Migraine Buddy app

An app for people with migraines wanting to keep track of their symptoms, triggers and treatment.

Migraine Buddy By Healint
  Features
  • Symptom tracking
  • Trigger recording
  • Treatment tracking 
  • Sleep tracking
  • Social networking
Clinical review
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Available from   Google Play     iTunes     App website
Cost   Free

What does the app do?

This app allows users to keep track of, and learn about their migraines by recording the nature of each migraine episode: when it happened, intensity and, location of the pain, triggers and treatment. When enough migraines have been logged, the app can tell users when they might expect to get another migraine. The app can also automatically track your sleep, alert you of high and low pressure weather, alert your buddies when you have a migraine and remind you to take medication.
For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or iTunes (apple) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

PROS   CONS  ✘  
✔  Easy-to-use.

✔  An exhaustive list of questions asked when logging a headache, covers most of the clinically important headache features.

✔  User is prompted to identify their goal with using the app.

✔ Users can record a headache as it happens but enter details at a later stage.

✔ Keeps a comprehensive record of the migraine episode.

✔  Clear and simple pain intensity scale that uses both numbers and descriptive words.

✔  App has lots of provision for customisation for example, adding medications, relief methods and symptoms.

✔  Has an automatic sleep tracker.
✘  Due to extensive questions, it takes about 1-2 minutes to log a headache.

✘  No education or information about self-care. 

Privacy and security

The app has a privacy policy, but it's not immediately obvious. It's difficult to find.  The policy states that non-identifiable data may be sold to third parties. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: April 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 23.6
Download size: 25.72 MB

Learn more

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:

Practical Apps 1: Migraines

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for headaches and migraines:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 05 Jan 2018