Jupiter woman is among first patients to try new device to fight migraines

Cefaly is worn 20 minutes a day

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Anyone who suffers from migraines looks for any solution to fight them.

That includes Jupiter's Beth Alpert who says she's tried every option to get rid of her migraines. She says she often has 15 per month.

Beth doesn't want to lose any time with her triple teenage daughters as they get ready to head to college.  But her migraines often stand in the way.

"It feels like a vice or pressure across your head," Alpert said. "It's horrible. You sit in a dark room and try to sleep."

She's tried diet, exercise and medications. Nothing has gotten rid of the migraine pain.

She's concerned about always having to take medication and was excited to learn about a new product approved by the FDA. She hoped the high-tech looking device would be the breakthrough she needed.

It's called Cefaly and it's worn as a headband.

It was recommended to Beth by her doctor, Robert Friedman of the Headache and Pain Center of Palm Beach.  

He thinks it could be a good weapon against migraines.

"It's a superficial treatment," Dr. Friedman said. "It's stimulating a nerve above the eyebrow, doesn't stimulate the brain directly, but other parts of the neurosystem."

The headband is attached by a sticky pad on the forehead. It acts as a conductor.

"It feels like a mild shock, like pulsating," Alpert said the first time she turned it on.

She was sent home told to wear it twenty minutes a day.

After nearly a month, Beth gave it mixed reviews.

"To have 5 less because of Cefaly was a happy moment, but I still had 10," Alpert said.

She says it took a week before she could wear the device at full power.

She had advice for others considering the headband.

"You have to do your research on it and make sure you have a higher pain threshold because it is uncomfortable," Alpert said.

Beth used Cefaly for less than a month, but the company suggests using it six to nine months for best results.

The device is designed to either fight an oncoming migraine and even prevent them.

Insurance does not cover the $350 price for the headband. The connector pads are an additional cost.


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