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The Best Migraine Apps of the Year

 

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who live with migraine. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

There’s a good chance you or someone you know suffers from migraine — it’s the third most prevalent condition in the world, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. But despite its prevalence, people with migraine often cope in silence.

More than 4 million people deal with chronic daily migraine. But whether you experience migraine symptoms daily or just occasionally, the pain is inescapable.

Living with migraine involves treating the pain, but also tracking your symptoms to better control them. We’ve looked for the best apps for migraine sufferers and found some that’re indispensable in migraine management.

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Relax Melodies

Relax Melodies

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

When you’re in the throes of a migraine, the last thing you need is disruptive noise. Relax Melodies may have been designed to help people sleep, but it can provide just what someone with migraine needs, too: calming, soothing sounds that can lull you into a deep relaxation.

Acupressure: Heal Yourself

Acupressure: Heal Yourself

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

Pressure points are known to reduce pain and tension. They’re also known to promote relaxation. These things alone should catch the attention of folks with migraine. With Acupressure: Heal Yourself, users can select their symptoms and get precise instructions on how to apply soothing touch to pressure points throughout the body.

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Manage My Pain Pro

Manage My Pain Pro

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $3.99

Dive deep into data with this app. Manage My Pain Pro lets you track your symptoms. In turn, the app will deliver statistics, charts, and graphs to visualize patterns and trends you may not otherwise spot. The app even designs reports specifically made for you to share with your doctors.

BrainWave Tuner

BrainWave Tuner

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $3.99

Many reviewers of the Brain Wave Tuner app began as skeptics, only to be convinced of the app’s usefulness. According to the maker, they use brainwave frequencies to deliver sounds that can ease pain and stress and promote wellness and even memory. For people with migraine, there are three different headache treatments.

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iHeadache

iHeadache

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

When are your headaches most common? What’re you doing that could be exacerbating your migraine symptoms? Do your sleep or dietary patterns affect your migraine? iHeadache may be able to help you answer all of these questions by giving you feedback according to your symptom tracking. Input your symptoms, severity, duration, medications, and other details to help spot and remedy potential triggers.

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Migraine Buddy

Migraine Buddy

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

The makers of Migraine Buddy say the app is more than just a headache journal: It helps people identify the things that could be worsening or increasing the frequency of their symptoms. A questionnaire walks users through all of the important details of each logged entry. You can even find friends within the app to share your messages and symptoms with.

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Curelator Headache

Curelator Headache

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Tracking your migraine symptoms should be simple and effective. This app from Curelator manages to deliver both features in a clean interface. The app walks you through a few questions to help track your symptoms and identify patterns. We love that they even include weather details in an attempt to pinpoint anything that could be worsening your symptoms or increasing the likelihood of a migraine.

Migraine Diary

Migraine Diary

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

If you just want a simple way to track your migraine symptoms and triggers, this free Migraine Diary may be right for you. It offers many of the features of non-free apps, but in an effective yet frills-free format. Unlike many free apps, this one promises no advertisements.

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Migraine Relief Hypnosis

Migraine Relief Hypnosis

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Can your mind overpower your migraine? The maker of Migraine Relief Hypnosis believes so. The app is designed to teach users to self-hypnotize, ultimately providing relief from the debilitating pain of migraine. They say you can experience beneficial effects in a matter of a few weeks just by listening for 30 minutes a day.

Migraine eDiary

Migraine eDiary

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

Input your symptoms and Migraine eDiary turns that information into color-coded reports you can show your doctor. Track your symptoms, triggers, and medications with this app. View your history over a specific time period. You can filter the data and then send it out via email, too.

Headache Log

Headache Log

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Track your migraines, headaches, and more with this free app. You can view how many days you’ve been migraine-free and even input information that can help determine why. Add details like your pain intensity, location, duration, what you did to alleviate the pain, and how well that worked. Then, you can view what you’ve added in a calendar or in customizable reports and graphs.

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