly could not cope without my Cefaly. I thank God for it. I realize this may not be protocol, but when I have migraines, I wear it all day long. It covers the pain. I’m able to function when I’m wearing it. When I would normally be lying down with an eye mask and ice pack. I think Cefaly 2 is SO much better. Being able to use it while lying down is a massive benefit. I’m able to wear my Cefaly and get work done. It prevents me from having to call in sick. My co-workers call it “the mind-reading device”. Lol. I’m happy to wear my “crazy contraption” in the office because I’m so thankful for it!!
What made you want to share your story?
I want to share my story because the Cefaly has helped so much with the pain. And it’s allowed me to go to work instead of calling in sick.
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