Diary of migraine headache symptoms

It can be very helpful to note the date and number of migraines in a week or a month and bring this information to your treating doctor.  Useful things to note would be:

Time of onset of headache

Time treatment was given


Time retreatment was given if necessary

Plot life issues—menstruation, weather change, stress, missed meals, occurrence at night or “wake up headache.”

Side of head involved

Pain scale on 1-10

Associated features, nausea, drowsiness with medication, light or sound sensitivity.

This data could be noted on a simple piece of paper, a paper calendar, an ipad or smartphone, or…on a migraine app on your smartphone.

A list of top migraine apps is listed below:


iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

When are your headaches most common? What’re you doing that could be exacerbating your migraine symptoms? Do your sleep or dietary patterns affect your migraine? iHeadache may be able to help you answer all of these questions by giving you feedback according to your symptom tracking. Input your symptoms, severity, duration, medications, and other details to help spot and remedy potential triggers.

Migraine Buddy

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

The makers of Migraine Buddy say the app is more than just a headache journal: It helps people identify the things that could be worsening or increasing the frequency of their symptoms. A questionnaire walks users through all of the important details of each logged entry. You can even find friends within the app to share your messages and symptoms with.

Curelator Headache

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Tracking your migraine symptoms should be simple and effective. This app from Curelator manages to deliver both features in a clean interface. The app walks you through a few questions to help track your symptoms and identify patterns. We love that they even include weather details in an attempt to pinpoint anything that could be worsening your symptoms or increasing the likelihood of a migraine.

Migraine Diary

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

If you just want a simple way to track your migraine symptoms and triggers, this free Migraine Diary may be right for you. It offers many of the features of non-free apps, but in an effective yet frills-free format. Unlike many free apps, this one promises no advertisements.

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

Input your symptoms and Migraine eDiary turns that information into color-coded reports you can show your doctor. Track your symptoms, triggers, and medications with this app. View your history over a specific time period. You can filter the data and then send it out via email, too.

Headache Log

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Track your migraines, headaches, and more with this free app. You can view how many days you’ve been migraine-free and even input information that can help determine why. Add details like your pain intensity, location, duration, what you did to alleviate the pain, and how well that worked. Then, you can view what you’ve added in a calendar or in customizable reports and graphs.