Migraine Buddy

Have any of you guys used the app migraine buddy? Is it actually helpful? Or is it a waste of time and just makes you feel worse when you realize how many migraines you actually have an how you don’t have any great treatment options. I find myself getting very discouraged when I log more than one migraine a day. So far, I have been logging for 12 days and not one day without an entry, and usually multiple entries a day.


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  • etw27
    10 months ago

    I’ve been using Migraine Buddy for awhile now. I’ve found it useful because it has helped me see how many headaches I’m having and how many rescue meds I’m taking. What I struggle with is indentifying triggers. I feel like Migraine Buddy has done NOTHING to help me identify my triggers. I know my obvious ones. Chocolate, alcohol, soy. The big ones. I suffer from chronic migraine, so I’ll have headaches darn near everyday. Because I’m exposed/deal with so many things from day to day, my triggers and likely triggers are always changing. I feel like I never know what I should actually do. It’s frustrating. I’ve been GF/DF more than once (because of the of the app) for various lengths of time to no avail. I cut out caffeine as well. Has anyone had this issue? If so, how did you get around it?

  • k_nelson author
    10 months ago

    I can definitely relate to what you are saying. That is what I found was most annoying about Migraine Buddy. I have chronic migraines as well, so the triggers that they suggested where all already triggers that I knew. I was GF for a year and I think the only thing that made that help was that because I was GF I was eating healthier. I think that the app isn’t that great with those types of suggestions. Because when you have chronic migraines, EVERYTHING “could” be a trigger.
    Now I have cluster headaches, which just makes everything more complicated.

  • Savta45
    1 year ago

    I’d never heard of this until the just now. I have only been logging my migraines loosely, partially because I can barely think straight enough to know my own phone number when it’s bad, never mind evaluate something as subjective as pain level evaluation. But, maybe I should try it.

  • k_nelson author
    10 months ago

    Yes, you should at least give it a try! I hope it helps you!

  • Savta45
    1 year ago

    I’d never heard of this until the just now. I have only been logging my migraines loosely, partially because I can barely think straight enough to know my own phone number when it’s bad, never mind evaluate something as subjective as pain level, etc. And also because, yeah, it’s so frequent, it’s depressing enough, without documenting it. I’m in a position where no one has been able to do anything about it anyway, so there’s really not much point in documenting faithfully. If I ever find a provider who has 1/2 a chance of helping me, & asks me to do it, I’ll be MORE than happy to cooperate. But, it’s been 7 years, several providers, & many, many treatments & as many meds as I can safely be given. My co-morbidities are significant & restrictive, so I’m not holding my breath.

  • Douglas
    1 year ago

    I have been using Migraine Buddy for ~18 months now. While it can be a bit depressing to see how frequent the migraines are, the flip side is it allows you to see how frequent the migraines are (including the average length, intensity, and attack/free days). Knowing, not guessing, is essential to ensuring that you and your provider can manage this condition effectively.

    As marycr8on mentions, using the app to help complete the paper journal is much easier than trying to remember everything. I know I am usually not able to make the journal entry (at least not legibly) when an attack starts,but I can usually tap the screen a couple of times. I still maintain the written journal because I have been advised that it is much more persuasive in some situations. Personally I have also signed up for the monthly emailed reports, which make it easy to share said reports.

    TL;DR; Definitely take a look to see if the app is a fit for you.

  • tgerard127
    1 year ago

    My doctor told me I should keep track of when I get migraine attacks. I’ve found the app to be a pretty good tool for keeping track. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than carrying around a pen and notebook and handwriting the info.

  • marycr8on
    1 year ago

    I’ve been using Migraine Buddy for a couple of months, now. I like that it’s really easy to use, you can write notes describing whatever you want to add and I also use it as a sleep monitor. I am supposed to keep a migraine log for my neurologist, on paper. For some reason, even though it only takes a minute to do that, I just don’t like to do it and I usually forget. I can go to the app to fill out the paper one, so that’s helpful. Try it for awhile and see if it’s a good fit for you or not. It’s free.

  • faeriefate
    1 year ago

    I have to keep migraine logs for my headache specialist, and I agree that seeing the frequency is depressing. Especially when you have an especially bad flareup and they get more frequent for a couple of months.

  • k_nelson author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for your response!

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi there K_nelson,

    I too agree with member Wero. While it can certainly be difficult seeing it in black & white the number of days impacted, we have heard from many community members that it does help to serve as a useful tool especially in regards to sharing important information with your doctor. Thanks for you question! -Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • k_nelson author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for your response!

  • Wero
    1 year ago

    Hi there, I used it last year for around 9 months. It just showed me what I already knew but didn’t actually help me manage any better. I suppose it is a good tool to keep records if you want to show your doctor. It can be a little depressing when you see the frequency of your headaches.

  • faeriefate
    1 year ago

    I have to keep migraine logs for my headache specialist, and I agree that seeing the frequency is depressing. Especially when you have an especially bad flareup and they get more frequent for a couple of months.

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