Jennifer: Cefaly cut my migraines in half

First Name: Jennifer
Age: 49
Location: Portland, OR
Years with Migraines: 20+
Occupation: Attorney

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for at least over 20 years. I did not know they were migraines. In my family we have sick headaches where you throw up and we don’t get the aura so I didn’t know they were migraines. I remember being in high school and having a migraine – back when they were infrequent (what an unknown blessing that was).

When do you usually get migraines?
I’ve identified a lot of triggers, food (alcohol, onions, chocolate, etc.), barometric pressure change. A lot of times I’ll wake up with them too. There’s just not one trigger, there are too many things.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve tried a range of drugs – all the drugs really. I did biofeedback, physical therapy, and I did cranial sacral massage. I’ve also tried tens units, had various injections, and IVs.

What does your migraine feel like?
There’s a couple of different ones. There’s one that feels like a stabbing through the front of the head and one that’s like a horseshoe squeezing through the back of my head. Those are probably the two most common ones I get. Then there’s one where my head hurts so bad I can’t figure out where it started and I need something to knock me out and not be conscious as soon as possible. There was a time period when they were really bad that I couldn’t even talk about a migraine without getting one.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor recommended it (back in 2014).

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
In 2014 it cut my migraines in half. I can’t remember how often I was having them then. It probably wasn’t the worst it’s ever been but it was certainly one a week and probably more frequently than that; and without meds. Since then I’ve had another illness and I’m on another medication and I’ve added on neurotoxin injections for my migraines. I won’t stop Cefaly, I’m not willing to risk an increase in the migraines though.

What made you want to share your story?
It saved me. It cut my migraines in half without medication that made me feel foggy and not so smart. Suddenly there was this thing with no side effects. If there’s one other person who is in my boat and reads this and can use it, I hope that they do. I also hope they build up the intensity and don’t push through it all in one sitting at the beginning. Don’t be a hero! As migraineurs we have enough pain in our lives! Use it a little bit each day until you build up your comfort level. At first I couldn’t do a full session and I would read about people who would use Cefaly while reading and watching TV and I thought there’s no way, you must be kidding me, but now I put on my Cefaly and I read and I find it relaxing even. I would recommend people try it and that they really try it and go slow to build up to a full session. If in the end it’s really not for you, then send it back – there’s a 60-day money back guarantee. Who even gives you a guarantee like that anymore?

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Sarah: I love using my Cefaly

First Name: Sarah
Age: 60
Location: Oakland, CA
Years with Migraines: 41

How long have you had migraines?
I think I got my first migraine when I was 19 years old but at the time, I didn’t realize it was a migraine. I got bad headaches during my menstrual cycle and looking back, I think they were migraines. When my second child was a year old and I was in school, I started getting them before and after my menses. So I was getting them many times a month. This continued until right before menopause. Then when I was perimenopausal it was the absolute worst time. I was working full time as a nurse and getting 22 a month. I had already seen 5 neurologists and nothing was working. Then I started seeing someone who was the head of a headache clinic at a teaching hospital and things started getting better.

When do you usually get migraines?
I’m currently getting only a few a month with some of the same triggers I used to have: sleep disruptions, certain smells. But the absolute worst trigger for me remains fluorescent lights or very bright lights. I can still get a migraine in about two minutes with fluorescent lights.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
In the course of all my treatments, I tried several prophylactic medicines including: topiramate, amitriptyline, and neurotoxin injections. Thankfully, I don’t like narcotics so I never took those. I’ve taken sumatriptan for years.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I’ve been using Cefaly for a few years. I started with the Cefaly 1 and switched to the smaller Cefaly 2. I use the intense phase when I feel like I’m getting a migraine. It can usually prevent it if I feel one coming on. My 6th neurologist prescribed Cefaly for me a few years ago. I also take a very low does duloxetine.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I love using my Cefaly and it’s just part of my nighttime routine. I almost always fall asleep with it on.

What made you want to share your story?
I want to share my story because I know so many people who get migraines and they don’t know about Cefaly. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know who gets migraines.

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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In 1,305-days Constance has had 47 migraines

First Name: Constance
Age: 47
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Years with Migraines: 35
Occupation: Advocate for children with disabilities

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for about 35 years with a brief break of 2-years. Most of my migraines were hormonal and I had a hysterectomy so when I didn’t have the hormones anymore I got a break, but then I developed fibromyalgia so they came back with a vengeance; so it’s really been about 35 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
Initially they were hormonal but when they came back after the hysterectomy I could not identify a trigger. Occasionally there are things like altitude, stress, changes in weather, or heavy lifting that would trigger a migraine but there weren’t specific things I could identify that would trigger my migraines.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried different medications. I found one that worked fairly well (zolmitriptan) but there were definitely scary side effects. I tried massage therapy and chiropractic treatments as well.

What does your migraine feel like?
I have several different types of migraines. There’s one that feels almost like a cold spider web going through my head usually on one side and there’s a dull throbbing ache that’s very painful after. It depends on the side as well. If it’s on the right side it’s almost always that dull throbbing ache, that’s something I can stand for a while but eventually the pain takes over my life. If it’s on my left side it’s like an axe going through my head and it will knock me down — literally it’s made me fall down. I’ve had a lot of ocular migraines, like 80% and those have really affected me since part of my job is driving around and I can’t drive if I can’t see. I have all of the auras and they can last for 4-days before a migraine.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My local hospital sent out a newsletter saying a neurologist was going to be talking about Cefaly and I went to the presentation. He only talked about it for 15-seconds because it turned out he hadn’t actually seen one yet and I was intrigued by the idea and started doing some research. I’d been looking to find a way to get off the medications because my insurance would only give me nine pills a month and most of the drugs I was on or had been on were expensive and have side effects. At one point I was spending almost $300 a month on medication.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I use it once a day for 20-minutes, usually at night. I’ve been using it for 1,305-days and in that time I’ve had 47 migraines so that averages to about one migraine every 28 days. Before I’d have between 5 and 15 migraines a month. Most of those also involved a rebound which I didn’t even include in the count. I haven’t had any rebounds since I started using the Cefaly, even the times when I’ve taken rescue medication. Only two of all those have been ocular migraines.

What made you want to share your story?
I talk about my Cefaly all the time. It’s changed my life, it really has. I have a much better quality of life. I’m much more present. I’m much more effective at work. I no longer have those days where I can’t do anything because I’m in so much pain. Anytime I’m on Facebook and somebody says they have migraines I’m like “Hey have you tried this?” I know it might not work for everybody but I want them to try it, especially since it has a 60-day money back guarantee.

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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Judy: Cefaly gives you very quick relief

First Name: Judy
Age: 76
Location: Garnerville, NY and Longboat Key, FL
Years with Migraines: 46
Occupation: 5th grade teacher (retired)

How long have you had migraines?
They started 6-weeks after my second child was born I was 30 years old.

When do you usually get migraines?
At the beginning they were menstrual migraines then when I went through the change I was the happiest lady in the world but then it shifted. Sugar is a fairly bad migraine trigger for me. I don’t ever indulge in drinking alcohol of any type. They have eased off somewhat but I still have them. The weather and barometric pressure are also very big triggers. If the weather is bad the migraine will not leave unless I put my Cefaly on.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I tried different medications there was nothing else. I did go to a chiropractor and that did alleviate it somewhat but there was just nothing for most of the time I had migraines.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s 99.9-percent left-sided for whatever reason It feels like a hot poker going through my head, It’s not my whole head. It’s mostly over my eye. I get neurotoxin injections on the left side too because that’s where my migraines live. It’s a concentrated and sharp. It isn’t spread out it’s localized. It isn’t throbbing but I put my Cefaly on as soon as possible so maybe I’m cutting it off before it gets there.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist told me that another neurologist in the office had bought it and was saying that I should try it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I’ve been using it since the FDA approved it. I save my device for the bad weather days so I can walk around the house and keep me out of bed. I put it on my head and keep on going. I like that Cefaly is not a drug. It gives you very quick relief. It takes 20-minutes for the cycles I use it on and if I put it on at night it helps me go to sleep. It makes me feel better and it relaxes me and it definitely helps the migraine. It’s excellent.

What made you want to share your story?
Having been a teacher, I like to help and explain things to others. I want to let people know there’s something besides medication and there’s something that can help them despite the debilitating headache that affects more of the body than just the head.  It comes with nausea, having to avoid bright lights and strong sounds.  It is a lonely, terrible experience that only other migraineurs can understand. I want people to know that there is other help out there besides just taking a tremendous amount of medication in an attempt to abort the pain.”

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Arden: I’ve gained a day back!

First Name: Arden
Age: 74
Location: Saugerties, New York
Years with Migraines: 60 (but migraine free during four pregnancies)
Occupation: church and family work 

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since I was about 11 or 12 years ago.

When do you usually get migraines?
Now I’m not getting any but previously triggers were not eating, irregular sleep patterns, stress, bright sunlight, excessive heat, and maybe some foods triggers but I could never really identify those; though alcohol was often a trigger.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Before I started seeing a specialist I was just taking over the counter anti-inflammatories. After that I started taking triptans to get rid of a migraine and an anti-depressant as a preventive. Much later a neurologist put me on topiramate as a preventive but I’m being weaned off of that now that my migraines have been non-existent. My neurologist might take me off the anti-depressant too; we’ll see how it goes. I really tried all sorts of things, not “just” anti-inflammatories. Cannot even remember all the weird things I tried! I was grabbing at straws to get out of misery! . I also previously tried a variety of diets and non-scientific remedies.

What does your migraine feel like?
It would feel like a lot of pressure and like something has switched on in my head. I can tell something is happening. The pain would just get worse and like my whole system was breaking down – my thought process, my emotions. That would be the beginning and it would progressively get worse.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist suggested I try that.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I started in January of this year (2018). I didn’t do it gradually, I just jumped into the full session and when it got to its highest point it was severe and not pleasant but I just did it. I didn’t notice any changes for a long time.. Sometimes at the intense part I would fall asleep take a little nap. I just kept doing it and I guess the accumulation of all the things I’d been doing I had a great miracle. I stopped getting migraine headaches every week. They used to be pretty regular, every week I’d have to take some of the heavier medications and I could count on losing a day. Now I’ve gained a day back and a lot of focus and energy. It’s a gift. Now I have to make sure I use that time wisely and well. I’m hoping it’s not a roller coaster and that instead it’s all uphill because I feel so well. My life has become livable again. I am not in fear of an attack every week. I thank God first for all the technology available, the doctors and loyal friends who have helped me move away from the migraine darkness. It’s kind of a miracle to me.

What made you want to share your story?
It’s a good story! There’s so much bad news around it’s a good news story for a change. I want to acknowledge the Divine because all good things come from that source and it trickles down to the doctors and the Cefaly and I think it’s a good thing. I think it should be known that there is hope and good things happen and it’s not all hopelessness.

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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