TiP Rating: 5/5
Release Date: May 19, 2011
Current Version: 1.0
Seller: GlaxoSmithKline PLC
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Link to app
App Store Description: Do you get migraine headaches? Migraine Notebook is a free app that can help you understand your migraines and what helps to treat them by keeping a journal of your symptoms, triggers, treatment(s), and more. Migraine Notebook also lets you easily share reports with your doctor, so you can work together to manage your migraines.
Summary: Quickly journal pain location, levels, symptoms, triggers and remedies for your migraines. Generate migraine history reports to share with your doctor.
Review: If you suffer from migraines, then you know how annoying and painful they can be. You also know how important it is to keep track of any triggers, the frequency and what you used to treat a migraine. Luckily the folks at GlaxoSmithKline made it easier to do all of the above.
If you can bare looking at your phone with a migraine, the app is surprisingly easy to use. The calendar and time default to the current, but can be adjusted if you’re updating post-migraine. On the homescreen, you’ll see an image of a head broken up into different quadrants. After you’ve selected the area of your head that is affected by pain, you’ll be asked to rank your pain from none, mild, moderate or severe. The user is then prompted to add details about their symptoms and possible triggers, which can be chosen from a list, or manually added.
In addition to symptoms and triggers, migraine sufferers can also update how much of an impact the migraine had on their day as well as the time frame, any medications or remedies taken. Both the triggers and remedies feature pre-populated lists, making it easy to check them off as you go. Of course, there is an area to add something that is not listed.
Other than recording your migraines, the app can generate past reports anywhere from 14 to 90 days old. The report, which can be emailed, comes in handy when discussing your migraines with a doctor.
The app was very user friendly and I loved the larger text and muted colors – this is especially thoughtful for anyone using the app while experiencing a migraine. It’s also important to note that GlaxoSmithKline does not store or transmit any of the information you document within the app.