Harlan experiences less migraine pressure with Cefaly

First Name: Harlan
Age: 67
Location: Cheney, Washington
Years with Migraines: 10
Occupation: Executive Director of a non-profit

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines for 10 years. As far as what started them we don’t really know but there was a moment, we call it “the incident” when my blood pressure went way up and I had a little vision issue. They never found the cause of that but after that I started having migraines every day and now they happen all day long.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have migraines every day, all day long – they never completely go away. I’m not sensitive to light or that sort of thing, as some migraines are. My migraines are just constant pressure, it’s kind of band that goes around my head, like a vice kind of feeling. If I don’t sleep enough it can certainly makes things worse.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I immediately started going to a neurologist after they started. We went through the typical medications, there were four or five of them that the doctor tried and some of them I couldn’t tolerate. They made me really groggy or I didn’t feel good using them. We narrowed them down to the couple that I take now at night. I take two preventives (gabapentin and a tricyclic antidepressant) and one rescue medication (quetiapine). I’m also on neurotoxin injections and those help but the biggest difference has been the Cefaly.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s a band around the top of my head and it’s just pressure. It’s a very odd feeling. It’s not like necessarily pain. It’s just hard to deal with, especially when it was really really bad. The medications did help a little bit but the Cefaly did the biggest thing. It’s made the biggest difference. I’ve had my Cefaly since 2016.

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

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I have the first generation Cefaly that rests on your ears and I let it go the full 20-minutes. It was a little intense at first but I got used to it. It feels so good. Sometimes I’ll just do two sessions, I’ll just press it again. I love the way it feels now. If I have strong pressure I’ll also do it again. Normally I do it just once a night before I go to bed. It works great. Before Cefaly my pressure was an eight and now daily it’s like a two.

What made you want to share your story?
After all those years finding something that really did seem to have an impact and a big impact was really something. While the neurotoxin injections did help and the medications did help the biggest relief I had was when I started using the Cefaly. Migraines are different in different people and it doesn’t seem anyone has a cure for them but finding the Cefaly has made such a big difference. Whenever anyone tells me they have migraines I tell them to try Cefaly. It made such a big difference to me and people with migraines need to know it’s there. I love Cefaly. It’s the best thing to come along for 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.

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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Cefaly helps Alexandria manage her migraines

First Name: Alexandria
Age: 23
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Years with Migraines: 7
Occupation:  Master’s student

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had them since high school, so about 7 years.

When do you usually get migraines?
I used to have one non-stop migraine but for the most part it’s reduced to there are definite triggers. Eating too many carbs in one day can be a trigger, as well as some loud noises (concert), and cigarette smoke is a big one. Hormones are a trigger too.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
We tried a lot of different things. My family and I had tried pills and mainly the neurologist nothing seemed to work. We tried some supplements. We tried neurotoxin injections, I’m still on it and it works quite well. I also started birth control shots to regular my hormones after Cefaly though just Cefaly alone works quite well, we were just trying to nip it in the bud. (I say we because I was underage at the time my migraines started and my family was very involved in my treatment options.)

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s really hard to describe. It’s just kind of this ache. The doctors would always ask me if it was sharp or dull but I was never able to pinpoint. It was this feeling of intense pain that I couldn’t describe and it was always right in the middle of my forehead.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I remember it was in 2014 and I was on Tumblr and on this blogging platform there’s a community of chronic pain and I didn’t have an account but I started reading and I saw a post about the Cefaly and I thought this could really help. I did more research and by January of February 2015 I started using it.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s been very good. The newer one is smaller and easier to carry around. I have the original headband one too. I normally use it late at night and it’s kind of a way to signal to my brain that I should be going to sleep soon. I mainly use the preventive setting but sometimes I use the acute setting that’s about an hour. The hour-long setting is intense and I can’t always do the full hour. I really think it’s lessened the intensity of migraines and their frequency as well. I find with the “emergency setting” when I have a bad headache lots of times it really helps with that. I used to have migraines every day before Cefaly and now sometimes I have really tiny ones but the full blown ones I only have them once every couple of weeks or once a month if I’m really lucky. So I only have one to three a month compared to every day before. Sometimes there are those tiny ones, which would lift the number a bit but I can work through them and it’s my way of tuning them out. I’m a Master’s student and if I have homework and focus on my homework I can make them go away.

What made you want to share your story?
Just the fact that you’re putting my story on a blog or Internet source I feel someone can have the same experience I did but this time it would come from a legitimate professional source and not just any social media source that could have any level of accuracy.

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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Erica loves how Cefaly helps her migraines

First Name: Erica
Age: 40
Location: NYC
Years with Migraines: 30+
Occupation: Architect

How long have you had migraines?
30+ years/ a couple of days at a time

When do you usually get migraines?
Randomly, at least 3x per month.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Acupuncture, preventative medicine, massage – once per week, ice packs, hot compress, and all over-the-counter migraine medicines.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s a very strong/dull pain on the top of my neck/base of my skull that irradiates to the temples/eyes.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My neurologist/head specialist prescribed it (I was nursing my first kid and did not want to take medicines).

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
It’s a little annoying to remember to use it everyday, but love it so much that I have just upgraded to the newest version (with acute mode setting).

What made you want to share your story?
If I can help anyone get rid (or drastically lower intensity and occurrence) of their migraines I will!

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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Tim: Cefaly device has been successful

Age: 68
Location: Chicago, IL
Years with Migraines: 18
Occupation: Sales/Admin
How long have you had migraines? 18 years

When do you usually get migraines?
Early on I would get migraines at all hours of the day and night and almost every day. Now, through medical assistance, medication (including Cefaly), and trial and error, I mostly get headache pain between 2am and 5am several times a week.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
There is very little that I have not tried. I was under the care of a neurologist for more than several years. I was also hospitalized twice under his care. He told me that I had tried every “conventional” migraine treatment that he could prescribe. I was religious in taking each medication prescribed, starting at a low dosage and all the way up to the maximum dosage he prescribed. He told me that I had an unusually high threshold for taking the medicine he prescribed. During our last meeting he said that the one last treatment that he could prescribe was lithium but he was reluctant to write me a prescription. At this point he basically terminated his treatment of me.

I should say that I respond very well to sumatriptan and have from the very start. My goal in using the Cefaly is to find preventive help on a more permanent basis.

What does your migraine feel like?
I get a sharp pain just over and behind my right eye; my headaches consist of the same pain every time. My more recent headaches now feel more like tension headaches that extend across my eyebrows.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I am the recipient of much migraine prevention correspondence from my network of friends. One of my friends in Florida, who has been especially helpful, read about Cefaly and informed me.

What is your Cefaly experience like?
I am a long-time Cefaly user. I have been using the original Cefaly for at least 4-5 years. I usually sit through two consecutive sessions of 20 minutes each.  Most of my use has been for preventative purposes and therefore I press the switch twice during pain-free periods. On the occasions that I am experiencing pain I press the switch once and I do feel that my use of the Cefaly device has been successful when I am experiencing active pain.
It’s hard for me to determine how the Cefaly has helped me in a preventative sense. Even though I am a long-time user I still get a pretty good buzz feeling during and for a short time after use. I did stop using the Cefaly for a several month period in the last 9 months or so as my headaches seemed to subside. However just before Christmas 2018 I decided to get back to the treatments and now I use the device almost every day.

I am a big believer that migraine pain is somehow related to agitated nerves. Cefaly is a great way to stimulate and calm down those agitated nerves.

What made you want to share your story?
Unfortunately migraines have become a huge part of my life for a long time. I don’t think that anybody should suffer from migraines and this is my attempt to help in any way that I can.

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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Lynn: the Cefaly works

First Name: Lynn
Age: 61
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Years with Migraines:
Occupation: Teacher

 How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines my whole life. I’ve had them since I was 8. I fell on my chin. I had my arms zipped up in my coat and got pushed on the playground. That’s the one incident I remember that started the headaches.

When do you usually get migraines?
Weather is a trigger for me. There are some foods that I have to avoid (dairy, a lot of chocolate at once, bacon, sausage, etc.) I’ve gone through menopause so hormonal changes aren’t a problem any more. Different scents (perfumes or strong odors) can set off a headache that turns into a migraine.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
Everything! Since I’ve had migraines for so long I’ve tried every drug that there is. I’ve also done acupuncture and that actually worked for me for a while. I tried neurotoxin injections – that worked too but I had to keep going back for it to continue to work every 2 or 3 months and my insurance wasn’t paying for it. It wasn’t worth it for me to pay out of pocket because it wasn’t lasting long enough. I’ve also done biofeedback and that didn’t work for me. I get massages every three weeks and my insurance pays for that. That helps to relax my neck muscles and has made a big difference in my general well being. I’ve also tried chiropractic care. I still wear a Denpax patch. I’m also on a new CGRP-inhibitor that I inject myself with once a month.

What does your migraine feel like?
About 90% of the time it’s on the left side of my head and it’s like a tight band stomping on my head. Sometimes it’s like there’s a nail pounding inside my head and it’s always just right in that spot.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
I read about Cefaly online and it was when it first came out in Canada. It wasn’t available in the U.S. yet.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
To begin with it was just OK. I never had the one with the big band, I had the smaller magnetic one. It seemed to help my headaches so I just continued using it. It never took my migraines away but I liked the fact that it made a difference with my headaches so I used it all the time. When I got offered to turn that one in and get the DUAL one, I jumped at the chance to do that and I have only used the hour-long setting and I only do that when I have a migraine. Every time it has taken my migraine away. I am just amazed. That’s the thing that is now so wonderful about this device. The 20-minute one made my head feel OK but the hour-long acute setting when it stops and my head is tingling my headache is gone. The first time that happened I was laying on my bed thinking “Oh my gosh, I don’t believe this.” It was a really wonderful thing to have that realization. I go to a pain center and that’s where I got the prescription. I told my doctor there how wonderful it was and you have to prescribe this to people. I’m just amazed it’s worked every single time.

What made you want to share your story?
I want people to know that it works. I’ve read other people’s stories about things working and I think: “Really is that a real person?” I want other people to know what my story is too. What’s so different about this for me is that this works so well for me is just amazing. I don’t know if it’s that I’m also using these drugs as well; I don’t care. The Cefaly works and I want people to know that. I’m always telling people about it.

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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