In late 2016 we asked the National Headache Register to share your migraine story for the chance to win a CEFALY device. Our winner was Ellie Freeman (23), a university student (now in full time employment) from Sydney.
Ellie has had a great response with the CEFALY device and is relieved to have discovered a drug-free approach for prevention and treatment of migraines.
Ellie has suffered from migraines for nearly a decade. Like her mother and grandmother, they began when she hit puberty, and became worse and more frequent over time.
“From the age of 14, migraines would hit me like a monthly attack. They were pretty severe: I couldn’t be around light or sound, needed an ice pack and nothing worked. With some attacks I could be in bed for three days or a week.
I used to really struggle to go to school and when it was really stressful I would miss school. From the age of 16 or 17, after a stressful week at school, I suffered migraines on weekends.
The migraine may last a week and then all the other symptoms – nauseousness, dizziness, hot flushes – linger.
If you don’t slow down when a migraine is coming on, things can then become really, really bad. Sometimes if I got an attack and forced myself to continue with daily life I’d vomit in the car. Some attacks are so bad that I’ve gone to hospital.
It’s important not too push yourself too far.
Ellie saw a neurologist for her migraine and was prescribed a variety of drugs, some of which she says made her feel worse. The drugs also brought side effects – a rash, feeling sick all the time, exhaustion and lethargy.
“It got to the point where I didn’t want to take all these drugs”, she said. “You can also have overuse and they stopped being as effective.”
Winning the CEFALY device last year, coincided with beginning a full time role in finance while also continuing her business studies.
“I use it every day after work, and it helps so much,” says Ellie.
“I find that if I don’t use the CEFALY device, the migraines get worse, but if I use it every day, the migraines are not as debilitating.”
“Now that I have CEFALY, medication is a last resort.”
“Also, if I have a very bad day and can’t go to work – I’ll use the CEFALY device in the morning and find that I can work in the afternoon.”
“Holding a full time job is challenging for migraine sufferers. CEFALY helps me manage – it’s given me more days out of bed, and I’ve been able to get more things done.”
CEFALY Research Results
According to research and trials conducted by CEFALY, 75% of people who have used the TENS machine report at least a 50% reduction in their migraines and tension headaches. CEFALY works particularly well for those with headaches at the front and side of the head. Click here for full list of clinical study & published data.