"I was 15 when I had my first migraine. It happened in the middle of a maths final exam and I thought I was having a stroke. It was terrifying. My migraines have full aura, including light sensitivity, numbness and tingling in my extremities, visual disturbances, and sensitivity to sound. This is followed by extreme headache pain that can last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, which is then followed by what feels like an extreme hangover, usually lasting an additional 8 to 12 hours.
"In the beginning I would frequently find myself taken to hospital with migraines, as neither my parents nor I knew how to deal with them. They were also quite frequent, occurring 2 to 3 times a week. This caused a disruption in my school and social life. Numerous treatment options were discussed and attempted, but none have much effect, although strong painkillers with a high dose of codeine have been prescribed to help reduce the pain and encourage sleep. Sleep seemed then, and now, to be the best remedy.
"As I progressed into my 20"s, I continued to have migraines fairly regularly (one every 2 to 4 weeks), even throughout both of my pregnancies, which I understand is relatively uncommon. Although they did markedly decrease in frequency after my pregnancies, dropping to once a month or once every 6 weeks.
"Later in my 20"s my doctor prescribed a beta-blocker, which has functioned to dramatically reduce the frequency, and to a point, the severity of my migraines. I have also recently seen a neurologist who has been attempting to find the drug that will take care of the pain element of the migraine. So far we have tried two, with limited results. Both do help with pain, but either makes me drowsy or nauseous, and neither completely eliminates the pain. This makes it so my migraines are still very disruptive to my personal and work life.
I have been using the Arc each night since the 28th of October. My last migraine was on the 5th October, so I would generally expect to have another in the next 2 to 3 weeks."
Update: "I have been using the Arc for 3 weeks now and can say that I have seen results. I have noticed improvements in my sleep and energy levels, and also feel like various back problems I have suffered with are also becoming less severe. Most importantly, I have not had a migraine, despite being overdue for one, and having experienced pretty much every potential trigger that would commonly cause me to suffer from a migraine. Overall, I am very satisfied with results so far and am optimistic for the future."