New Smartphone App Promises to Help You – and Your Doctor – With Migraine Diagnosis

October 16, 2016

shutterstock_422272438Accurate medical history is invaluable for any doctor in making the right diagnosis. They will need to know as much information as possible about the nature of your migraines. A doctor has usually had to rely mainly on what is reported to them by the patient. The hope is that having a 90-day map of all conditions surrounding your migraine from this app will give them better – and more – data to work with.

This is particularly the case with migraine and migraine sufferers. A new app, however, has been designed for doctor and patient alike. To take the guesswork out of when you’ll get a migraine, and to help your doctor diagnose a treatment that’s best for you.

The Curelator App
This week we learned about a new smartphone app coming to us from Curelator, Inc. out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The new Curelator Headache app may be one of the best tools you can use to ensure your doctor makes the right diagnosis of your migraine symptoms.

The app was developed in collaboration with the world’s leading neurologists. It’s designed specifically for people who suffer from two or more migraines per month and looking to find their particular triggers that increase their risk of attack.

The new app costs $50 for the premium version. However, many neurologists offer a coupon for it if you’re willing to submit your data anonymously for the company’s research. The research will be used to further help improve the app for other migraine sufferers.

Functionality
The app works by making a “map” of your migraine triggers.  It shows you first the factors that have no association with your migraines in a Personal Analytical report. To get an accurate portrait, you must track your symptoms and daily activities for 90 days, so the app will require an initial commitment.

The app also asks the known factors that trigger migraine. There are at the moment 70 possible factors that contribute to migraines. These factors range from caffeine intake to stress level, from sleep patterns to changes in weather, and bodily pain to eating habits.

Additional Features
Some of the factors may sound strange. This is because the goal of the app is not just to track common symptoms associated with migraines, but to also track other possible factors that may contribute to them based on personal testimonials yet without sufficient scientific evidence as of now. Another goal of the app is to gather sufficient data inputted by you, the sufferer, warrant a study on one these factors.

When you suffer a migraine, it’s hard to remember all the factors leading up to it. Sure, you might remember what happened that day or that week. This app, then, is aiming for a more accurate map for your doctor.

Migraine attacks are unique to each individual. The key to getting the best personal treatment of your migraine is in understanding the very personal aspects of each person’s experience.

At Migraine Treatment Centers of America, we hope to hear more from people who have used this app to discover their best treatment options.

Reference

  1. ‘Curelator Headache’. Accessed October 14, 2016. https://curelator.com/.

 

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