This post has been sponsored by Cefaly. All opinions are strictly my own.
I used to get debilitating migraines
They got so bad that they really interrupted my day-to-day life. I was young and couldn’t understand what it was that was bringing them on. I ended up at a neurologist’s office, went on medication for those horrible days, and went on my way. When I had my son, my hormones changed and so did my headaches. I was pretty much migraine free for about 30 years….and then…
I started having ocular migraines
At first, I thought it was just a result of being on the computer or my phone working for so long. But, I would get those zig-zags across my line of sight, loss of peripheral vision, sick stomach, etc. even when I wasn’t working. I had been living with them for the past 5 years and while they didn’t occur as often as my old migraines did, they always seemed to come on at the most inopportune time.
Read that last sentence
I used the word “HAD.” I have been using a device for the past almost month and in that time I HAVEN’T HAD AN OCULAR MIGRAINE. Is it a coincidence? I doubt it. Over the years I have used devices to control my pain with great success, but this is the first time I’ve used a device to PREVENT a medical occurrence.
Did you know that migraines affect
- 1 in 5 women
- 1 in 16 men
- 1 in 11 children
What it feels like to have a migraine
Now that I have ocular (AKA retinal) migraines, I know that everyone experiences them a little differently.
Full-blown migraine headaches
- throbbing pain (usually on one side of your head)
- sensitivity to light
- sensitivity to sound
- feeling nauseous
Retinal or Ocular Migraines
- flashing, zigzag or bright lights in one eye (although I’ve had them in both)
- partial temporary blindness
- feeling of nausea
Migraines can last as short as 3 or 4 hours or go on for days. Having had them, I can tell you that any time is too long.
Cefaly for Migraines
Migraines come from the trigeminal nerve in our cranium, so by sending electrical impulses to that nerve during a migraine (or as a preventative to reduce the frequency of them), it lessens the intensity and length of time that you actually HAVE a migraine.
That’s right prevent AND treat
Cefaly offers two treatment settings:
- 60-Minute ACUTE Treatment – Use at the onset of a migraine attack to stop or reduce migraine pain.
- 20-Minute PREVENT Treatment – Daily preventative treatment sessions can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine symptoms.
Cefaly is clinically proven, FDA-cleared, doctor recommended, and available OTC with no prescription required!
Like other TNS units, it uses electrodes, so while you only purchase ONE device, you do need to make sure that you have a supply of fresh electrodes to use. As someone who uses a full body e-TNS for back pain that takes electrodes, I know the importance of having them on hand for when you need them, so I order in bulk. Note that they DO offer hypoallergenic electrodes for those with sensitive skin or allergies to acrylates.
Has it worked?
Well, it’s been a month and I’ve been using it as a preventative and have not yet had a migraine. So, even if it is mitigating the number of migraines that I have, it’s worth every penny. I hate taking prescription medication, mostly because while it may help one problem, I always end up with another (usually stomach issues) as a result.
If you suffer from ANY type of migraine headache it is worth trying. They offer a 90-day satisfaction guarantee and you will absolutely know if it works during that time period.
- Priced at $330.65 for the device, charging dock, and 3 reusable electrodes
- Electrodes in 3-packs from $25 ($33 for the hypoallergenic ones)
Visit Cefaly.com for more
Use Code: CEFALY15 for 15% off through August 7, 2022