Think you have Chronic Headaches? There’s an App for That!

Migraine App

February 26, 2013

When you visit any physician about a  headache condition, you can expect certain questions to pop up in some form: How often do you get these headaches?  What do you think triggers them?

And there you are… flipping through the blank pages in your mind, or if you’re more organized than that, a scribbled notebook, desperately trying to piece together the information that will enable your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis of a possible chronic headache or chronic migraine condition.

If you can’t provide this vital information, your doctor will have difficulty identifying the best treatment plan for your condition.  But now you can relax, because computer whizzes have designed apps for your smartphones and tablets that allow you to easily create an organized migraine journal.

One of the latest migraine mobile apps has been created by developers at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, for the purpose of helping individuals with various types of facial nerve pain, temporomandibular disorders and chronic migraines. We have discussed in past articles the importance of maintaining a migraine journal to track your chronic headaches or migraines, pain and various other information.  For many of you, this is more of a headache trigger and not practical when you’re in the throes of a migraine attack.  With the development of mobile apps for tracking this information, the journaling task is simplified greatly due to enhanced convenience, since we always seem to have our cell phones or tablets nearby.  This new app  works by simply tapping a 3D image of a skull to identify the location of your pain, and tapping to answer relevant questions about pain, triggers and other information.

While making the correct diagnosis for your headaches may be part science and part art, one thing is for sure: tracking your pain, symptoms and daily activities is the one part technology that may help determine whether you have chronic headaches, chronic migraines or some other headache condition.  The app which was created together by developers from the University of Michigan Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort and the 3D Lab, is available in the Apple store.  It may be worth checking out!

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