Best Headache Tracker
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This might be the most annoying thing to do, but it can be really helpful: tracking headaches. As I right this, I'm tracking my first migraine in almost 3 months (the longest I've gone without a migraine since my accident 3 years ago.)
For a while I used the old fashioned paper and pen. Of course as a millennial, I like the connivence of using an app. There are a lot of apps out there for tracking headaches, but my favourite is Headache Diary Pro. It is available on Google and iTunes, and there is also a free version to start out with. Personally, for the pro, is the best $5.49 I've ever spent on an app.
Headache Diary Pro has a lot of features, which I will break down and let you know why they work for me:
1. Overview: The first section when you open the app. I really like the way this breaks down and summarizes how many headaches you've tracked, as well as the average intensity.
The different sections in this app are:
2. Fast Input: This is one of my favourite features of this app. When you are starting a headache, the last thing you want to do is be hanging out on your phone inputting all this data. You tap FAST INPUT, choose type of headache, side of head and intensity of pain. Boom, done. Once your headache is over and you can look at screens again, you can go into the entry (via DIARY tab) and edit in more details.
3. Input: To input a full detailed headache, tap the green DIARY tab, then the + button. In the DIARY tab, you will see a list of headaches you've tracked. The details you can add to the entry are endless, and help create wonderful graphs for other features in this app. Number 4 will show why tracking these details can be helpful.
Symptoms you can track:
- Time and Date
- Description Of Pain (migraine, throbbing, stabbing, etc)
- Location Of Pain
- Intensity Of Pain (1 - 10)
- Duration Of Pain
- Symptoms (aura, nausea, dizziness, etc)
- Triggers (stress, drugs, sleep, etc)
- Treatment (drug, dosage, effectiveness)
- Life Impact (low, moderate, high)
4. Reports: The REPORTS tab is probably my favourite thing about this app. With many different graphs to show the tracking of many different aspects, this can help avoiding certain triggers for example. One of the graphs tracks average days of week you get headaches. The screenshot to the left shows a long bar indicating most of my headaches come on Sundays. This warns me to take it easy on Sundays if possible to avoid any headaches.
Different reports are:
- Distribution on weekdays
- Average treatment effect
- Location of pain
- Type of pain
- Distribution over time
- Most common trigger
Headache Diary has a few other features, but these are the ones I use and like the best. Being able to track symptoms, treatments and how many headaches I get has really helped me manage them better. And if you do like the old fashioned paper and pen, there are lots of templates online to help you with that.
How do you track your headaches, or do you have another app that you think works better?