Why Tracking Your Migraines Is Important
This Migraine App Review and more is here to help you have a successful migraine story. Whether you choose Migraine Buddy or another method to track your migraines, the most important thing is that if they are out of control they are being documented. Data gives you power. That is the power to take back control of your life. Tracking your migraines can give you and your doctor a variety of helpful information to better your care and quality of life. This includes:
- Migraine frequency
- Migraine triggers
- Migraine meds that are working
- Migraine meds that are not working
- Times migraines are occur
I will cover several in this article. It will be important to find what is most manageable and meaningful to you. Some of them do similar things and a few have some additional features. There is also nothing wrong with paper, typed or written. If you signed up for my newsletter, you will receive a free migraine tracker that is paper document you can do online or print. Find the option that works for you and stick with that. Also find more information about triggers and migraine stages in my posts Migraine Triggers and How to Avoid Them and Migraine Facts 101: Knowledge is Power.
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Migraine Buddy App Review
Records: symptoms, triggers, pain level, medicine taken, duration, weather, and leaves a place for additional notes
- Two options free and plus (I have found the free option to be a very helpful choice.)
- Provides report of progress
- Calendar shows progress–(my story of conversation with doctor below)
- Access to a community of migraine sufferers for support
- This app showed me after a medicine change I had a huge increase in headache days. It was easy to compare the data from one month to the next. You can read more about this later in this post.
Records: triggers, mood and stress, headache pain level
- monitors weather and if that is a trigger for you
- Graphs your progress
- Shares data with your doctor
- Connect with people through conversation
- Positive messages for encouragement and inspiration for you upon request
- Migraine News: articles about various migraine topics to keep you up to date on treatments and other things in the migraine world
- Migraine Monitor Navigator sends you articles based on your preferences
Tracks the above, but also lets you put in how each day is. First one to track the good and the bad.
Additional Daily Tracking:
Type of day (work/day off or weekend)migraine anticipation, sleep, hunger, tiredness, weather, anxiety, irritability, etc. and any custom added factors. This can be more time consuming, but could provide great insight.
Access to community and support
Questions to set up
Lots of data created from tracking
Trigger map, no association, and protector map
Keep it Manageable
Whichever app you choose, be intentional about tracking your migraine data, but don’t worry about every little piece during the migraine. That’s what I really liked about Migraine Buddy. You could put in that you had one so the app would track that, but you could go back and fill in the details when you felt better. You aren’t always in the shape to look at your phone and even type in the middle of an attack. The other apps can offer some flexibility with this as well.
When you are in an attack try to document when it started and when it stopped. Then you can go back and put what you took and your triggers. If you are able to do that in the attack then go for it. However, it is completely understandable if you need to do this piece later. What is most important is that it happens before too much time passes and you forget. The details really do help tell your migraine story.
My Personal Experience Was Eye Opening
Using my migraine tracker, which was Migraine Buddy at the time, I was able to see the effectiveness of my migraine medication and communicate this with my neurologist. This also happened at a time I had a roadblock with insurance coverage. My expensive autoinjector had been on auto refill and after some changes in coverage I had a gap month where my shot was delayed. Wow, the result was so eye opening. At the time I was still having migraines, but wondered if my medication was effective. Because I was tracking them I was able to look at the month at a glance and see that I had almost 20 days out of 30 with migraine pain. That was important data to share! I could also really pinpoint my latest triggers and that data is priceless as well.
What Really Matters
So the bottom line is find your method and you can feel empowered with the data. Your health is so valuable. Migraines can make us feel helpless and at times hopeless. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The migraine conversation is growing and so are the resources. There is always hope and I have found after years of trying countless medications, being diligent is never a waste of time. Although it can be exhausting, my well being is worth the time. When my health is better I can be the wife, mom, and teacher I want to be. I am willing to fight for that.
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Coming up: I will be writing about Botox and migraines, as well as a variety of new topics. Feel free to reach out with topics you would like covered. This community is here to support you and I wish you all the best.
Although we strive to provide accurate general information, the information presented here is not a substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in the medical and health area for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any medical or health related decisions. For your health related questions, please seek the advice of a licensed physician or any other qualified health care provider immediately.
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helpful post! I will share with a friend who has migraines!
I know people who struggle with migraines and would really appreciate this post. Thank you for sharing.
I sued Migraine Buddy in the past. It was super helpful while we were figuring out my migraines. Thankfully migraines aren’t really a problem anymore.
Migraine Buddy is what I use and what my neurologist recommends — so far so good!
I used to use migraine buddy regularly to track my migraines but have fallen off track. It’s a great tool and this is my reminder to use it in the new year. Happy new year !
Thanks for the super helpful review!
I would not have considered this, what a great idea and way to manage headaches more effectively. Great review of the app! Thank you for your insights.
You are such a good source of support and deliver vital information for those suffering with this affliction. This app is a great tool!
This is such a helpful and effective idea. I’m a medical social worker and work with a neurologist who sees a lot of patients suffering from migraines and headaches. She suggests exactly what you said! Thanks for the tips!
My aunt gets migranes a lot. Thank you for sharing! I will be sharing this post with my aunt so she can track her migranes.
Wow! This app seems very helpful to help with managing migraines. I get headaches very frequently, but I do not suffer from migraines often (thankfully!). I love that you can keep track of your triggers for migraines.
Great post! Thanks for sharing!
Great Information. I use to suffer with migraines when I was pregnant. I wish these trackers were available back then.
Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!
This is so helpful to be aware of triggers! Thank you for sharing!
A helpful article, especially to those who have migraine problems.
I have tried this app before and I truly love it.
I get migraines from staring at a computer screen for hours! This was an amazing read!
I could see how a tracker would give very beneficial information to help determine triggers/what is working/not working. I used to suffer from migraines, but thankfully they are rare now.
I thankfully don’t experience migraines the way I used to, but tracking it would have helped SO MUCH and I never thought about it – nor did my doctor recommend it! Very helpful post!
That’s awesome that you can stay connected with a group of people. Thank you for sharing this lovely review!
This was amazing