Tech’s Effects on Chronic Headaches

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January 15, 2015

Once a year ‘Apple fever’ sweeps not only the nation, but also the entire world it seems. We aren’t talking about the fruit, but rather the tech giant. If you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines in Houston, Madrid or Tokyo doesn’t this event just overwhelm you with mixed emotions? On the one hand you can’t live without your desktop, tablet, mobile devices etc. but on the other hand, using them for hours each day triggers your pain and nausea. The truth is, while tech products have some negative effects on migraine and headache sufferers, they also provide some wonderful positives as well.

Apps designed to track triggers can help you understand your chronic headache or migraine condition better. When the specialist treating your migraines asks you specific questions about your headaches, you will be ready with all of the information at your fingertips. After all, for most of us, our smart phones and mobile devices, packed with vital data, are constantly by our side.  Some of these apps include:

  • My Migraine Triggers: developed for Android by Excedrin, the maker of over the counter migraine medicine, provides a way to keep notes about your headaches and creates a chart of your possible triggers.
  • Food Diary: developed for Android, this app tracks everything that you eat to help identify possible food allergies that may trigger headaches.
  • Period Calendar/Tracker: another Android app that keeps track of menstrual cycles, which can help women monitor menstrual migraines.
  • Acupressure Heal Yourself: this iPhone app shows you how to apply acupressure on yourself to ease pain.
  • iHeadache: developed for iPhone, this app allows you to record your chronic headaches or migraines as they occur. You can log medications and responses along with the pain level of the headache.

Common concerns about the effects of technology on headaches include eyestrain from staring at computer, smartphone and tablet screens all day long. Another headache trigger is neck strain from staring down at these screens when texting, typing or reading. Taking frequent breaks can help alleviate these effects. If your tech triggered headaches or migraines in Houston, New York or Silicon Valley are increasing in frequency or intensity, you may need to consider scaling back on your bandwidth.



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