“I have been given this product as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”
See my post on the CEFALY device for migraine treatment where I talk about the device and research.
See CEFALY.com for information on the device
The CEFALY is an external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation device (e-TNS) device. It is placed on the forehead to stimulate the trigeminal nerve. And the Trigeminal Nerve is quite involved in the migraine process. (Read more about that here).
First try for a weather-induced migraine attack
Okay, so this is an interesting process overall.
- Stick adhesive to head as you can see in the card above (there are detailed directions included which I did read) just between brows, and make sure it is well on there
- Add the CEFALY device- magnetized to the adhesive.
- Hit button 1 time for an acute migraine which starts Program 1 for 60 minutes.
Cool. And we are off and running. Migraine to start 9. (Unfortunately I did wake up with this migraine, and then I did charge the cefaly so I couldn’t get to it right away which they suggest- which affects my first Acute Treatment)
And immediately I feel all tingly like paresthesia with a migraine. I’m like, weird. And then it gets intense and sort of electrical with the tingling. But not worse than a migraine, just Sensations. Weird Sensations. That sometimes feels intense but not bad really. Given while it is going on I didn’t feel my migraine at all.
And I noticed that the area around the device goes kind of numb. Also, the muscles sort of twitch and pull with the device activation. It is fascinating really as it stimulates the Trigeminal Nerve. I kept feeling like it might fall off due to these flux in movements and undulations but, nope, it is on there good.
And then in 60 minutes, it stops. For a brief time, I still tingled.
I had no reaction to the adhesive because it is like a gel one (Any other and I might due to my adhesive ‘issues’)
Migraine level after 7- but again this is a brutal weather migraine full-blown woke up with it and then further delayed by charging the device (as this was my first go). Nevertheless, a reduction in pain, which is welcome because I cannot take a triptan today.
Acute treatment overall for the next few weeks
I find it works a whole lot better on a migraine if I do Not wake up with a full-blown one already. So if I am in my Usual cycle where I do not get one for a few hours after I get up it can reduce the intensity of the migraine right away by a few points and sometimes that even continues to reduce as time passes like a delayed reaction. It can really knock my intensity down.
For preventative treatment, it is program 2 so when you put it on you hit the button twice and it runs for 20 minutes.
I have found this to be nice to use in the morning where I tend to have no migraine yet… usually, depending on how I slept. So I put it on right away in the morning.
And I have found this to be rather effective for me.
- I get delayed migraines. So they come much later in the day and do not last as long.
- I get Less intense migraines. By quite a bit according to my pain chart.
- Or a few times in there I get no migraine at all.
And that is pretty damn good for preventative treatment for me, considering I have never had preventative work in my entire life.
Results so far:
So it decreases intensity any way you look at it. But it definitely can delay a migraine, decrease the intensity of them, shorten them, or I don’t get one at all.
Most of my migraines were in the range of 7-9 starting within an hour or two of getting up. With the CEFALY daily treatment, abortive treatment or the daily preventative treatment, my pain scale shows 4-9 with the average in the 5-6 area. That is a pretty significant reduction in intensity there. I mean that 4 area? Wasn’t a number on my pain chart… at all. Ever. And being in the 5-6 range is way better than existing in a 7-9 all the time. I do still hit the higher ranges but the duration is less on most of the days I tracked. That is the delayed reaction result there. My migraine attacks often were delayed due to the preventative treatment option on the device so even when they hit that high number it wasn’t long. Not the Whole Day.
I like the CEFALY it is a device that is really helping me control the intensity of my migraine attacks and giving me some migraine-free days in the mix as well. The intensity control and the delay in the attacks are worth a Whole lot to me in quality of life with migraine disease. It gives me just some actual relief for once. Living with constant high-intensity migraine pain all the time is relentless when you can do nothing about it. This is definitely something I need in my toolbox. And will continue to use it consistently to manage my pain.
- External device so no surgery or injections needed- and I have tried BOTOX which didn’t work for me. I am not into surgical options so not for me.
- Portable- it comes in a case. Literally very portable.
- Non-drug so it does not conflict with any other medication treatment and also can reduce medication use. I actually do use my triptans still but I Desperate to use them as much. I mean, because you can only use them so much you Really Wait to use them. And since I reduced my pain I was not Waiting so Eagerly to do so. It is nice.
- It is well tolerated
- And easy to use
Contraindications & Warnings
DO NOT USE CEFALY IF YOU:
- Have implanted metallic or electronic devices in the head.
- Are suffering from pain of unknown origin.
- Have a cardiac pacemaker or implanted or wearable defibrillator.
CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE USE IF:
- You are under 18 years of age.
- You are over 65 years of age.
- You are pregnant or may become pregnant.
- You suspect or know that you have heart problems.
- You had a recent head injury.
- You have ever suffered a seizure.