iHeadache iPhone App

Yes, there is an iPhone app to track your headache!

Do you need an iPhone App to track your headache?

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 screen shots

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?


Comments

iHeadache iPhone App — 6 Comments

  1. Hi! I came across your blog and then I saw your post on iHeadache. I use iheadache too! I love it! The latest version for iphone & ipod touch has trigger tracking now. Have you upgraded? If not you should. It is so much easier to track my headaches with iHeadache than the old paper headache diary I used to keep. I emailed the developer (a neurologist/headache specialist) a month or two ago and asked about preventative tracking and they are developing a website that will sync with the app and the website will be able to track preventatives.

    • Hi Blaine! It’s great to hear that they have added the “trigger tracking.” I will definitely check it out. I think that it’s terrific that they are coming up with a way to add in the preventative tracking as well, as I think that is a major issue for me. New Daily Persistent Headache is resistant to medications and most of us are constantly trying new drugs for preventative as well as abortive.
      Thank you for the update and I’m glad to hear that the iHeadache app is working so well for you.

      • Amy, Have you tried a Haldol infusion for your NDPH? Dr. Loftus (co-developer of iHeadache) did a small study and published a poster presentation at the 2009 International Headache Congress. You may want to talk to your doctor about this.

        • Thank you, I will definitely bring this up with my doctor, as I have not tried the Haldol infusion. It is time (again ) for me to try some new treatments. I was doing well for awhile there and hoping to get by a little longer without taking anything. Thanks for the info!

  2. Hi Blaine and Amy,
    I am one of the developers of iHeadache. So glad you like our app! We are working on several changes to the app. I am uploading a new version to the Apple Store today that enables users to export their dairy to a spreadsheet. You can also now break the reports by 7 days time periods in addition to the 28, 30 and month options that already exist. It will probably be available to download next week or the week after. (Apple has to approve it.) Our next version after this one will hopefully include a calendar view and some charts.

    Thanks for supporting us and please let your physicians and fellow headache sufferers know about iHeadache. We have not paid for the development of iHeadache yet and all our proceeds are used to develop other tools (minus the part we give to charity). We are also working on tools (website not mobile) for chronic pain and multiple sclerosis.

    We are happy to send your physicians some iHeadache brochures so they can give them to patients. They can request them at http://www.betterqol.com/headache/md

    • Thank you so much for the detailed update! I’m looking forward to trying out the new features, though I have to admit that I wish I didn’t need this, if you know what I mean. 🙂
      I wish there was some way to incorporate a little bit of inspiration -something uplifting into the app to help lift our spirits while we are recording the pain. I still find it tough – and depressing – to have to keep track of how much pain I actually feel daily. The easier it can be, the better. Thanks for a great app!

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