The Apps Every Migraine Sufferer Should Download Now

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Perhaps one of the scariest parts about suffering from migraines is not knowing when your next attack is going to take place. Even if you know what your usual migraine triggers are and do the best to avoid them, there are some factors that you can't really control, like the weather, your menstrual cycle, and to an extent, stress. So, it can sometimes feel like you're at the mercy of your migraines.
Using a smartphone app to log your symptoms, track any attacks, and monitor your medications is one way you can regain control over your body and migraines. Plus, having all of this information about your lifestyle at your fingertips will help you give your doctor or healthcare provider an accurate assessment of what went down before and after, so they can recommend the treatment that's most appropriate for you.
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There are a handful of helpful headache apps out there, but the key is finding one that's easy to use when you can't see through your migraine aura, feel like you're being stabbed in the head, and are vomiting everywhere. Ahead are the migraine apps worth downloading to hopefully prevent your next one from happening.
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N1 - Headache

In addition to tracking your triggers, the N1 Headache app maps out "protectors," which are things that decrease your risk of an attack, such as medications, caffeine, and exercise. If you're not sure what your triggers are, the app will make suggestions based on your diet, emotions, environment, and activities. One thing to keep in mind: N1 data is reviewed by experts and shared in clinical studies (the National Headache Society backs it), so make sure you read the fine print about privacy before signing up.

Price: $49.99 for a lifetime subscription. You can also ask your doctor or healthcare provider if they can get you a code to use it for free.
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Migraine Insight: Tracker

If you just started getting migraines (many people's peak in their 20s or 30s), then this easy-to-use app will help paint a clearer picture of what's happening. Each day, you're supposed to record your activities, foods, and medications, and it'll show you an hourly breakdown of how the different stimulants affected you over time. It's not as in-depth as other apps, but it's a good place to start.

Price: $4.99 to download.
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WeatherX Forecast

Those of us who get migraines when the barometric pressure changes will appreciate this app, which alerts you when there are going to be changes in your area. WeatherX also sells fancy rubber earplugs that you're supposed to use to reduce air flow and pressure on migraine days. Even if you don't try the earplugs, the app is worth downloading.

Price: Free.
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Migraine Buddy

Straightforward icons, helpful designs, and clear maps help you record and track your migraines. Unlike other tracking apps, this one includes your sleep schedule, and has a "bother me later" button, which allows you to delay prompts until your migraine has passed.

Price: Free.
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