Can New Smartphone Apps Help Migraine Sufferers?

Around 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, often brought on by triggers such as hormonal changes, lack of sleep, certain types of food or weather changes. But there is good news for those 38 million people – some relief may be here! Curelator Headache is a new app that can identify personal triggers and rank them by importance. It can also help by pinpointing behaviors that protect against an attack. David Dodick, director of headache medicine at Mayo Clinic, says apps like Curelator are more likely to benefit people whose migraines occur when several triggers stack on top of each other. Have you used one of these apps? Share with us and your friends!

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Can New Smartphone Apps Help Migraine Sufferers?
Can New Smartphone Apps Help Migraine Sufferers? | Mayo Clinic Connect
Around 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, often brought on by triggers such as hormonal changes, lack of sleep, certain types of food or weather changes.


I am not familiar with this procedure, however, a friend is having an implant that involves inserting some type of wire around her head and some type of regulator inserted in the back of her head. Her migraines are severe and are happening almost 24/7. We are praying that this works.

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I’ve been using this app for about 2 years now and find it really helpful. Definitely the best app i’ve used to date. The feedback I’ve received from the app is the most useful data I have and its way more accurate than the diaries I’ve kept in the past. Its really helped me work out what things in my environment are affecting my migraine and confirms that its usually not just one trigger but a combination of things. Realising just how much my mood changes can be a warning sign is also really helpful to know.
I also like the fact that the developers are listening to user feedback and updating and incorporating changes and requests. I love the blog posts they publish with updates on the findings. Its reassuring to read about other users and see how they are affected in similar ways to me.

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Hi there. I am wondering how this app work? We believe our son has severe migraines that present with sensitivity to light, loss of equilibrium, nausea/vomiting. The episodes last 3-4 days and then he's good for a little while, only to repeat the same episode. My son is 23 years old and has autism, cerebral palsy, and seizures in addition to migraines and he is non-verbal. I'm wondering if this app or any other app/device might help identify triggers and/or let us know when he's about to get a migraine.
Thanks!

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I've suffered from migraine most of my life and have found the two sources below to be the most helpful.
* The book Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz. I purchased my book at Mayo Clinic years ago.
* An excellent source online called "The Dizzy Cook".
I am so sorry your son has to go through this.❤️

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I'd like to add one more great source that might be of help called VEDA. You can find the website online, it has a lot of information, it's a vestibular disorders association but I've used a lot of the information like diet etc.for my migraines.

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I have use with success the method of Dr Moskowitz to put myself in remission of 16 years of daily migraines. I am free of daily migraines since 3 years and 4 months. The references to this method are in Dr. Normand Doidge book “The brain that heals itself “ and Dr. Moskowitz website Neuroplastix.com in the Therapeutics animations (2nd animation) . It takes perseverance and time of practice of the method (7 months in my case) but no more opioids, no more cortisone, no more Botox since then ! I have gained a new life!

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Thank you @macto and @genecool for your responses. I definitely appreciate it! I will follow the research information you provided. It has been an extremely difficult struggle, as everyone believed he was having some sort of gastric issue (he does have multiple GI issues) but we could never get a correct diagnosis. My son had another migraine the other day. Since seeing the doctors at Mayo, they did prescribe a migraine medication called Rizatriptan ODT 5mg. When the symptoms started, we gave him the 5mg dose and he laid down for a nap. Woke up and was still off balance, nauseous so as prescribed, we gave him a 2nd dose. The migraine started after breakfast and typically lasts 3-4 days. By the second dose, my son was able to keep water and a few crackers down (can never tolerate food in the first 36-48 hours). By morning, he was back to himself! I wouldn't be surprised if there was a vestibular component to this. He did do a month of sensory integration therapy 5 days a week in a clinic but that was years ago. May be time to look back into a possible sensory component. Any info you can share, I appreciate very much!!
Thanks!!
Kerry

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Another question if you don't mind. Has anyone used QueaseEase for nausea? I've read some reviews that Mayo clinic uses this to help with nausea but I'm a little skeptical. Thanks!

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Kerry,
Definately look into the vestibular aspect, both VEDA and Dizzy Cook diet recommendations. After many, many doctors the thing that helped me most was a hypoglycemia diet, no sugar, MSG, caffeine as recommended by a couple diets on VEDA website as well as omitting migraine causing foods from my diet.
I found diet can make a huge difference!
Mac

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Kerry,
Definately look into the vestibular aspect, both VEDA and Dizzy Cook diet recommendations. After many, many doctors the thing that helped me most was a hypoglycemia diet, no sugar, MSG, caffeine as recommended by a couple diets on VEDA website as well as omitting migraine causing foods from my diet.
I found diet can make a huge difference!
Mac

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Mac,
Thank you for responding so quickly! I have been on the VEDA website for a few hours. Tons of fantastic information and there are several providers in my area that address this. As far as diet, I believe very much in the changes it can have on someone's health. Keegan was dairy, casein, soy, wheat, gluten, and corn free for 7 years. I'm not familiar with the hypoglycemia diet but will definitely look into it. I haven't been able to to identify certain foods that could be triggers. It makes it difficult since Keegan can't tell me. He doesn't do caffeine, alcohol but he does have some sugar and I'm sure MSG is in a lot of things. Thanks for the input….I'll be researching the diet 🙂
Kerry

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Kerry,
Be sure to read the Heal Your Headache book by Burkholtz as it has so much great information on migraine, symptoms which may surprise you, diet, one of the best sources as well as VEDA. The Dizzy Cook also has a list of foods that are safe to eat.
The problem with vestibular is it's hard to diagnose!
Good luck, come back and let me know if any of these sources helped your son as they have helped me. ❤️❤️

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Hi Kerry, this is Jacque. I just wanted to touch base with you again and not "lose" you somewhere on this site. I am doing better, thanks to your suggestions. I haven't tried the stronger dosage of the Prunelax yet because I am still adjusting dosages and the mini tabs allow me to "play" with that. (I am thinking you were right on though,…..it seems I need more mg's.) I'll get through this "batch" that my husband bought for me and then try the higher senna content. I wanted to ask you if you knew the safety of prolonged use of this medication? I feel so much better using it than the Bisacodyl. I know Prunelax is a natural product vs the chemical in Bisacodyl, right? But I would still like to know if you have any information on the prolonged use. For example, I read that prolonged use of Miralax can affect the kidneys. And I wanted to thank you again for your caring guidance. It has been more help to me than any of the doctors I have visited. I'm grateful you have shared your knowledge and experiences with me! Jacque

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