New Migraine Buddy feature – My Triggers!

One of the most requested features mentioned by users on our Uservoice forum and app reviews is finally here! As of April 27th 2016, Android users of Migraine Buddy can explore the new trigger tracker called My Triggers.

 

What is My Triggers?

A good way to reduce the occurrence of migraines is to track potential triggers every day. Many of you have suggested an additional tracker to help with this so that it is possible to record triggers independently of migraines. There have also been requests of mood tracker, prodrome tracker, periods tracker and so on. With the release of My Triggers, Migraine Buddy now allows you to insert any of these you might want to track every day, without having to connect it with a migraine record!

 

What can I track?

It is good to track anything that you think may be causing your migraines. We have blogged about potential triggers several times in the past. There is a wide range of migraine triggers, from chocolate, alcohol, and bright lights to even weather changes and barometric pressure. Some of the default triggers available in My Triggers are as follows:

  • Processed food
  • Caffeine
  • Skipped meal
  • Anxiety
  • Physical exertion
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Weather
  • Stress
  • and so on…

If your potential migraine trigger is not available as default, there is the option to simply add a new trigger that will subsequently appear in the My Triggers screen the next time you record one. Triggers that you selected up to 3 days before the start of a new migraine record will also appear in the migraine wizard already highlighted.

 

Using My Triggers

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1.  When you enter the My Triggers screen, all the trigger icons show up as well as the weekly calendar view on the top. Select any of the triggers you wish to track for the day. This will change the icon you selected to a dark shade of blue. This corresponds to the blue that is color-coded on the calendar:

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2. Tap confirm to save changes.

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3. To add triggers for previous days, tap on the calendar date at the top. Then, tap on the icons as desired.

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If you tap on the calendar to go back to the present day’s triggers, you will see that the previous day’s triggers have turned red:

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This feature is color coded in shades of red so that it is easy to see your most recent triggers. The most recent trigger you selected appears the darkest. They are as follows:

  • dark red – triggers selected yesterday
  • medium red – triggers selected two days ago
  • light red – triggers selected three days ago
  • light blue – triggers selected four days ago
  • dark blue – triggers selected on the current day

If you go back to yesterday’s calendar tab, the colors of the triggers you selected immediately switch to blue, indicating that this is the current day you are selecting:

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The triggers you selected four days ago will appear in the lightest shade of blue:

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4. Adding new triggers

To add a new trigger, simply scroll to the end of the screen and tap on “Add New”. Enter your trigger and tap OK.

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Additional tip!

To get the most use out of this, you may wish to add more than one trigger out of each category you wish to track. For example, if you are tracking medication, instead of simply one icon for “Medication”, you may add the following:

  • took Topamax
  • did not take Topamax
  • unsure if taken Topamax

This will definitely help you in detecting patterns in your migraines if they are related to the effectiveness or your medication. The best part of this is the freedom to use it for a lot of other triggers so that it is personalized for the type of triggers that you are usually affected by. Feel free to explore it and add your own trigger icons, be it medication (include dosage), quality of sleep (whether you feel well rested or not), varying amounts of caffeine (1 cup, 2 cups, more), etc.

 

Recording a new migraine

The triggers that you have selected in My Triggers would be automatically selected for every new migraine record for the following 3 days. This means you would not need to edit this screen again as the triggers would already appear:

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Trigger reports

After updating My Triggers for 10 consecutive days, your common triggers will appear in your report that you can export on your own within the app. This would be really useful in preventing any future migraines or even detecting the effectiveness of your medication. This new report called ‘Likely triggers’ shows the likelihood of each trigger in causing a migraine. This is different from the usual Triggers report that shows the frequency of each trigger in relations to migraines recorded:

 

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NEW UPDATE RELEASED! (version 17.4)

A new feature on the My Triggers button is a search function that proposes triggers based on what you type, along with a clue on how many other users have tracked the same triggers!

 

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In the example above, adding a manual entry into My Triggers, e.g. Chocolate, shows that 2,411 other users have tracked it as a trigger. Good for users to know if what they are tracking is common! In addition, you can choose from eight new icons.

This version also allows you to “Catch” your triggers – this means you no longer have to track them anymore after identifying that they affect your migraines. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Tap on ‘Catch’, then tap and hold on the trigger that you have identified.

For example, you might have identified that stress is a migraine trigger for you.

 

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2. Tap on ‘Guilty’.

If you have caught that ‘Stress’ is a trigger for you, tap ‘Guilty’ (the red icon on the right).

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3. Trigger caught!

‘Stress’ appears on the ‘Best Catches’ screen in red – you no longer have to track it the next time you have a migraine.

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Alternatively… you might have identified that a trigger does not correlate with your migraines.

For example, you always enter alcohol as a potential migraine trigger but you found out that they don’t cause your migraines at all. You may follow the same steps above and tap on ‘Not Guilty’ instead (the blue icon on the left).

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It will then appear in the ‘Best Catches’ screen in blue. You will no longer have to track this as a potential trigger.

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This feature to catch your triggers is essential in ensuring you do not have to keep selecting the same icons every day – once it is identified (whether on your own or by the ‘likely and unlikely triggers’ reports), it will be one less thing to worry about in entering your migraine records! Since triggers vary greatly, all your Catches can be removed and added at any point of time.

Voila! We hope you like this latest update.

We hope this guide serves you well in navigating through the new additions to Migraine Buddy!

We are continuously looking to develop our features so we would love to hear feedback from our users on whether you like it or what needs to be improved. You can message us on Facebook or email to jenny@healint.com, or simply drop us a comment below. If you wish to support us and like what we are doing, 5-star ratings and reviews on the Google Play store really encourages our team to provide better and faster functions!

If you haven’t updated Migraine Buddy on your phone yet, do it now! This update will require you to allow the Play Store to update your app.