Location: New York, NY
Years with Migraines: 25
Occupation: Commercial real estate
How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines going back probably 25 years, since 4th or 5th grade. My first one was on a New Year’s Eve when I was 10 years old. I think for me it’s just genetic and runs down my mother’s side of the family.
When do you usually get migraines?
I have a bunch of triggers: atmospheric and weather changes, muscle tension, stress, and lack of sleep, are the main ones. On the food side, red wine is a major trigger for me.
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been on daily medication for the better part of 13 years. At this point I’ve tried anti-psychotic drugs, anti-epileptics, anti-depressants, migraine-specific medications, and others. It’s been trial and error but I have a good routine, working with limited side effects now. I also do quarterly neurotoxin injections, I’ve done that for the last 4 years. I also get massages once a month to keep muscle tension at bay. I added Cefaly to my routine 3 years ago. I find that some combination of those things has had success at keeping them at bay. Right now I’m on an old school anti-depressant as a daily preventive and I take a medication that’s a combination of sumatriptan and naproxen for acute onset pain.
What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like a vice clamping down on the right side of my head; the right temple. I also feel severe throbbing pressure behind my right eye. When it gets really bad I get tingling and numbness down my left extremities. It’s always the right side of my head and my left extremities.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended it to me and I’ve since recommended it to my mother.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I still get the major heavy duty headaches but Cefaly has really limited the low level headaches I would get three to four times a week. Those nuisance headaches that can encumber my daily activities, those seem to really have been curtailed by the Cefaly. I use my device daily for 20 minutes, usually at night. I get far fewer headaches than I used to. The headaches that are not a regular headache (but not a full blown migraine either) those types of headaches Cefaly has really cut down on those. So it doesn’t totally prevent the full-blown migraines for me but it eliminates a good amount of low level headaches and it makes it so I get the bad ones less frequently.
What made you want to share your story?
If there’s something out there that can help then I want people to know about it. There are other people like me trying everything and anything to make these go away and if there’s a device out there that can help some people and I’ve come across it I should let people know. Like my wife said, “If it’s helping you, it can help other tell other people, and you should be telling other people about it.” I think it’s great that this is a device and it’s non-invasive. I don’t want to take more medication if I can avoid it.
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