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A migraine is far worse than just a headache. It is intensely painful, makes you highly sensitive to light and sound, and often induces nausea. If you suffer from migraines regularly, there are a few tools to help deal with them.

As with any medical condition, we urge you to first seek a doctor’s opinion and advice, even if you know how to research health issues online How to Research Health Issues: The Best Alternatives to Dr. Google How to Research Health Issues: The Best Alternatives to Dr. Google Is Google a reliable source for researching health issues? Can you trust it? If not, which are some of the most trustworthy alternatives for health related information? Read More . Migraines are subjective, so it’s best to ask a professional about the impact these tools can have on you.

1. Migraine Buddy (Android, iOS): The Smart Migraine Journal

Migraines can be triggered by several causes, from how much you sleep to what you eat. This is why doctors encourage migraine sufferers to maintain a journal. Your job will be much easier with Migraine Buddy, a smart migraine journal built by a team of neurologists and data scientists.

The app encourages you to track several aspects of your headache. You can use it during the migraine or after it. Add factors like when it started and how long it lasted for, the pain level, whether you took any medication for it, where you were when it started, and so on. Migraine Buddy also automatically tracks your sleeping hours Can An App Really Help You Sleep Better? Can An App Really Help You Sleep Better? I've always been a bit of a sleep experimenter, having for much of my life kept a meticulous dream diary and studied as much as I could about sleeping in the process. There are a... Read More .

With all this data in one app, you will gain insights into what’s causing your migraines, and hopefully prevent them. The app also generates neatly formatted reports that you can share with your doctor.

Download — Migraine Buddy for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

2. Migraine World Summit’s Tools (Web): A Comprehensive List of Migraine-Fighters

The Migraine World Summit is a gathering of some of the world’s leading experts on this disease. It’s a good idea to sign up for this anyway, but what’s cooler is that attendees made a list of tools to fight migraines.

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The list is divided into sections that target specific parts of the migraine experience, like battling an acute migraine attack or preventing migraines altogether, or factors like sleep, vision, hydration, and so on. You’ll find apps, books, exercises, advice, and a whole lot of other useful tips here. Remember, these are all advised by people who have been suffering from migraines themselves.

These are tips you might not see otherwise. For example, some clinical studies have found that the right dose of ginger can abort a migraine, so you might want to eat ginger sweets and candies.

3. Palouse Mindfulness (Web): Free Course for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Researchers have found that a particular type of meditation can help some migraine sufferers. The study also found that all migraine sufferers can safely practice this meditation exercise with no adverse effects. It’s called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

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We’ve previously featured mindful meditation apps to improve your life 6 Mindful Meditation Apps That Will Improve Your Life 6 Mindful Meditation Apps That Will Improve Your Life Living a more mindful live through meditation can have amazing positive effects. Give it a try with these apps. Read More , but MBSR is slightly different. Dave Potter, a certified MBSR instructor, created an eight-week course that anyone can take for free. You’ll find videos, practice sheets, yoga demonstrations, research material, and more.

The extensive FAQ section should answer any queries you might have. Potter advises that taking an MBSR course in person would be better, but this is still a good alternative.

4. Binaural Beats Therapy (Web, Android, iOS): The Right Sounds for Migraines

A few studies have suggested that migraine sufferers should listen to binaural beats therapy (BBT). You’ll need headphones for this one.

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BBT plays two tones, one in each ear. The tones are similar, but at different frequencies. When your brain hears these two “similar but different” tones, it forms a third, imaginary tone of its own. This is called a binaural beat. BBT puts the mind in a relaxed state and helps in meditation too.

We’ve featured a few binaural beats apps for Android 5 Apps To Tune Your Brain With Binaural Beats [Android] 5 Apps To Tune Your Brain With Binaural Beats [Android] Being heavily interested in areas of fringe science and technology, I am always intrigued and fascinated by any claims of technology affecting biology, or the other way around. It goes without saying that I am... Read More , but the internet is full of such free apps, so pick any that you like. Here are a few you might want to try.

WebsiteBinaural Beat Machine
DownloadBinaural Beats for iPhone and iPad (Free)
DownloadBrain Waves for Android (Free)

5. Adult Coloring Books (Web, Android, iOS): Unproven Cure With Lots of New Fans

Adult coloring books are a new relaxation craze, but can they also help migraine sufferers? There are no studies about this yet, but a number of people on the internet have commented that it helps them.

You can try it out for yourself with Colorfy, a free coloring app for adults. It’s an offline app designed for grown-ups, so the pictures are more complex than what you’d find in a kid’s coloring book. You’ll even get mandala pages to relieve stress Relieve Daily Stresses with Beautiful Free Mandala Coloring Pages Relieve Daily Stresses with Beautiful Free Mandala Coloring Pages Lower your daily stress levels with this traditional Budhist practice. Mandala coloring pages combines mindfulness with the wonderful benefits of creative coloring. Download the best mandala coloring pages from these sites. Read More .

Download — Colorfy for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

Apps haven’t worked for a few people, but actual coloring books have. You can grab one from Amazon, but if you want to experiment first, there are coloring sites for adults with free printables Coloring for Adults: The Best Websites for Free Printables Coloring for Adults: The Best Websites for Free Printables The Internet is lauding coloring as the latest way to de-stress after a hectic day. Head to these free printable websites if the idea just lit a fire. Read More .

What Helps the Most With Migraines?

Migraines don’t have a cure, as such. But hopefully, the above methods can offer some relief, and maybe help you prevent them. In your experience, what helps the most when you have a migraine?

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  1. Shawn
    May 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I know they're over sold currently, but I use an essential oil for migraines. Really seems to help!

    • Josh
      May 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Which ones do you use?

      • Shawn
        May 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

        They are from a company called "Doterra"
        1. For Migraines and regular headaches there's a blend called "Past Tense"
        2. For some headaches Peppermint Oil. It's 100% pure so it is strong.
        I generally just rub the oil where it hurts; lobes, temples, etc.
        Peppermint is also good for tendonitis & upset stomach too. Both are fairly inexpensive.

        A simple message on a FB group and you would find 20 ppl who sell it.

        • Josh
          May 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm

          Thanks Shawn!