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My Experience with the Migraine Buddy App

I initially downloaded the Migraine Buddy app to have a consolidated, easy way to share my migraine journaling with my healthcare providers.

My migraine notes were scattered or lost and trying to record in the midst of a migraine is essentially impossible.

Over the course of a few months, I’ve found the app quite helpful.

There are many ways to customize it and even when photophobic, I can usually click “record an attack” and fill in the details later.

Personally, the app has made me much more aware of my triggers. Throughout the day as I make entries into the daily tracker, I can see the potential for migraine looming in a more cognizant way than before. I’ve become more likely to say “Wait, I’ve already encountered three triggers today, I really should pass on meeting friends at the restaurant tonight.”

I’ve also grown more aware of my own prodrome phase as I began to track symptoms before sensory overload and pain hit.

In paying better attention to my own patterns, I’ve been able to prevent some migraines from overwhelming me, either by changing activities or turning to medication sooner.

I still have sudden, bulldozer, hijacking migraines. Without becoming a hermit, these will likely continue.

The app though keeps me from “pushing through” or ignoring early migraine warning signs. It has brought to my awareness prodrome and aura symptoms I was experiencing, but had failed to connect to subsequent migraine head pain, sensitivities, gi distress, and cognitive impairment. The condition is so complex!

It’s almost become a game, in that I want to see my migraine average pain and length go down. It might be silly, but seeing my statistics motivates me to take better care of myself.

The data analysis has been insightful. I now realize just how much I was minimizing my own condition! The awareness and acknowledgement has been empowering.

Overall the app has generally reinforced what I already knew, what my triggers are, what therapies are most helpful, etc. But the ease of recording and the analysis have been helpful in making me more aware of the earliest stages of a migraine (when possible) and thus empower me to take steps to treat the migraine before it becomes to disabling to care for myself.

I’m still months away from being able to see the neurologist, so whether the app will help is that communication is yet to be determined, but I would recommend it for anyone still learning about their own headache condition (it offers cluster and tension headache tracking also) or wanting to keep records.

A feature to time stamp symptoms or triggers as they are clicked rather than a separate notes page would be nice, but overall I find it a useful tool.

What about you? Do you keep migraine records? If so in what form and for what purpose? Has it been helpful?

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Comments

  • Tom Picerno moderator
    2 months ago

    I’ve been using the migraine buddy app for about 2 years and I too find it very helpful. I like the fact that it allows the tracking of the full scale and cycle of an attack. Even when I’m not at my best I can still get a good snapshot of what each migraine looks like.

  • glassmind author
    2 months ago

    I like the cycle element, too, but would rather track prodrome, aura, migraine, and postdrome as 1 attack with better timestamping for the phases. When recorded as seperate events it changes the analytics. It is nice to be able to note them seperately if only one occurs (such as heading off a migraine at the prodrome stage) or if one wants to seperate them.

    My phases tend to progress rapidly and aura symptoms persist into the head pain phase, so tracking them seperately is too complicated for my situation. My understanding is that all the phases are one event anyway.

    Which lends me much sympathy for folks with chronic migraine who may essentially always be experiencing some phase at any given time.

    I have been able to see that different triggers lead to different kinds and severity of migraine, which will likely help the dr in entering diagnostic codes as we struggle with the insurance accepting multiple coding.

    @Tom_Picerno, what do you find most helpful? I wonder if I would still be using the app after 2 years. Thanks

  • Tom Picerno moderator
    2 months ago

    Within the app I find the most helpful tool for me is being able to print the reports for my doctors to see. It helps them see what my attacks looked like when they occurred and opens up topics to discuss regarding the treatments we used or are planning on using.

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