How To Track Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and Tension Headaches: Migraine Buddy

by - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

If you've read my blog within the past month, you'll know that I suffer from migraines and I've had them since I was 13-14 years old. I used to track down my migraines on pen and paper, but I found that I would forget to mark them down or I would leave the book at home entirely if I had a doctor's appointment, so I decided that I needed a more reliable method, and this is where Migraine Buddy comes in.

Migraine Buddy is what it is. It tracks migraines and it's one of my staple apps and it's been a staple app for the past 3 years. Here's how it works.

The screenshot shown above is the main page and the woman has a happy face and a heart if you don't have a migraine currently. It's helpful that I've got a migraine while making this post, and here's how the app works if you want to track your migraines.

The main page also keeps track of barometric pressure as it can be known to cause migraines.

This is the page that shows up once you hit the "Record An Attack" button. It will ask you what time it started, and what time it ended. You can pick increments of just now, 15 minutes ago, 30 minutes ago, an hour ago, or other time.

This app also lets you record an attack type, so if you're not sure, you click "don't know yet", but it also lets you add what kind of headache it is if it is not a migraine, tension headache, or cluster headache.

The next screen allows you to pinpoint on a scale of 0-10 how severe your pain is. As you can see, the migraine I have is severe.

The next page asks you where you were when the migraine hit, and you can add your own location if you weren't at home, work, school, in transit/commuting, in bed, or outside.

This next page asks you to ask for potential triggers. For me, unfortunately these migraines hit me like a bus so I have no idea what causes them, but I do know that they get worse when I have my period, hence why I added Menstral and Period.

This next page is for the ladies, and it will ask if you are having your period, as hormones can cause migraines.

The next page asks if you could sense it coming, and that means if you had an aura, prodrome, or certain signs like tingling head or neck, visual disturbance, mood changes, tiredness, and so much more. You can add your own choices if there are some other ways you could sense a migraine coming

The next page asks you if you have any symptoms of migraines/tension headaches/cluster headaches, including nausea, moodiness, insomnia, heat, or anxiety. You can also add your own symptoms.

The next page asks if you've taken any medication for your migraine/cluster headache/tension headache. There are some of the most common medications used as preventative measures and rescue medication in case a migraine/cluster headache hits.

The next page will ask about relief methods, whether you slept, had a heat pack or ice pack on your head, took a cold or hot shower, or had a cup of coffee. You can add or remove your own relief methods as needed.

The next page will ask how it affected your activities, as migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches can render people unable to go out, or they cannot get on their laptops, tablets, or phones at all.

The next page will ask where the pain started, and it is divided into the left side or the right side as migraines and cluster headaches are most likely to happen on one side of the head than on both sides of the head.

The next page will ask if any of the relief actions you picked helped, and there is a scale on a scale of not sure to helpful.

The last page is a summary of your headache/migraine and you can change the end time when the pain has subsided.

Once you hit the confirm button, the lady in the front now holds a first aid kit and she looks sad, but she has a message telling you she hopes you feel better soon and that you are not alone. 

You can also access your reports, which is very handy for those neurologist appointments as you can pick a range and you and your neurologist can see the reports over and change treatment as needed. This app also tracks your sleep as well as it can determine whether how little or long you sleep is a trigger for a migraine. There is also a chat function in the app as well so you can have a chat about triggers, how you're doing, etc. with other people who suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or cluster headaches. 

Migraine Buddy is completely free in the App Store and on the Google Play Store , and you can pay to have the full report. 

Have you used this app before? Do you suffer from migraines/tension headaches/cluster headaches? 

Winnie x 

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