Many thanks to guest contributor Sophia Madison for providing this helpful list of resourceful apps to help manage chronic pain.
Living with chronic pain includes finding resourceful tools, tips and support systems that help you manage not only the pain but also day-to-day inconveniences and struggles. Those with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia have good days, but they are vulnerable to having excruciatingly painful ones. There is no cure for chronic pain, so those who live with it focus on treating their pain and managing the lifestyle changes that the pain leaves in its wake. This is where technology comes in. Let’s explore the top 3 apps to help manage chronic pain.
My Pain Diary
This app allows you to record a pain score every day. It also allows you to track your pain vis-à-vis different conditions so you can find out which ones cause flare-ups and/or which ones cause changes to your pain score. All metrics are customizable as well, and you can personalize many specifics to your own needs. For instance, you can describe a particular sort of pain as burning or dull and then pinpoint its exact location.
Click here to learn more about My Pain Diary.
Catch My Pain
In many ways, Catch My Pain is the free and more visual version of My Pain Diary. It is a worthy alternative highlighted by a pain-localization feature. This feature lets you draw a human figure and then pinpoint the body part that is in pain. It also allows you to use colors to denote pain intensity. Perhaps just as important, it gives you access to support forums. Using this social aspect, which is unique to Catch My Pain, may help you find more ways to alleviate pain and to reduce your stress.
Click here to learn more about Catch My Pain.
Medisafe is medication tracker, making it a bit different from My Pain Diary and Catch My Pain. All you need to do is input all the medications you take and then set specific times when you need to take them. The app will then remind you — via a text on your phone— if it is time for you to take your medicine. It even provides a compliance report so you can review your medication routine and make improvements if need be.
Click here to learn more about Medisafe.
Sophia Madison is a physical therapist, part-time fitness instructor and freelance writer. She was active athlete during her high school days, but was forced to give up sports after rupturing both of her ACLs in consecutive years. She is currently dealing with early on-set arthritis on her knees, which causes her severe pain from time to time.
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