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Tech to Treat Your Pain

Migraines are no joke. People with migraines suffer unbearable pain that can prevent them from enjoying anything until they find comfort. That’s why people who get migraines 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 symptoms. Some even work to help you sleep or relax through aural triggers. With these apps, help is right in your hand.

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

Migraine Buddy

iPhone rating:
5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Migraine Buddy takes tracking your headaches to the next level. The app was designed by neurologists and data scientists to help you get specific information about migraine patterns. You can identify triggers, monitor symptoms, list medications, and track your headache’s duration and intensity.

The app will take you through a questionnaire and then store all of your answers. You can also add custom questions and make notes. After you’ve logged everything, Migraine Buddy generates an easy-to-read summary of your data. You can then use this information to figure out how effective different treatments are for your headaches.

Relax Melodies

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

From annoying roadwork construction to irritating coffee grinders, the soundtrack to our daily lives includes plenty of unpleasant noises. 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’s sure to soothe you to sleep. You can even mix some of the sounds together — like ocean waves, city ambience, and monk chants — to create your own personal soundscape!

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

Manage My Pain Pro

Android rating:
4.5 stars $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. With Manage My Pain Pro, you can 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.

With this tracking system, 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.

Binaural Beats Therapy

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Using audio to produce subtle changes in behavior and brain frequency, the Binaural Beats Therapy app proves that there’s some truth to “mind over matter.” If you have trouble focusing or relaxing or suffer from insomnia, this may be a good app to try out.

Binaural Beats Therapy also comes with an active and engaged user community. Users give feedback and even contribute sounds and graphics.

Food Diary

Android rating:
4 stars $0.99

At some point, you’ve probably either been asked or decided to start a food diary. Remembering to write everything down, however, is easier said than done: How often do you actually have a pen and paper next to you so you can jot down your daily intake? With Food Diary, you can keep all of your dietary information with you at all times. Enter what you ate, 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. You can even export all of the data as a PDF to print out for your doctor or dietitian.

BrainWave Tuner

iPhone rating:
4 stars $2.99
Android rating:
4 stars $3.99

Do you have trouble focusing? Sleeping? Relaxing? Brainwave Tuner may be the app for you. It 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.

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.

Headache Diary (ecoHeadache)

iPhone rating:
4 stars $2.99

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

The app was designed with user feedback in mind, so it’s bound to help you, too.

My Migraine Triggers

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars 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 your pain, chronicle the duration and location of your migraine, and track what you’ve eaten.

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

iHeadache

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars 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 phone!

Acupressure: Heal Yourself

iPhone rating:
3 stars $1.99

Acupressure is a form of ancient therapy that uses pressure from the fingertips 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!

Migraine Diary

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Free

When it comes to treatment, the more information your doctor has, the better. Migraines are no exception. Migraine Diary, developed by Patient, lets you record even the little details about your headaches, including whether there was an aura and if the headache made you feel sick. You can then share this information with your doctor at your next appointment, which will help them figure out what’s working and what’s not. The app was created by Patient.co.uk, so it also provides tips from the health website about treatments and prevention.

MedZam Headache Migraine Symptom Checker and Free Diary App

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Free

Headaches can be caused by any number of reasons or conditions. If you don’t normally get headaches, a migraine can hit you especially hard. You may have no idea what caused it or what to do. MedZam was designed by doctors to help you figure out what type of headache you’re having in the moment. The app will ask you a series of “yes” or “no” questions, which can help you determine whether or not you need medical attention.

Once the MedZam has identified your headache, the app will offer lifestyle suggestions that may help. You can also keep a digital journal logging specific details about each headache. The app will store all of your information so you can share it with your doctor.

No Headache

Fighting migraines doesn’t have to be a headache. Simply download the apps you need and use them to track your 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

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 imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.