Cefaly helps Lauren manage her migraine pain

First Name: Lauren
Age: 55
Location: Avon, Indiana
Years with Migraines: 50+ (chronic for 11 years)
Occupation: Legal nurse consultant

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had them off and on my whole life. They did not become severe and become a real constant chronic problem until 2008.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have many triggers: any alcohol, chocolate, cheese, artificial sweeteners, red dye, any strong fragrance, bright light, heat, stress, fatigue, eye strain (like staring at the computer), some medications that can trigger it, etc. There are so many triggers. I’m never without a headache. On a pain level from 1 to 10, I’m always at least a 4.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve taken so many medicines – many, many, medicines. Neurotoxin injections, a horrible dry needle therapy (it wasn’t acupuncture but it seemed exactly like acupuncture to me). I’ve tried massage too.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s like an intense pressure in my head and it’s like my skull contains an intense pressure and if my head could just blow up my pressure would be relieved. Sometimes I feel if I could just get forks and poke my eyes out the pressure could escape through my eyes and that would be better.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended it. I had heard about it from my sister who told me, this awesome device is coming and you have to try it. I was waiting and waiting and I asked my doctor about it. A couple of visits later she wrote me a prescription.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I really like it. I say this to everyone who is considered trying it: My Cefaly alone does not get rid of my migraines, but I consider it to be a layer in my armor to fight my migraines. I use it every night. If I have a migraine, I put it on and I lie down, and it really helps. I’ve been using it for 5-years and if I don’t use it a few nights I see a big difference. It is definitely a step in my combination therapy. If I don’t use it, the pain I walk around with constantly is worse and I have more acute attacks.

What made you want to share your story?
I think a lot of people write it off because of the expense or, as they say in migraine groups, “I don’t want something on my head when I’m in pain.” I think they need to give it a try. I think people underestimate the effect it could have for them.

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.

New Trial Shows Cefaly is a Safe and Effective Preventive Treatment for Chronic Migraine

A new open-label trial, published by Birlea et al. in the peer-reviewed journal for the International Headache Society, Cephalalgia, concluded using the Cefaly medical device as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine headache is safe and effective.

A pilot trial (1), conducted at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, assessed 80 adult patients with a history of 15 or more headache days per month and meeting International Classification of Headache Disorder-3 beta(2) for chronic migraine. Of the 80 patients assessed, 73 were included in a baseline period and 58 entered the treatment period. Results analysis found headache days were reduced by an average of 3.12 days (16%) and acute medication intake decreased 30% (-8.11) during the third month of treatment, compared to the baseline. Patients were required to wear the Cefaly medical device at least once a day for 20 consecutive minutes. The results show an improvement in both: frequency of headache days and in overall acute medication intake when using the Cefaly medical device for 20-minutes daily. Also encouraging, Only 2 adverse effects were reported which could have been associated with use of the device, all of which were categorized as minor and fully reversible.

“We are continually excited by the positive findings in trials that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Cefaly,” said Dr. Mark Harman, US Medical Director with CEFALY Technology. “This means that patients with a history of persistent and debilitating headaches can benefit from our easy to use treatment, reduce their reliance on medication, and experience significantly less side effects.”

Birlea et al. results echo findings in the previous trials (PREMICE 3) that demonstrated the efficacy and safety of Cefaly for the prophylaxis of migraine attacks in episodic migraine in 2013 and RCT ACME 4 (ACute Migraine therapy with External trigeminal neurostimulation) randomized controlled trial) implemented at Yale and Columbia Universities and at the Rowe Neurology Institute in Kansas last year, which also demonstrated efficacy of the Cefaly medical device in treating migraine attacks compared to placebo.

“We now have a device with efficacy rivaling triptans, a standard of migraine treatment for acute migraine but without the risks and side effects commonly associated with drugs,” said Dr. Harman. “Some patients don’t want to take medication and others simply cannot tolerate it. These trial results give Cefaly devices legitimacy as an adjunctive, complete, or alternative option to physicians and patients, that is significant for the migraine treatment field.”

About Migraine and Chronic Migraine
Migraine is a prevalent neurological disease affecting 1 in 6 Americans. It is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, according to the American Migraine Foundation (5).  It’s estimated that 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. are affected by migraines and 1 billion worldwide. Many of these individuals are diagnosed with chronic migraine, characterized by 15 or more headache days per month for at least three months. In the US, approximately 10% of patients with migraine have chronic migraine and anti-migraine medication overuse is the major cause of migraine chronification (6)(7)

About CEFALY Technology
CEFALY Technology is a Belgium-based company, with US offices based in Wilton, Connecticut, specializing in electronics for medical applications. It has developed external cranial stimulation technology for applications in the field of neurology; in particular for treating migraines. For more information, visit https://www.cefaly.us. Find Cefaly on Twitter: @Cefaly and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CefalyEN.


1 Efficacy and safety of external trigeminal neurostimulation in the prevention of chronic migraine: An open-label trial. Birlea M, Penning S, Callahan K, Schoenen J. Cephalalgia. 2019 June 18. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515816319856625

2 Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache S. The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition (beta version). Cephalalgia. 2013; 33(9):629-808. https://ichd-3.org/

3 PREMICE: Migraine prevention with a supraorbital transcutaneous stimulator: a randomized controlled trial. Schoenen J, Vandersmissen B, Jeangette S, Herroelen L, Vandenheede M, Gérard P, Magis D. Neurology. 2013 Feb 19; 80(8):697-704.

4 Acute migraine therapy with external trigeminal neurostimulation (ACME): A randomized controlled trial. Cephalalgia. 2018 November 17: 0333102418811573.
SAGE. https://doi.org/10.1177/0333102418811573

5 Migraine facts. Migraine Research Foundation website. http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts. Accessed June 26, 2019.

6 Migraine prevalence, disease burden, and the need for preventive therapy. Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Diamond M, et al. Neurology. 2007; 68(5):343-349. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17261680

7 Assessing Barriers to Chronic Migraine Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Results From the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) Study. Dodick DW, Loder EW, Manack Adams A, et al. Headache. 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27143127

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4 Drug-Free Tips to Outsmart a Migraine this 4th of July

Free yourself from migraines this Independence Day with a little planning and non-invasive methods that won’t dampen your mood or impede upon your festivities

Cefaly® the first device of its kind to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches wants all migraineurs to enjoy a safe, and migraine-free, 4th of July.

“A terrible migraine can dampen any holiday,” says Dr. Mark Harman, US Medical Director with CEFALY Technology. “We’d like any fogginess this Independence Day to be from the fireworks, not a side effect from medication.” Dr. Harman has compiled a list of helpful suggestions so migraineurs can tackle a migraine this 4th of July.

Be sure to read your prescriptions’ warnings! Many migraine medications pose a serious health risk when mixed with alcohol – something to keep in mind on a holiday known for its free-flowing spirits and nitrate-heavy backyard barbecues, all of which tend to trigger migraines. And while the large crowds, flashing lights, and loud bangs are all part of the fun, be mindful as they can also be part of the stress.

“It’s tricky to offer definitive guidelines because migraines are so idiosyncratic; what works for one person’s migraine might aggravate another’s,” explains Dr. Harman. “The key is to understand your migraines, so that you can apply guidelines to fit your unique situation.”

Below Dr. Harman offers four helpful strategies for avoiding a migraine on this year’s celebration:

  1. Choose white wine (over red): “Red wine contains more histamine than white wine, which is hard for some people to easily metabolize. This can cause an enzyme insufficiency that can trigger a migraine,” says Dr. Harman. “Red wine also contains tannins, a textural element that creates the drying effect in the mouth. Tannins can boost serotonin, a chemical in the brain that is associated with feelings of happiness but can also trigger a migraine in some people.” Furthermore, the dryness can leave you feeling thirsty and if you quench your thirst with more wine, you end up dehydrated (another trigger for migraines). If you’re going to drink – be moderate. Use the Rule of Twos and limit your intake to two of any type of alcohol, and hydrate often. Dr. Harman also suggests watching what you eat. Barbequed meats, pickles, cheese, and processed foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) are common migraine triggers. If you know you’ll be tempted to snack on things that may be triggers for you, consider bringing your own migraine-friendly foods and keep your distance from the holiday spread.
  2. Back away from the meds: It’s one thing to take medications to help treat a migraine but it’s another to try to beat it to the punch. “Don’t load up on medications to try to avoid a migraine,” warned Dr. Harman. “It’ll only lead to a medication overuse headache.” Instead, plan well using these recommendations and wait to see if you get a migraine. Then, treat it as needed.
  3. Get consistent sleep: Sleep disturbances are widely reported among people who suffer from migraines. Try to get at least 6 hours sleep each night, Dr. Harman suggests. “Try to get uninterrupted, quality sleep, and keep it consistent; especially as the holiday nears. If you find your sleep patterns are consistently poor, see your doctor. You may have a sleep disorder that is exacerbating your migraines.
  4. Desensitize the trigeminal nerve: Current research tells us migraines stem from the part of the nervous system known as the trigeminal nerve. Several studies have also shown the FDA-approved device, Cefaly, can treat acute onset of migraines and help decrease the number of headaches migraineurs develop. This is done by sending tiny electrical impulses to the trigeminal nerve “resetting” the problem area. Clinical studies show using a Cefaly for 20-minutes a day can decrease the frequency of migraine attacks by as much as 54-percent. Equally important is it can also reduce medication intake by up to 75-percent, decreasing those bothersome side effects. Additionally, a 1-hour session with Cefaly reduced migraine pain for 85-percent of patients; and left 32-percent migraine-free.
    Loud noises, scents, and flashing lights are often thought to be triggers but they’re actually symptoms, Dr. Harman says. If you are finding them uncomfortable, it’s probable your migraine is already underway. “Try to find a work around: consider using earplugs, keep your distance from the grill, or wear tinted shades,” he recommends.
    So make some great memories this year and try to stay a step ahead of your migraines using these suggestions. If a migraine does develop, stabilize your environment and treat it as best you can.”
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Debbie: I feel improved with Cefaly

First Name: Debbie
Age: 58
Location: New York City
Years with Migraines: 50+
Occupation: Administrative assistant

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a child.

When do you usually get migraines?
I don’t eat foods with MSG because I know now that’s a trigger. If there’s a snowstorm, I’ll get a migraine. Sometimes if my eyes receive direct bright light, I can get a migraine too.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried acupuncture and another device that you use on your neck. I’ve tried a lot of preventative and rescue medicines, so far nothing has worked. I tried neurotoxin injections. I also tried one of the new CGRP-inhibitors, but nothing has worked.

What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like my head is bursting. It’s throbbing, immense pain, and it’s mostly in my forehead area.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor recommended it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I think the Cefaly works for me and it’s because that’s really where my migraine is… it’s on my forehead. I wouldn’t say that it cures my headaches but it is helpful. Usually after I’ve done the Cefaly, I feel improved. I feel good when I’m lying down and when the Cefaly is on. I get daily migraines and over the month I’d say 10 of those are really severe. When it’s really bad I just feel I need to lie down with the Cefaly for that head massaging sensation. What usually works, or often helps, is when I take a rescue medicine and lie down with the Cefaly for a good hour. Sometimes the headache will go away and sometimes it won’t but it brings me really good relief while I’m lying down.

What made you want to share your story?
I just want to help other people that are looking for something to help themselves.

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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Goodbye migraines!

First Name: Judy
Age: 80
Location: Scotts Point, NJ
Years with Migraines: 68
Occupation: Retired high school Spanish teacher

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines ever since I started to menstruate, so around the beginning of 6th grade.

When do you usually get migraines?
I don’t get them at all now – Cefaly cured them!

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried everything there was out. I did massages, acupuncture, chiropractic care, all of it… none of it worked.

What does your migraine feel like?
It used to hurt like crazy on the right side of my face. It would go around the back. I’d vomit. It was terrible. I’d have it for 2-days every time I menstruated. I had a hysterectomy in 1980 and then I just started to get them every day; I’d wake up with a morning. That continued until 4-years ago, when I tried Cefaly.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me about it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I tried Cefaly for a little over a year and it worked – no more migraines. I haven’t had one since! I don’t use it anymore. I used it about 4-years total and I don’t use it anymore.

What made you want to share your story?
I’ve told many people about Cefaly. Anyone thatI hear that has migraines because they’re terrible things. It got to the thing I’d go to the hospital and they thought I was a drug addict because I wanted something/anything to get rid of the migraine. I tried the Cefaly and now I’m a star patient.

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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