The Best Migraine iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Tech to Treat Your Pain

    Tech to Treat Your Pain

    Migraines are no joke. People with migraines suffer debilitating pain that can stop them from enjoying anything until they finally find comfort. That’s why migraine patients need as many resources at their fingertips as possible.

    Many of these apps act as journals or diaries, so you can learn what triggers your headaches. Some even work to help you sleep or relax through aural triggers. Help is as close as your pocket with these apps.

    Read on to learn about all the ways technology can help relieve headaches. 

  • Headache Diary Lite

    Headache Diary Lite

    Android – 4.1 stars with 3,529 reviews – Free

    Headaches may seem commonplace enough, but recurring pain calls for investigation. Give Headache Diary Lite a try if you experience frequent headaches. This app will help you keep track of when your headache starts, where it’s located, what medicine you took to help ease the pain, and more.

    Your information is used to create personalized charts and spreadsheets that can easily be downloaded as PDFs. Examine patterns and make lifestyle changes as necessary, or bring these charts to your doctor for further analysis. This diary is a wonderful way to stay organized and informed about your head health.

  • Food Diary

    Food Diary

    Android – 4.2 stars with 78 reviews – $0.99

    Whether you suspect that you have a food allergy, your days are punctuated by headaches, or you’re on a new diet, you’ve probably kept a food diary at some point. But how often do you actually break out the pen and paper and jot down your daily intake? With Food Diary, you can keep all of your dietary information with you at all times. Enter what you’ve eaten, when you ate it, and any symptoms you experienced as a result.

    With this app, you can easily search for foods you’ve previously eaten to remind yourself how you felt afterward. And you can even export all of the data as a PDF to print out for your doctor or dietician.

  • SleepBot

    SleepBot

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 711 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.2 stars with 27,819 reviews – Free

    Here’s an app so easy you can use it in your sleep—literally. SleepBot tracks the hours you spend in the dream world, recording movement and sound for a detailed catalogue of your sleep habits. A handy Smart Cycle Alarm function will wake you up at a time that’s least disruptive to your sleep cycle, allowing you to get the best rest you can.

    For sleep-talkers, there’s a way to playback what you said while you were dozing. You can use this app as an alarm or as a comprehensive tracker of your sleep habits. Either way, you’re bound to get better zzzs. 

  • Period Calendar/Tracker

    Period Calendar/Tracker

    Android – 4.7 stars with 896,353 reviews – Free

    This app provides an easy way to keep track of your menstrual cycle. Use Period Calendar/Tracker to keep a log of when you start your monthly flow and any symptoms you experience. You can track 43 symptoms and 64 moods. And don’t worry, you can go back and change your entries if you want. You can also keep track of your weight and temperature, cervical mucus, and intercourse.

    This calendar is easy to update, and the cute design helps compensate for the fact that you’re writing about your least pleasant week of the month. Get this app and stay on top of your menstrual game. Period.

  • Relax Melodies

    Relax Melodies

    iPhone – 4.0 stars with 33,891 ratings –  Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 45,695 reviews – Free

    For many of us, the soundtrack to our daily lives includes plenty of unpleasant noises, from traffic to coffee grinders. When it’s time to sleep, however, those aren’t the sounds you want running through your head. Relax Melodies lets you customize a playlist that is sure to soothe you to sleep, whether through ocean sounds, city ambience, or monk chants. You can even mix these sounds together for your own personal soundscape!

    Try using this app while engaging in other relaxing activities, such as practicing yoga or getting massaged. If you need a sonic escape, this may be it.

  • Acupressure: Heal Yourself

    Acupressure: Heal Yourself

    iPhone – 3.0 stars with 26 ratings – $1.99

    Acupressure is the ancient healing art of using fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Sounds tricky, doesn’t it? Well, you can learn how to do it to yourself! With Acupressure: Heal Yourself, you can learn over 90 point combinations to treat a variety of symptoms and ailments.

    The app is easy to navigate, and includes categories such as stop addictions, pain relief, and circulatory disorders. With Heal Yourself, the power of healing is literally at your fingertips!

  • Med Helper Pill Reminder

    Med Helper Pill Reminder

    iPhone – no ratings – Free

    Android – 4.3 stars with 1,901 reviews – Free

    It’s difficult to remember when it’s time to take a daily dose. If you have multiple medications that need to be taken at different times, or if you’re caring for more than one person, it’s even harder.

    With Med Helper Pill Reminder, you can keep track of all of your medications, upcoming doctor appointments, and reminders when it’s time to refill your prescriptions in one place. This app is especially useful for caregivers because it allows for multiple profiles. An easy-to-use export feature is included so you can share detailed reports.

  • Manage My Pain Pro

    Manage My Pain Pro

    Android – 4.4 stars with 335 reviews – $3.99

    When you know there’s something wrong with your body but don’t know what it is, a good first step is checking in with yourself. Keep track of any recurring pain you experience by logging information on how you feel, when and where pain occurs in your body, and medical and personal characteristics. Manage My Pain Pro has helped thousands of people do just this.

    Through tracking pain, you’ll be able to better understand your condition. And by sharing your information with other users, you can find support and advice from those who can relate to what you’re going through.

  • Brainwave Tuner

    Brainwave Tuner

    iPhone – 4 stars with 174 ratings – $2.99

    Android – 4.1 stars with 349 reviews – $3.99

    Do you have trouble focusing? Sleeping? Relaxing? This may be the app for you. Brainwave Tuner works by generating tones that change your brain frequency toward your desired state. Use it to help relieve headaches, enhance creativity, or bring you closer to the edge of consciousness (really—there’s a formula for that).

    For those who get anxious or easily distracted, this can be an extremely helpful tool. Whether you need to study or you’re looking to meditate, Brainwave tuner can put you in the right mind state.

  • Binaural Beats

    Binaural Beats

    Android – 4.4 stars with 5,072 reviews – Free

    There is some truth to “mind over matter.” The Binaural Beats app proves this, using audio to produce subtle changes in behavior and brain frequency. If you have trouble focusing or relaxing, this may be a good one to try out. Likewise, if you suffer from insomnia, Binaural Beats can help lull you to sleep.

    Binaural Beats also comes with an active user community. Users give feedback and even contribute sounds and graphics. As many as half a million users have downloaded Binaural Beats. One reviewer even called it “the best app ever.”

  • My Migraine Triggers

    My Migraine Triggers

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 26 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.8 stars with 53 reviews – Free

    Migraines can be such a pain! The makers of Excedrin Migraine understand that, so they’ve teamed up with neurologists to create the My Migraine Triggers app. This app provides a place for you to keep notes on your migraines. It prompts you to rate the pain, chronicle the duration and location, and track what you’ve eaten.

    Migraines can set in up to 48 hours after a trigger occurs. Use this app to track your triggers and other migraine details, and make a chart of potential triggers to send to your doctor. 

  • iHeadache

    iHeadache

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 325 ratings – Free

    Have you ever had your doctor ask you questions about your recurring headaches and found that you couldn’t quite answer them? It’s hard to remember just when and where a headache occurred, but this is valuable information that your doctor can use. Download iHeadache and log all of your migraine info in one place.

    The app asks you questions about medications you’re taking, how long the headache lasted, and how disabling it was. Based on your answers, iHeadache will classify your headache as a migraine, probable migraine, tension headache, or unclassified headache. Now when your doctor asks, all you have to do is pull out your device!

  • Headache Diary

    Headache Diary

    iPhone – 4 stars with 43 ratings – $1.99

    The Headache Diary (also known as ecoHeadache) is an easy-to-use, all-purpose app for tracking anything related to your headache. Make note of how painful the headache was, when it happened, treatments you’re undergoing, and more to gain insight into your condition.

    The app was designed with feedback from many users. One satisfied customer called this “the migraine app I've been looking for.” The more you know about your headaches, the easier it will become for you to control them. 

  • Migraine Radar

    Migraine Radar

    Android – 4.3 stars with 30 reviews – Free

    Keeping track of your migraines is one thing, but keeping track of everybody’s is another! Migraine Radar, the free Android app developed by the research group Analytical Information Systems at Hof University, is trying to do just that. The group is currently conducting a study on the potential link between changes in weather and time of day and the occurrence of migraines.

    Those who participate can choose to remain anonymous. App features include an overview of the project and maps of areas with high concentrations of migraine sufferers. Use Migraine Radar to get involved with this great study if you’re interested in furthering migraine research or tracking migraine trends.

  • No Headache

    No Headache

    Fighting migraines doesn’t have to be a headache. Simply download the apps you need. Then use them to track migraines and medications, and treat your pain with sounds and touch-points.

    Whether your migraine therapy plan requires a food diary, sleep tracker, or acupressure tips, your device is bound to offer an answer. Get the most out of your phone or tablet by downloading one of these helpful apps.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these migraine apps based on their potential to aid people with migraine problems. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to help people with migraines.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

References:

  • Mcfadden, K. L., & Hernández, T. D. (2010). Cardiovascular benefits of acupressure (Jin Shin) following stroke. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 18 (1), 42-48.
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