Location: Portland, Oregon
Years with Migraines: 20+
Occupation: Registered nurse
How long have you had migraines?
My migraines exacerbated in my early 20s when I took a medication for endometriosis called Lupron and since then they have continued to escalate. In addition to my migraines, I have chronic daily headaches that also started in my early 20s. I also had a combination of headaches and migraines that began in my early teens.
When do you usually get migraines?
I’m extremely sensitive to barometric pressure changes and a lot of my migraines are triggered by this. In addition to the changes in barometric pressure, my migraines can be triggered by: stress and foods (ie. Wines—esp. red wine; sharp cheeses; items with nitrites & sulfites—ie. pickles, sausages, bacon; MSG).
What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried multiple medications including anti-depressants, antiepileptics, antiemetics, and triptans.I have also tried medications given via a nasal spray and also by self-administered injections. Currently, every three months I receive a neurotoxin injections and on a daily basis I take three preventive medications: an anti-depressant, an antiepileptic, and a calcium channel blocker. When my migraines exacerbate I will take a triptan. If my home medications do not work I will go in to the hospital for infusion treatments of an ergot alkaloid and a combination of other medications.
What does your migraine feel like?
When I have a migraine it’s like an extreme vice grip, a tightness across the frontal area of my head. I also get an ice pick, stabbing feeling behind my right eye. Also, when I have a migraine that lasts longer than a few days I develop facial numbness and tingling. During my migraines I am very photophobic, phonophobic and extremely sensitive to smells/scents.
How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.
What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Since starting Cefaly my migraines have decreased. My first time using Cefaly was extremely weird. I had to get used to the device, but it took me about three or four treatments to get used to the sensation, which is difficult to describe. I am used to it now, but still at times I am not able to “ramp” my Cefaly II up to its full frequency. My Cefaly has helped me by decreasing the frequency and/or duration of my migraines and it has helped me decrease the amount of rescue medications that I use.
What made you want to share your story?
I used to miss anywhere from one to two days days of work every pay period and now I might miss one day a week every 3 months! I feel a lot of that is due to Cefaly. I just feel it is important to share information with others who may be suffering and let them know that there are other alternative treatments available on the market.
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