First Name: Megan
Age: 43
Location: Minnesota
Years with headaches: since 2011
Occupation: Manager

How long have you had headaches? Since auto accident 2011

When do you usually get headaches? Daily

What have you tried pre-Cefaly? I’ve tried biofeedback, physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, many prescription medication, massage, acupuncture

What does your headache feel like? It feels like pressure in the top hemisphere of my head

How did you hear about Cefaly? Through my neurologist.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly is a great tool in my headache toolbox. I use it daily for for preventive in the morning as well as abortive if I get a headache. Often, Cefaly will take the headache away for a good amount of time.

What made you want to share your story?
I think Cefaly is a great product and I want to make other headache sufferers aware of it.

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First Name: Renea
Age: 48
Location: Portland, Oregon
Years with Migraines: 10
Occupation: former filing clerk

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines about 10 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t really identified any triggers but changes in weather and lighting sometimes bother me.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried every medication under the sun. I started acupuncture but I haven’t been to my acupuncturist for a year. I do feel acupuncture is helpful. I also tried neurotoxin injections and that helped for a while but then I stopped working.

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines feel like a lot of pressure and pounding and bad.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist recommended the Cefaly device to me.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been helping pretty well. I think I’ve had it more than a couple of years. I use it sometimes preventively but I tend to use it more often once I have a migraine. I find it drops the pain level. If I used it every day, as I feel I should, it would probably help even more.

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First Name: Marcella
Age: 54
Location: Palmetto, FL
Years with Migraines: 50+
Occupation: Author

How long have you had migraines?
Migraine runs in the family. Dad had them. Mine started when I was a child.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have a vast long list of triggers: cheese, peanuts, wine, any alcohol… the triggers have shifted with age and situation; but food triggers my migraines absolutely. Noise is a trigger, allergies, and scent is a huge one for me. Light fortunately is not. When I didn’t know my food triggers, light was an issue, but since I’ve managed to get most of the food triggers under control I haven’t had another issue with light. Weather can also be a trigger.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I jumped through all kinds of hoops – multiple drug treatments, biofeedback, keeping a headache diary, trying to narrow down all of my triggers, neurotoxin injections, many different classes of medications. None of the preventatives to-date have worked, including the new CGRP-inhibitors.

What does your migraine feel like?
When it’s one of the worst ones, I am only semi-conscious. It’s crushing, I guess. It changes it stripes, it is a tiger that changes its stripes. The general day-to-day migraines are sharp and one sided, those feel like an ice pick but when we talk about the worst ones, the ones that send me to the emergency room, those are crushing. That feels like something is standing on my skull. Those are the ones that end with me on the floor. Fortunately those are few and far between.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
Right after it was FDA approved there were articles that came out in newspapers and everyone who knows me forwarded me those articles. I took it to my primary care doctor who wrote me a prescription.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
You’ll have to pry my Cefaly out of my cold dead hands because once I have a migraine and have my Cefaly on, it drastically reduces the level of my migraine pain. The Cefaly still is one of my go-to options.

What made you want to share your story?
The fact that the device really is extraordinarily useful to me. The fact that I can put the Cefely on in the midst of a pretty bad migraine and still function and be a reasonable human being, mostly. I might look a little weird but that’s pretty magical.

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First Name: Sara
Age: 54
Location: Tampa, FL
Years with Migraines: 35
Occupation: Director of Patient Services (Nurse)

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager but my migraines are better now. I am in menopause and I have a daith ear piercing, both of which I believe have been helpful.

When do you usually get migraines?
Previously I had migraines with my periods. I still have migraines with changes in the weather. I also get migraines if I get really cold. I previously got migraines when I would fly.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried IV therapy and was up to 200 mg of topiramate a day. The side effects of the topiramate was too much for me and the IV therapy was not only painful but difficult for my lifestyle. I also used heat therapy during a migraine. The only dietary trigger that I have found is red wine and I avoid it. I do take neurotoxin injections as a preventive and started that about 2 years ago.

What does your migraine feel like?
It feels like a tight band around my head with throbbing pain. I also have visual changes and vomiting.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I first saw the Cefaly on Good Morning America.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I have had Cefaly for 3 years and I love it. I truly believe the Cefaly has reduced the number of my migraine days and the pain level.

What made you want to share your story?
No one should suffer with chronic pain. Before seeking treatment with a neurologist for my migraines, I would have more than 20 days a month with a migraine and spend several days a month in bed. With preventive treatment, the Cefaly, and my ear piercing, I have three to four migraine days a month and the migraines resolve within hours. The treatments have made a difference in my lifestyle.

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First Name: Mary
Age: 59
Location: Wheaton, Maryland
Years with Migraines: 25+
Occupation: Nurse

How long have you had migraines?
More than 25-years.

When do you usually get migraines?
Previously I would have a headache every day, all day. The pain level ranged between a 5 and a ten rating on a pain scale of 0-10. Since I started taking one of the new CGRP-inhibitors and I was free and clear for 5-months but the last couple of weeks they’ve been coming back. I’ve been weaning off my medication so I don’t know if I’m tapering it down too quickly. I think if the pollen is bad, that seems to be a trigger. My migraines are always frontal. Lack of sleep stress, the weather, also contribute to my migraines.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried different medications, neurotoxin injections, CGRP-inhibitors, trigger-point injections in my neck and shoulders, massage, minerals/herbs, and exercise.

What does your migraine feel like?
When it’s bad it’s like a stabbing knife. Now with them coming back it’s more like a dull ache. I’ve never had that aura that other people get.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been very good. I’ve had it for about 5-years. I find it extremely effective. Recently when I’ve had the headaches in the morning it’s extremely useful and often makes my migraine go away. Sometimes I use it six or seven times in a row.

What made you want to share your story?
I think being in the medical field and working at a teaching hospital I think it’s good to help people with their research. Also, I found it to be a very effective treatment. It’s been a lifesaver.

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