Useful iPad Apps for Migraineurs

The past few weeks have been a nightmare for me. More days than not, I’ve been curled up in a cold, dark room by mid-afternoon or early evening, unable to do anything but watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix at a barely audible level. There’s been little energy for working, reading, or blogging. So, in an effort to put something out there for my readers, I’m posting a quick run-down of a few migraine apps I’ve found for iPad.

iHeadache – I’ve posted before about my love-hate relationship with migraine diaries. Luckily, this little app is always available, full of information, easy to use, and (best of all) unobtrusive. I use it to record the time, length, and severity of any migraine attacks, along with medications used (if any), suspected triggers, and level and length of disability. In addition to its use as a great logging device, this application can also generate useful reports to be printed out or emailed to health care providers.

iPeriod – While this app is designed to help track a woman’s monthly cycle and fertility, it also includes a handy “migraine” button under “symptoms,” which lets me see at a glance if and how my migraine attacks relate to my monthly cycle and my hormonal changes. Women who experience menstrual migraines might find this particularly helpful.

American Migraine Foundation App – This app includes a “diary” function, but that’s not why I use it. In addition to its easily accessible MIDAS Test assessment, the app streams AMF articles that keep users up-to-date on recent migraine-related news.

I think most of the apps are also available for the iPhone, but I’m not sure. If any readers out there have heard of or use an app not mentioned here for migraine management, I’d love to hear about it.

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