Risk Analysis Index
The Risk Analysis Index feature in Migraine IQ was developed to serve as a quantitative measure of how each users’ reported behaviors along with onboarding information (like reported triggers) might contribute to the onset of a migraine. This forecast is reported on a daily basis but depends on the users’ completion of the Daily Log questions in the app. This functionality will be a complement to the anticipated predictive risk-score that our machine learning scientists are working hard at developing.
The risk analysis index is calculated using your reported level of certainty regarding select behaviors or triggers and whether or not those have led to a migraine in your past.
We are using a matrix of your answers in the daily log which document your reported stress level, duration and quality of sleep, skipped meals, and whether or not you have eaten foods that are triggers for your migraines. And your level of certainty about whether these contribute to the advent or start of a migraine for you.
We will be adding additional questions in the future for females to help us include the possible additional trigger of hormone levels associated with their menstrual cycle that are documented in published scientific literature to have significant impact on some women’s likelihood of developing a migraine.
We will also be adding weather at your location and will factor the barometric pressure changes into the risk analysis index scoring.
After computing the daily calculations, we display your score scaled from 0 – 10 and display this as a risk level of low, medium, high, or very high likelihood of developing a migraine in the next 48 hours.
If your risk analysis index score is high or very high, we recommend evaluating your behavior and taking actions to support decreasing your risk. This could mean making sure you get good sleep, increasing your movement throughout the day, skipping any additional food triggers, or reducing your overall stress level. If your doctor has prescribed medication to stop a headache before it starts, the score could be a way to alert you to the need for the medication.