Cefaly and migraine

Having migraine really sucks, and I’ll try just about anything to deal with this illness. One of the things I tried recently is the Cefaly, a scifi looking device I previously mocked. A lot of people seemed to be finding relief with it and a couple agencies had verified that it wouldn’t hurt me.


After reading Kerrie’s experience, I was excited and a little wary.

I found it really unpleasant when I started using it. The strength intensifies over the first 12 minutes of a 20 minute treatment cycle. There are three cycle types – relaxation, prophylaxis, and migraine. You can stop the ramp up at any point and keep the treatment at that level for the remainder of the cycle. The first time I used it, I stopped the ramp up after less than a minute. After about 15 uses, I was able to tolerate the full ramp up on the “prophylactic” cycle and started really enjoying it! When I am not in the middle of or starting an attack, I find even the highest setting pleasurable – like a good massage. More importantly, several days I thought would be totally lost to migraine hangover, I was able to do a few small errands and chores after using Cefaly.

Unfortunately, f I tried to use Cefaly when I was getting a migraine or during a migraine , it made me very sick to my stomach and didn’t do a thing for the pain.

The manufacturer claims that frequent, regular use will eventually lead to a reduction in migraine frequency. My migraines are very frequent, so I can’t use the Cefaly enough to find out if it would help my migraines. Using it every day I didn’t have a full blown migraine – and some days I did – over 6 weeks did not cause a noticeable reduction in my migraines.

If you’d like to try Cefaly for your headaches, I’m looking to sell mine for about $150. It comes with a storage case, 4 electrodes, and the manual. Send me an email if you’re interested at enchantressofnumbers at gmail.


  1. Cefaly will reimburse you for the product if you tell them of your experience and want it back. I represent a young man who has both occipital neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia probably from use of the Cefaly. These are for now permanent conditions. He followed the directions and started at the highest setting. If you want to talk with me call me at 206-374-7370 or email me at klf@krafchick.com

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