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Watch as The Migraine Girl Uses Cefaly

Many migraineurs have read about the Cefaly device but, apart from the simulations shown online where a model is angelically donning the headband, there aren’t lot of videos out there showing a real-life migraineur using it in real time. I recorded this video in late March 2016, about three weeks into my using the device nightly. I would say “enjoy,” but I don’t think that’s the appropriate word. How about, “Watch it, and let me know what you think and if you have any questions–I’ll do my best to answer.”

I also wrote about my experiences so far in an article here.

Have you tried the Cefaly device? If so, what was your experience like?

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  • DodgerFan
    4 years ago

    I’ve recently received a replacement Cefaly, and that is because my original device was defective. I really think the company doubted my complaints originally, thinking I was making mistakes when placing the device on the electrode, or using the wrong batteries, etc. I knew there was a problem from the start because by all accounts users said it started slowly. My original unit started off so painful I’d wince and push the button the second it started with a shock just to prevent it from strengthening intensity…I spent a month dealing with the problem.

    After less than a week’s (daily) use with the new device, I’m able to use it 20 minutes straight and allowing it to reach maximum intensity. I do find I have to distract myself with surfing the internet while I wear it because it’s pretty intense in terms of how it feels on my head and in the beginning I was practically using Lamaze-like breathing, but that’s not the case anymore.

    I mentioned to the company I was concerned others who received defective devices may not realize that’s the problem, and that would be a shame. I’m still waiting to see if using it daily at the maximum intensity for a few months decreases the frequency of my migraines or cuts them back from nearly daily. Until then, thank goodness, I have my triptan.

  • Parismarcia
    4 years ago

    I bought the Cefaly device 3 months ago. I was getting migraines at least 3 or 4 times a week. I have been taking Topamate 2 times a day plus Imitrix for the migraines plus other medication. After one. treatment migraines got better. When I feel one coming on I use the machine and when treatment is done migraine is gone. I have been able to eliminate most migraine medicine. For me the machine is like a miracle. Also I Will add that since I have a secondary residence in France I bought the European model which I understand is different from US model

    Marcia Stauber

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    4 years ago


    Thank you for the feedback. I’m thrilled to read about your experience and hope that I and many others see the improvement you have seen. I have also read that the European model is different. Lots of American users put on the headband during an attack (not just for prevention) despite this not being officially sanctioned by the FDA. But it seems to work for them, though possibly not as well as the official abort setting on the European model might.

    Take care; fingers crossed you continue to find great success with this!

    -Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

  • Linda
    4 years ago

    I have had my Cefaly since December 2014 and I do not go anywhere without it. It is not a cure for me but during an attack, it does make things bearable. I have the model that is NOT a US model.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    4 years ago


    Thanks for your feedback. I have a question about the non-US model: is there actually a different setting for aborting a migraine, or is there just one setting for an attack and the daily preventive therapy?

    -Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

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