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Week of November 12, 2012

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New mobile app helps migraine sufferers track and analyze pain

A new iPhone app developed at U-M lets migraine or facial pain patients easily track and record their pain, which in turn helps the treating clinician develop a pain management plan.

Dr. Alexandre DaSilva, director of the Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (H.O.P.E.) at the School of Dentistry and one of the project developers, said the app will help people with migraine, temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and other types of facial nerve pain.

Such pain can change over time, have multiple triggers, or the same patient might respond differently to the same treatment from one attack to the next. But to develop a successful pain management plan, the researchers say it’s crucial that patients, especially migraine sufferers, relay this information to physicians. However, it can be difficult to keep a pain diary in the midst of an attack.

DaSilva said PainTrek makes it easy: Patients just screen tap a 3-D skull to pinpoint pain location and answer questions regarding pain intensity, external influences and other factors.

The app was developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod platforms. The Apple app store will tentatively release the free app in November. The app was co-created by Eric Maslowski with collaboration from Stephanie O’Malley, Sean Sheehan and Sean Petty, all from the U-M 3D Lab.

READER COMMENTS (2) POST A COMMENT 
Posted by University Record | Nov 13, 2012
Hello Eidilia, Yes, researchers plan to release PainTrek for other platforms. As soon as they release it in the app store in few weeks, they plan to adapt it for the Android mobiles.
Posted by Eidilia Thomas | Nov 12, 2012
I am a life-long migraine sufferer. Will you be developing this app for the Android market? That's the only way I would be able to use it. Thank you.


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