An app for people with migraines wanting to keep track of their symptoms, triggers and treatment.
- Symptom tracking
- Trigger recording
- Treatment tracking
- Sleep tracking
- Social networking
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).
- 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.
|Date of this review: April 2017
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Practical Apps 1: Migraines
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 has potential to be a very helpful tool and clinically it is of high quality. Users can see potential common trends relating to their headaches, such as position, character, exacerbating and relieving factors, presence of aura. This could help aid diagnosis and therapeutic management for both doctor and patient. The exhaustive list of questions asked when logging a headache, covers most of the clinically important headache features. These are also customisable. The app generates an easy-to-read summary for the doctor. On the downside however, due to extensive questions, it takes about 1-2 minutes to log a headache and the app lacks information on migraine or headache."
Safety concerns: "Does not advise you to seek medical help if you enter in sinister headache features."
New Zealand relevance: "Some of the listed drugs are not available in New Zealand and medicine names may be different. Acetaminophen is called paracetamol here. Maxalt 5mg is a brand name for rizatriptan, available in NZ in 10mg strength. Zomig is a brand name for zolmitriptan, not subsidised in NZ. Relpax is a brand name for eletriptan, not available in NZ."