Mandy: Cefaly provided immediate relief

First Name: Mandy
Age: 47
Location: Long Beach, CA
Years with Migraines: 1
Occupation: Teacher 

How long have you had migraines?
The migraines started about a year ago.

When do you usually get migraines?
Alcohol is a definite trigger, so I cut out all alcohol. I cut out caffeine too and reduced my chocolate consumption. I am super sensitive to certain types of perfumes.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I was on topiramate for a while. At one point I was in the hospital because I couldn’t get rid of the headache and was given divalproex sodium for 2-3 weeks afterward. I’ve also tried ice packs. My doctor gave me a medication that I use for acute migraine that’s composed of acetaminophen, caffeine, and butalbital but I find it to be a downer and don’t like to take it unless I really need to. I tried acupuncture but that didn’t work, it made it worse. I’m currently trying different supplements and vitamins.

What does your migraine feel like?
Sometimes I have an aura but lately there hasn’t been an aura. It usually feels like a lot of pressure and it’s all over my head. I don’t vomit or anything and my migraines are never so bad that I can’t leave the house. Still, they are bad enough where they can be debilitating. When I have a migraine, I still go to work but it’s hard to work when you’re not feeling 100 percent.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
My Cefaly is the Dual that has two settings. It’s great. If I feel a migraine coming on I’ll use it and it’s very relaxing. It helps to stop the migraine too. Mostly I use it on the prevent setting as a preventive measure at night and I can usually sleep through something if it comes. I like that I can use it as a substitute for the acute medication. I think Cefaly is a fantastic device. I used to get 25 migraines a month and now I’m down to one in the last 8 weeks. For me Cefaly provided immediate relief. It just worked right away.

What made you want to share your story?
There are so many people that suffer in silence and I was just at the tip of the iceberg looking into alternative stuff. Cefaly is fantastic. I love that it’s not going to mess with your body. To know there’s this electronic device that can help, that’s not a drug, that’s not potentially damaging your liver, is terrific.

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Matthew: Cefaly has “drastically reduced” my migraine days

First Name: Matthew
Age: 42
Location: New York, NY
Years with Migraines: 20
Occupation: Documentary Film Editor

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 20 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
There is no particular time when I get migraines, I just seem to get them randomly.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Pre-Cefaly I tried over the counter medications.

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines are accompanied by vertigo, extreme fatigue, depression, cravings (for sweets), unbearable headaches, and difficulty focusing/vision disturbances.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I heard about Cefaly from my neurologist who specialized in migraines.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly has drastically reduced the number and duration of migraines I get. I used to get them almost monthly and they could last up to a week. I now get them once every several months and, if treated with sumatriptan, they last for only a couple of days.

What made you want to share your story?
I wanted to share my story because Cefaly has changed the quality of my life and I hope it can do the same for others.

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.

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John: Cefaly lowers my pain

First Name: John
Age: 58
Location: Denver, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 9
Occupation: Investor

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since Sept 14th, 2009. I was riding my bike and a car pulled up in front of me; within 2-hours I started having pain right between my eyebrows. I was diagnosed with a migraine that I developed perhaps because of the accident.

When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t really been able to identify any triggers but it gets worse the longer I am upright and as the day progresses. Recently my doctor said to see an ear, nose and throat doctor and he diagnosed me with a skull fracture. I had surgery, through my nose. It’s still extremely painful. I continue to use my Cefaly to help with the pain.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I started using Cefaly and neurotoxin injections in 2014. Before that I tried nerve blocks and all kinds of medications and nothing seemed to work. Since I started using Cefaly and getting neurotoxin injections, I’ve gone down in medication from 75-80 mg daily of an opioid drug to 20 mg. A friend of mine wanted to try my Cefaly, I packed it up for him to take but when he hadn’t come to get it, in a few days, I had to get it out and use it. I can tell a difference when I don’t use it. I use Cefaly twice a day: once at noon and before I go to bed.

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines live between my eyebrows and when they get worse they go into my cheek and down into my teeth. These days my migraines feel more like a dull pain, like pressure; it’s like after the hammer has hit you as opposed to a sharp being hit pain.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
In 2014 I went to a neurology clinic and learned of it there. I was told to start using neurotoxin injections and Cefaly.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I think it’s pretty good. I take less medication because of it and if I don’t have the Cefaly for a while I can tell the headaches are much worse. Whatever it is, it seems to work for me. I’ve tried a gazillion things. Cefaly lowers my pain, which allows me a better quality of life, which allows me to do more. When you’re sitting around in pain and feel like someone’s hit you with a hammer in the face, you don’t feel like doing anything and you’re not in a great mood. I was always walking around in such horrible pain. I was basically being tortured by my body. Cefaly gives me a better quality of life.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly helped me and maybe it might help others that suffer. I like the idea you can try it (for 60-days) and if it doesn’t work you can send it back. That’s why I ended up telling my friend to get one. I was going to lend him mine but after I stopped using it I realized he should get his own.

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Aulston relies on Cefaly for migraine relief

First Name: Aulston
Age: 40
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Years with Migraines: 20
Occupation: CPA 

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for about as long as I can remember. I don’t have a specific time frame when they started but I remember getting headaches as a kid. When I started getting older, probably in my 20s, I started getting auras.

When do you usually get migraines?
The only thing I know for sure that triggers my migraines is caffeine.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s usually in the front part of my head. I’ll initially get the aura, I’ll start to lose my vision and as that subsides the headache will onset slowly. Sometimes it’s really painful but other times there’s no pain at all. If there is pain it is in the front of my head around where you’d usually attach the device. I hate the aura so much. It just feels like something is wrong with you and it scares me every time, even though I know what it is.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I learned about it while doing research.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
This device seems to really be working; it may just be a coincidence but I just don’t get them that often anymore. Before Cefaly it seemed like I was getting them six to 12 times a year. This device I’d probably use it if I didn’t get migraines it’s like getting a deep tissue massage in your head. It just makes my head feel good. Over the past couple of years I’ve only had three or four migraines total. I’ve been using Cefaly about 3-years.

What made you want to share your story?
I just thought I’d put the information out there for other people who have migraines. The Cefaly has been helpful and migraines are a bad issue. It’s definitely something that when you get one, you can get pretty incapacitated.

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Cefaly offers distraction from migraine pain

First Name: Rhonda
Age: 56
Location: CA
Years with Migraines: since 8/2010
Occupation: retired homemaker, RN, BSN, JD

How long have you had migraines? 
Migraines started the day after a fall from a segway in August 2010. The first year or two the migraines were solely of the ophthalmological type. They occurred the minute I awoke each morning around 4:30-5 am and lasted for a few hours. I was occasionally dizzy, rarely nauseated, but had extreme visual auras for the duration.  By mid-June 2014, the migraines were significantly worse.  I had tinnitus; severe nausea; a “trickling” and visceral pain diffusely through my entire skull; muscle tightness/spasms in arms, back and legs; photophobia; phono phobia; anxiety; occasional inability to speak and/or to find the correct words, much like stroke symptoms.

When do you usually get migraines?
Typically I just awake with the migraine in full force. I rarely have triggers as I avoid the only known trigger of artificial food color dyes.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
SSRIs, vitamins and supplements, neurotoxin injections, beta blockers, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, MBSR, meditation and myofascial release therapy.

What does your migraine feel like?
Typically my migraines involve constant aura, nausea, intermittent to consistent dizziness, the trickling/visceral feeling in my head, GI issues. Occasionally have whole body muscle tension/tremor, forget or unable to access words.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
Consulting psychiatrist

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I started with the “old” style tiara-like Cefaly. It was not really marketed to those w/ chronic migraine, but we decided it could not hurt to try.  I used (and still do) it twice a day for the duration of the pre-set cycle.  It never apparently prevented, or even stopped, a migraine.  It never apparently reduced the duration or frequency.  Since 2014, I have had migraines every day, beginning as described above.  Most days, the migraines back way off by mid-morning, and return around 4:30-5 pm.  The Cefaly, both the wonderful new tiny version, and the old, had the best effect for me in terms of either decreasing my nausea or making me less aware of my nausea.  It helped me eat.  There is no way to separate all the different medications and therapies into neat slices of how much/what they do for me.  I do  know the Cefaly helps ME combat nausea and/or the effects of nausea.  There is no way to prove or disprove that it does not in some way reduce my migraines in terms of severity, frequency, and duration.  As with most migraine sufferers, if we think that something is helping, we are NOT going to stop taking it, using it, doing it.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly gives me definite relief/distraction from nausea and that is the most difficult symptom to ignore/power through.

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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