Donna: Cefaly has been life changing

First Name: Donna
Age: 65
Location: Boulder, CO
Years with Migraines: 20+
Occupation: Recently retired, volunteer, grandma!

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

When do you usually get migraines?
My migraines come anytime, day or night. My triggers are: weather changes, stress, sleep, allergies. I also have comorbid with hashimoto’s disease.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, beta blockers, triptans, and neurotoxin injections.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s an intense pain on the forehead and the top of the head. It often moves down into sinuses too.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
It was suggested by my endocrinologist; it was new to my neurologist.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
Cefaly cut my migraines by more than half (20-30 a month down to 8 or 9). I have had some migraine free months.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly has been life changing. The more success patients have, the more chance that insurance providers may provide coverage.

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Robert: Cefaly is a really good effective treatment

First Name: Robert
Age: 50
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 20
Occupation: computer work

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

When do you usually get migraines?
I haven’t really been able to identify any triggers. I get migraines at various times of day.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried a lot of different medications: anti-depressants, anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory drugs, a whole treasure chest of various medications and nothing has really worked as far as a preventive. Various triptans and the Cefaly seem to be the only things that have worked as an abortive option. I also tried neurotoxin injections but those didn’t any effect on my migraines.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s a very sharp pain in the base of my neck, I kind of equate it to an ice pick being shoved into my skull. It is often pounding as well.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist brought it up, just after it had obtained FDA approval. I started really early with the first device and that helped a lot. It probably cut my migraines in half; I used to get them almost daily. When I heard about the Dual device I got that as well. It works very well. If I have a migraine coming on 8 times out of 10 I’ll put the device on right away on the acute setting and it’ll get rid of it. If I already have a migraine it’ll get rid of the pounding and excruciating pain so I can still function.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s cut my migraines in half. I use Cefaly more as an abortive treatment now for pain mitigation but I will use the preventive too on days that I don’t have a migraine.

What made you want to share your story?
I want to let everyone know this is a really good effective treatment. It’s better than a lot of medications and devices. Cefaly has no side effects and is not invasive.

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

Oneida: Cefaly is a constant companion

First Name: Oneida
Age: 59
Location: Pacific Northwest
Years with Migraines: 30+ years
Occupation: claims processor

How long have you had migraines:
When my migraines were first diagnosed 30 years ago, I was surprised. I’d been having bad headaches on and off since I was child. They became worse into young adulthood, so I thought they were normal. Didn’t everyone have them?

When do you usually get migraines?
Pre-Cefaly, there were weeks or months a time when I’d have a migraine more than 50% of the time. I’d also get them because of a few triggers. Changes in the weather, exposure for extended periods of time to sunlight, glare, fluorescent light, loud noise, and many fragrances. Also, missing meals, not eating enough protein, eating dairy, or not sleeping well will trigger a migraine. Since I started using Cefaly about 4 years ago, I’m down to migraines twice a month!

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Ice caps, neck massages, ice cold foods/drinks that cause “brain freeze”, frequent small meals/snacks, dark sunglasses, anti-inflammatory and anti-migraine meds, chiefly Sumatriptan.

What does your migraine feel like?
They vary. Before Cefaly, what once felt like a large bomb constantly exploding in my head, managed to get worse. Joining these symptoms in more recent years was the sensation of a hundred tingling, electrical shocks in my scalp. There was also pressure from what felt like vices applying on either on either side of my face, added like my head was being squished. They have left me with some permanent side effects.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
It was on a news shows during a segment featuring two doctors who said it was FDA approved.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
When I started experiencing the results, I couldn’t believe it. Cefaly is a constant companion on trips away from home when I have to fly or need to travel by car 2-3 hours from home. I have the first version and last year bought the most recent one. I use one or the other every day. I’m using this as I’m writing this blog! It’s helped me keep my sanity. It hasn’t cured my migraines, but my occasional bouts are much less painful and lots shorter. However, I must use it daily or else I’m in trouble and pretty much disabled.

What made you want to share your story?
After I heard about Cefaly, I happened to go to a neurologist who was doing a study about the effects of daily use of Cefaly. In full disclosure I became a subject. I am invested in Cefaly and have been sharing my story with other migraine suffers to help replace desperation and misery with a sense of freedom.

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Amanda: Cefaly has been life changing

First Name: Amanda
Age: 43
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 15+
Occupation: Substitute Teacher

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for at least 15 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
I get migraines when I have any kind of pureed strawberries. I also get migraines with hormonal changes. Sometimes I get migraines when I have a bad stress headache with neck and shoulder tension.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before Cefaly I took sumatriptan. I was having migraines with up to two weeks of rebound headaches. Quite often I would consume Ibuprofen and an iced, caffeinated drink with my sumatriptan (I call that my trifecta.)

What does your migraine feel like?
My migraines feel like severe sinus pain over my left eye and, if bad enough, can include nausea and vomiting.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My primary care doctor told me about Cefaly and I ordered one almost immediately.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’ve been using Cefaly for several years. (I have the older model and my family calls it my face tiara.) Now I have maybe, two migraines a year. It has been life changing! I tell everyone I know who suffers from migraines about the success I’ve had with Cefaly. I even emailed one of my favorite podcast hosts about Cefaly, after hearing him talk about having migraines. It’s so nice not to lose so many days per month to migraines and headaches. I’m certain that I’ve saved money by having my Cefaly device rather than constantly refilling my migraine medicine prescriptions.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly has been life changing. Going from being a migraine sufferer to someone who rarely ever has a migraine felt unattainable before I started using Cefaly. My doctor was having me take medicine for migraine ‘maintenance’ but because I was having symptoms for over half of each month, that wasn’t even defined as ‘maintenance’. Finding something that works and isn’t a pill was even more exciting. I just can’t say enough about how great my experience has been since I began using Cefaly!

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Cefaly brings fast migraine relief to Carolyn

First Name: Carolyn
Age: 47
Location: Virginia
Years with Migraines: 35+
Occupation: currently unemployed

How long have you had migraines?
35+ years

When do you usually get migraines?
I have daily-chronic migraine.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Most of the oral preventatives with no success. I use a triptan for abortive treatment.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s horrible pain, sometimes with nausea, dizziness, aphasia, weakness, numbness, tingling, etc.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
Facebook

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I had the band Cefaly for a couple of years but unfortunately it didn’t help as a preventative for me. I currently have the magnetic unit which I use as an abortive treatment.

What made you want to share your story?
I tell anyone that suffers from migraines to try it. I really like the magnetic unit because I can increase the intensity sooner to get relief faster. I have not been able to try the CGRP or neurotoxin injections due to insurance and finances. I am so glad I have my Cefaly.

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,