Space age head pain treatment that hits a nerve

Fay Sharples.
Fay Sharples.

A device that wouldn’t look out of place on the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise has helped a Morecambe woman overcome crippling migraines.

Fay Sharples, 26, had migraines that made her life a misery.for over 14 years.

But after wearing a special device on her head with a headband which applies stimulation via electrical impulses on the Supraorbital nerve, a nerve implicated in migraine activity, her symptoms have dramatically reduced.

Fay said: “One of the worse things about having migraines is that, once you have tried all the drugs, done all the alternative therapies and kept a food diary you are pretty much left to cope by yourself.

“I had my first mild migraine when I was twelve and by my early twenties I was having three to four attacks a month, which included agonising headaches and being sick.

“Sometimes the attacks merged into each other lasting for days at a time.

“I was put onto some quite serious drugs including Topiramate, which makes me feel exhausted and Naproxinal which caused stomach upset. I also took Imigran but none of the drugs really helped.

“Migraines made my life a misery.

“I lost endless working days and my friends got used to me cancelling social engagements. Holidays can be a nightmare.

‘I started on Cefaly around five weeks ago and kept a record of my symptoms. I put it on for twenty minutes just before bedtime and it was very relaxing.

“My migraines didn’t vanish overnight, but by week two they were clearing in one day instead of dragging on for a few.

“If someone had told me six months ago this would happen I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Wendy Thomas of the charity The Migraine Trust. “We welcome any treatment which can add to the range of options available for the many numbers of people whose lives are blighted by migraine.”

Migraine Awareness Week runs until September 13