Cefaly has helped Cheryl manage her migraines

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First Name: Cheryl
Age: 66
Location: Just moved to Idaho (after 11 years in California)
Years with Migraines: 12
Occupation: Retired (formerly a high school teacher)

How long have you had migraines?
I started getting them about 12-13 years ago.  They were hormone-related and increased in severity and frequency as I got closer to menopause.

When do you usually get migraines?
I usually get them during the night – between 3 and 5 AM.  However, I do get them during the day or evening sometimes.  I have no specific triggers, except alcohol sometimes.  I get them daily for months at a time and I have not been migraine free in the past 12 years, except for short periods of time.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have tried numerous treatments – beta-blockers, triptans, botox, Co-Q10, anti-seizure medication.  The triptans get rid of the migraines about 90% of the time, but do not prevent them.  Beta blockers and Co-Q10 worked for a short amount of time, but stopped working after a few months.  Neurotoxin injections and the anti-seizure medication did not work – nor did I want to use those as a long-term solution.

What does your migraine feel like?
I have two kinds – the standard type with the sharp pain over one eye and one in which I have a deep aching pain on both sides of my head.  I only get a migraine that leads to vomiting and all day in bed once ever couple of years.  But the migraines I do get will not go away unless I take aspirin in conjunction with zolmitriptan.  I take aspirin every day.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My husband read an article about Cefaly before it was approved by the FDA and told me about it.  I was ready to have someone in Canada purchase it and send it to me, when I read that it had been approved in the US and I could purchase it here.  I told my doctor about it and she wrote a prescription for me, even though she had no information on it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
For the most part, it has been very positive.  If I use it consistently, it definitely helps.  And I feel much better about using Cefaly than taking potent drugs!  The new version is easy to take with me when I travel and it doesn’t look quite so much like a Star Trek headband – lol!

What made you want to share your story?
Migraines are debilitating, frustrating and depressing.  Like most migraine sufferers, I have been to numerous doctors and tried numerous treatments – always with disappointing results.  If I can help one migraine sufferer by sharing my experience with Cefaly, I am more than happy to do so!

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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