I wanted to post my 6-month experience with the GammaCore neuromodulator device in hopes that it might help others who are considering it.
I used the GammaCore Sapphire (second gen device) and it has helped me manage my chronic daily migraines (11 years and counting!), and use less rescue medicine.
There is a theory that GammaCore offers both an abortive and a cumulative effect. In my experience, that’s true.
I found that to abort an attack or at least render the migraine’s ferocity to a level where I could continue to function, I had to use the device at the very beginning of the attack. For me, however, the device’s real value is in what I have experienced as its cumulative effect. I was able to manage my migraines with the least amount of rescue meds in that 6-month period than I had been able to do for YEARS. Migraines that did come were less intense.
Currently I am fighting my insurance company to cover the device. I had it for 6 months free, but that program ended in early Dec. 2019, and I have been without it since then. During that period I have found myself resorting to my abortive meds more often; just in the last 10 days multiple times per day. That is an untenable situation for many reasons.
It is certainly worth trying if your doctor will prescribe it, and you can manage to afford it. I think it is especially valuable for those of us with chronic migraine who have failed all other preventative medications.
I would love to hear other migraineurs’ experience with GammaCore.