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
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.