Using Cefaly for Migraines

Although hypnotherapy helped my thinking and outlook, it didn’t make a dent in my chronic daily headache.  Living with migraines has been worse and worse lately so my doctor prescribed Cefaly for migraines which is basically a TENS unit specifically for the head to reduce migraine frequency and severity.  The unit was FDA approved in the last year or so but sadly isn’t covered by most insurances at this point.  You need a prescription and have to order it online from http://www.cefaly.us

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I was looking forward to trying it because I feel as though I have tried everything else under the sun at this point with no relief.  On the day it arrived, I eagerly read the quick start up instructions and started my treatment.

The key is consistency so you have to use Cefaly everyday for 20 minutes a day.  I’ve been using it in the mornings after the kids get on the bus and before work.

I have to say that I find it painful even now when I have been using it for 20 days.  At this point, my chronic migraines are not gone but there is definitely improvement.  I have more time in each day without head pain.  I am still having pain most days and having to take abortive or rescue medication more than I would like, but having time in my day where my head doesn’t hurt is wonderful.

I am used to having some level of pain virtually all the time.  I wake with pain and it fluctuates in severity throughout the day.  Now I actually have days where I wake with no pain and days where I don’t need to take anything for pain!

It did not happen overnight.  I had hoped I would get even more relief in just a few days but it took at least week to see improvement and at 20 days I am still hoping for further improvement.

For anyone who suffers from chronic daily headache and migraines, I think Cefaly is worth a shot.  They do have a return policy so if you don’t have any improvement you can return it within 60 days.  I would suggest going for at least a month before deciding if it is helping enough.  I think for some of us, it takes a while to kick in.

Working on my Migraines

It’s been a rough few months for the old noggin.  In order to be able to function I must admit I’ve been taking to many abortive and rescue meds for my migraines.  With my neurologist we’ve been trying various preventatives without success.

I’ve been using a CPAP machine to treat mild apnea and help my headaches without success.

Been seeing a chiropractor for a couple of years now without impact on my headaches.

Tried preventatives like Candesartan and Gabapentin which had side effects that I couldn’t handle.

I’ve been taking Melatonin at night for several months and that first week I had 4 blissful days without head pain but then it settled back into the status quo.

So after my last appointment my doctor had me use Prednisone for 8 days and stop taking all abortive and rescue meds.  IT SUCKED.  But I did get through it.  Sleeping a lot and basically doing nothing but deal with the pain.

But then after that I had to get back to being functional and taking medication to get through the days.

So I decided to try something I hadn’t before.  I went to two sessions of hypnotherapy.  It was really interesting.

I’m pretty open to it because I’ve felt for a long time that my mind and body were out of sync.  Like my body turned on me.  And the therapist talked about the conscious vs subconscious mind and how difficult it is to change the habits of the subconscious mind. So I was ready to let her shove all kinds of positive messages down into that subconscious negative Nancy of mine.

I can definitely notice a difference in my thinking.  I’m much more able to redirect my negative thinking and I do feel more capable than before.  No impact on my pain yet but because of the vicious cycle of anxiety, depression and migraines that feeds on negativity I seem to always be in, I am hopeful that positivity can help to break the cycle and create some change.

We shall see.  I need to keep working on my thoughts and creating positivity from within.  Get back to daily meditation.  Keep on moving forward.

And, hopefully, leave the pain behind.

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