A migraine is more than a simple headache. 12% of the population has experienced migraines with women being the most frequently impacted.
"I have had them diagnosed with headaches since my mid-20s, but they started as a frequent occurrence of migraine-like headaches when I was 17."
Lights, sounds, and smells can trigger debilitating headaches that can leave migraine sufferers in bed for days. For some, an aura can develop during a migraine attack.
"My aura is phantom smells and I smell cigarette smoke that doesn't exist."
For Annie Giudicessi, a chronic migraine sufferer, her migraines kept her away from family and friends.
"I used to be an incredibly social person, liked to go out and do things," she said, recalling a time she missed a family member's pregnancy announcement because of a migraine. "I am not anymore because anything I would do for fun I would pay for it the next day with a migraine."
Then came a special green light that changed everything for Annie.
"Within the first two times of using it, I knew it was a gamechanger." This specific band of green light helps people see and function, especially for those who suffer from migraines.
"For me, it was that I could turn everything off, turn the green light on for about a half-hour, and start to notice that the side effects that went along with my migraine lowering while my medication started to kick in and make me feel better," she said about the light.
The Allay Lamp, developed by Harvard Medical School Professor Rami Burstein, releases a specific narrow band of green light, helping people like Annie live with migraines.
"I've been able to control my migraine symptoms with medication and the green light without having to completely just shut down and sleep for 12 to 14 hours," she said, stating she uses the light every day, even when she doesn't have a migraine.
The green Allay light also helps ease anxiety, reduce stress, and helps some people fall asleep faster.
Annie says the light, along with her medications, helps ease her symptoms faster, "so I can return to what I need to be doing more quickly."
While this green light technology is a new therapy for treating migraines, Annie has already seen a difference.
"For me, it was a complete game-changer."
To learn more about the Allay Lamp and how you can order it, visit their website, allaylamp.com.
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