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a tracker specifically for migraine sufferers would really be great.  the mood tracker really doesn't work quite well enough.
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10947 tn?1281404252
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll be launching a pain tracker soon and hopefully this will meet the needs of those suffering from migraines.

Thanks,
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612876 tn?1355514495
I already posted about a migraine tracker in a separate post, sorry.  But I'll add it here since there was already a thread started for it that I had overlooked.  (Again, I apologize for not looking more closely.)

Migraine is actually a brain disease that is more complex than headaches.  The rarer forms of migraines can occur without headache and, indeed, devoid of pain entirely!  An episode of migraine could consist entirely of visual disturbances, weakness, paralysis, or vomiting.  I feel very strongly that migraine is a unique disorder and that it really should have its own tracker because of these distinct symptoms.  If you want to know more what I'm talking about, look up the definitions of basal, hemiplegic, or abdominal migraines.  Sometimes these bizarre neurological symptoms can occur in the absence of headache but it is still a migraine.  These types of migraines are very difficult to diagnose (they can be mistaken for stroke, for example) and it is vital that the symptoms be tracked closely so that triggers can be identified.  Ideally a tracker for migraine would have a place to check of likely culprits for triggers which include scents like perfume, cigarette smoke, cleaning supplies, possibly even foods--which wouldn't make much sense to put in a pain tracker I would think.  Other triggers are allergens like mold, grasses, pet danders, dust--again, not usually things that trigger other types of pain.  From a medical standpoint, migraine is a disease of the brain, not a headache.  

Maybe reading a little of this would give you a better idea:
http://www.*************.com/migraine/types-of-headaches-38571-5.html

I apologize if I sound pushy.  I would be happy to help with the development of the tracker if there is some portion of the development that I would be capable of assisting with.  I'm not a programmer, but I am willing to help however I can.
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612876 tn?1355514495
the URL is  health central . com
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10947 tn?1281404252
Thanks for the suggestion. Sorry, I responded to the other post first, but now I see what you mean by migraines being very different from pain. We'll do some more research into this and let you know if we'll be combining the two trackers into one or creating a specific one for migraines. The complicating issue is that someone who has migraines with pain will want to use the pain tracker.
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612876 tn?1355514495
What if there were a check box on the pain tracker for migraine and if you checked that box it opened up a whole huge section for migraine-related stuff?  That way the migraine tracker could be within the pain tracker but people who had other pain wouldn't have to be overwhelmed with all that extra stuff?  And if you do have migraine, it would be integrated into the pain tracker, so you would track the pain part of migraines right there in the pain tracker and the additional migraine symptoms/triggers/etc in the additional menus that would pop up when you checked migraine?
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10947 tn?1281404252
The pain tracker is now available. To add it, go to My MedHelp, look for your trackers shortcut panel, and click Add a Tracker. The new pain tracker will be listed as an option. Thanks for the suggestion!

We're still researching the migraines/headache tracker. We'll let you know when that's available.

-MedHelp
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10947 tn?1281404252
The Migraine Tracker is now available. You can add it from the Migraines & Headaches Community.

http://www.medhelp.org/trackers/list/89

Thanks,
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