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BY-NC-ND 3.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 22, 2018

“MigraineMonitor” – Towards a System for the Prediction of Migraine Attacks using Electrostimulation

Andrea Stefke, Frauke Wilm, Robert Richer, Stefan Gradl, Bjoern M. Eskofier, Clemens Forster and Barbara Namer


Migraine attacks can be accompanied by many different symptoms, some of them appearing within 24 hours before the onset of the headache. In previous work, reduced habituation to an electrical pain stimulus at the head was observed in the pre-ictal phase within 24 hours before the headache attack. Based on these results, this work presents an application to track influence factors on migraine attacks and an Arduino-based control unit which replaces the traditional approach of manual electrical stimulation. The usability of both components of the project was evaluated in separate user studies. Results of the usability study show a good acceptance of the systems with a mean SUS score of 92.4. Additionally, they indicate that the developed control unit may substitute the current manual electrical stimulation. Overall, the designed system allows standardized repeatable measurements and is a first step towards the home-use of a device for establishing a new method for migraine prediction.

Published Online: 2018-09-22
Published in Print: 2018-09-01

© 2018 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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