You may already know how I feel about tracking my pain levels on a daily basis. I don’t like to do it. I don’t like to focus on the pain because it makes it more difficult to tolerate.
There are some very good reasons to keep track of pain levels as well as how much medication I’m taking on a regular basis. I cannot commit to tracking my pain levels long-term (let’s not go overboard here), but for the sake of figuring out what medications are most effective I’m willing to try.
Of course, this will keep me from living in the state of denial, which (much like the states of New Mexico or Arizona) I find so incredibly inviting.
I don’t have an iPhone, but I do have a cute little iPod Touch that works just as well with the iHeadache App. Don’t fear BlackBerry users, there is a version for you too. Did you think you were getting out of it so easily?
Description of iHeadache (from the website):
iHeadache captures real-time information that will aid you and your physician in making an accurate headache diagnosis and optimizing your treatment plan.
iHeadache will help you track:
- Headache Symptoms
- Acute Headache Medications
- Length of Time Disabled
- Duration of Headache
- MIDAS disability scale
- Sends your reports to your doctor
Clearly, this application could be helpful in determining how well my current treatment is working. I wouldn’t have to depend on my (flawed) memory. I decided to give it a test run.
I also decided to ignore the MIDAS disability scale, because I always feel like I’m “failing” it! I refuse to consider anything about myself “highly disabled” as they so nicely put it. So there.
It does not (at this time) include preventative medication tracking, which I think would be very helpful and I’m hoping they will include in future versions of the application. It could also use a section for tracking triggers – all triggers – food, weather, stress etc. That would make it worth so much more (in my opinion).
Here is a little sample of how the iHeadache iphone app works. It is currently priced at $9.99.
What do you think? Is it worth your time, effort and money?