Migraine Notebook makes keeping track less of a headache

Jun 20, 2011
Health

Migraines. If you’ve never had one, you’re lucky (also, why are you reading a review about a migraine app?), but if you’re like me you get them far too often. And, if you’re also like me, when it comes time to tell your doctor what’s been going on in your noggin, you have, of course, […]

Migraines. If you’ve never had one, you’re lucky (also, why are you reading a review about a migraine app?), but if you’re like me you get them far too often. And, if you’re also like me, when it comes time to tell your doctor what’s been going on in your noggin, you have, of course, forgotten to keep track of your migraine frequency and associated symptoms. GlaxoSmithKline has launched app Migraine Notebook for iPhone and iPod Touch, and its user interface will make you want to journal your pain, even when your head is splitting.

Journaling your migraine will only take a few seconds, and you’ll appreciate the large text and images when it feels like you can’t focus on anything. The time and date will default to the present, but you can always set the clock back if you’re tracking your migraine later. Notate the areas where you’re experiencing pain on the provided image and then hit next to select your pain level. On the final screen, you can enter details specific to this particular migraine. The symptoms list features common occurrences such as aura, blurry vision, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound, and you just have to tap each to check it off. Triggers include causes such as hormonal changes, dehydration, stress and caffeine. The app also lets you track how long your migraine lasts, how it affects your day, if you were taking any medications, and what remedies you tried in order to alleviate your pain. If you need, there’s a notes section for you to input further details. Hit done to save your migraine details, and then turn off the lights and sleep it off.

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When your migraine dissipates and you feel like staring at your iPhone again, you can view your entire migraine history in the journal section. Migraine Notebook also features a report generator for the past 14 to 90 days. These reports will show the number of migraines you’ve had, along with details such as how many times you had pain in your neck and the average level of pain, during the selected timeframe. The reports can be emailed from within the app, which makes it easy to share the information with your doctor.

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