Since you are reading this, I presume that either you or someone important to you gets migraines and you are looking for an app that can help you. Well, you have come to the right place.
There must be an app for that!
I got the idea for MigraineMind while I was trying to find iPhone apps that could help my wife manage her migraines. I scoured the App Store for apps related to migraine, pain, headaches, chronic pain, diaries, etc...
Yes, there are many migraine apps
Although I found many apps, I was disappointed with most of them.
Now don't get me wrong. Most of those apps did what they claimed to do, namely:
- Allow you to track when you get migraines, your symptoms and your medications.
- Create reports from your diary represented as a list, a table and even sometimes graphics.
Yet there was something missing
There was a key element that those apps failed to address: when you get a migraine you are suddenly disabled. Your experience may vary, but here is how a migraine disables my wife:
- She becomes unable to think clearly.
- She has a difficult time expressing herself (both verbally and in writing).
- She also gets very tired and slow.
- As a result of this, she becomes easily frustrated.
- Then the pain kicks in, often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, sound and smell.
- At which point all she can do is retire to a dark quiet room and wait for the worst to pass.
Does any of this sound familiar? Of course it does. And this is why I was dissatisfied with the migraine apps I have found so far.
The kind of migraine app you need
- Migraine reduces your ability to think clearly. So a good migraine app should do most of the thinking for you. I have yet to see any app do that.
- When you are overwhelmed with migraine symptoms, you don't want to be fussing with an iPhone app (you're actually not likely to even think of it). So effective migraine diary keeping is most likely done after (the worst of) the migraine has passed. But what is the likelihood that you will remember to update it? A good migraine app should remind you. Admittedly, some apps try to, but not effectively.
- Another important problem is that keeping a migraine diary quickly becomes tedious. Many migraineurs start keeping a diary but soon give up on it. A good migraine app should encourage you to keep it up to date by making it a pleasant and rewarding experience.
After over twenty years of creating software for a big company, I had recently decided to start my own software company (Haptic Software). I knew I wanted to write iPhone apps, but I had not decided what kind of apps to build. I did have lots of ideas, but I had not settled on any of them. But my failed attempts to find a good migraine app for my wife made me realize I had found the perfect app for my new company to develop.
I would create the best migraine management app: MigraineMind.
A time for sharing
Since I started working on MigraineMind, I have learned a lot about migraine. I also know I still have much to learn. I intend to use this blog to share with you what I have learned.
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