An app for people with migraines and headaches, to track their symptoms, triggers and treatment.
|Headache Diary Lite
- Symptom tracking
- Medication tracking
- Response to medication recording
What does the app do?
This app allows users to keep track of their headaches or migraines by recording the date, duration, type of headache, severity and location of the pain, causes, effects of the headache, medication taken and responses to it.
For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android).
- Reasonably quick and easy-to-use.
- Data can be viewed as various types of graphs (paid version allows more graph options).
- Includes a Knowledge Base section with basic information on types of headaches, and interpretation of the app’s pain scale.
- No customisation of lists such as medications, causes etc (paid version allows some customisation).
- Medication list includes US-based names that may not be recognisable to New Zealanders.
- Not available for iPhones/iPads
- No education component or information about self-care.
- App does not record details such as associated symptoms (e nausea etc), auras, prodromes, or non-medication treatments.
- Only 10 headache/migraines can be recorded (paid version allows more records)
- Free version - has advertising; paid version is ad-free
|Date of this review: April 2017
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Migraines Practical Apps 1
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The following references relate to articles about apps for headaches and migraines:
- Hundert AS, Huguet A, McGrath PJ, et al. Commercially Available Mobile Phone Headache Diary Apps: A Systematic Review. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Aug 19;2(3):e36.
- Mosadeghi-Nik M, Askari MS, Fatehi F. Mobile health (mHealth) for headache disorders: A review of the evidence base. J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Dec;22(8):472-477.
- Huguet A, Stinson J, Mackay B et al. Bringing psychosocial support to headache sufferers using information and communication technology: lessons learned from asking potential users what they want. Pain Res Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;19(1):e1-8.
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, RNZCGP
Clinical score: ★☆☆☆☆
Review: "This app is most useful for headache sufferers and their doctors. It is a very basic tracking of headaches allowing some help with diagnosis and treatment. Although logging a headache is simple and fast, the app has many shortfalls and clinically is of very poor quality. When the app asks you to record the headache diagnosis (e.g. migraine, sinus, tension), does not allow for “unknown,” and misses some headache types anyway. This could lead to error and misdirection if using the app to aid in diagnosis and therapeutic management. Unless the patient was very well educated on headache diagnosis or was a doctor themselves. It does not include many important headache features such as associated symptoms (e.g. nausea). Cannot customise headache details. Cannot export results with free version. No headache information."
Safety concerns: "Would not identify potentially sinister headache features due to limited questions."
New Zealand relevance: "Formigran is not available in New Zealand. Erroneously lists aspirin twice, once as its chemical name acetylsalicylic acid and once with German spelling asperin."