Migraine Buddy: An App for Migraine Sufferers
Migraine Buddy is a free application for your smart phone that allows you to keep track of your migraines. It's like keeping a headache diary but has so many more features like an embedded Sleep Tracker. There's a simple sign-up process that requires your email but optional Name, Gender, and Birthday.
When you open the Migraine Buddy, it immediately tells you how long you've been migraine-free for. This can be really helpful to keep things in perspective. When you're suffering from a migraine, it can feel like you've had it for weeks even though it's only been a day. Also on the first page, there's a huge button that allows you to record a migraine. First you start with time period, how long it lasted. There's even a button for 'Not finished Yet' so you can record your ongoing migraine. Next is pain level. There's numeric pad next to reaction faces so there's no confusion. Next, it'll ask you for triggers and give you options like lack of sleep, stress, skipped meal, caffeine and several more. You can even add a new trigger; for me it'd be too much time looking at a computer screen. Then Migraine Buddy asks you if you're on your menstrual cycle (because I choose Female as my gender) and what sort of medication you've taken for it. Then it asks if anything has given you relief: dark room, sleep, as well as the option to add your own. You're asked about any other symptoms you might be experiencing such as nausea, neck pain as well as several more with the option to add your own. One of my favorite features is where the pain started. It shows you an interactive head that you can zoom in on to find the spot where the migraine started. All of this information is summarized in a report that also averages in your other migraines.
Migraine Buddy collects all your data about your migraine and puts it in a single convenient location so not only can you keep track of your migraines but also keep track of what help give you migraine relief most often. This is an app that helps you learn about yourself and your body's functions. In turn, this information can help you answer questions to your health care provider so you're getting the best care possible.
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