4 Easy Ways to Track Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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ways to track your fibromyalgia symptoms

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to track your symptoms. Tracking is an important tool in your treatment, as it provides a level of detail that can enhance communication with your doctor and allow him or her to develop a more effective treatment plan. You may find that tracking allows you to express your feelings as you cope with the challenges of fibromyalgia. Finally, because progress can be incremental, tracking allows you to see how far you’ve come. Here are four tools you can use to track your symptoms.

Keep a Written Journal

You don’t need a smartphone or even a computer to get started with tracking — you just need a pen and paper. One benefit of keeping a fibromyalgia journal is that you can structure it any way you like. You may want to create a list of frequent symptoms and rate them from 1 to 10 based on how severe they are on a given day. Or, you might prefer to write long-form entries about the emotions you’re experiencing.

Whatever format you choose, try to focus on what triggers your symptoms and what techniques and strategies you find most helpful in alleviating them. Try setting daily or weekly goals for yourself, and track your progress in achieving them.

Chronic Pain Tracker

If you prefer to use an app to track your symptoms, you have several choices. Chronic Pain Tracker offers a range of helpful features for iOS users, including 19 modules for specific things like pain triggers, onset speed, and color-coded indicators for pain location and intensity. Graphs and milestones give you a visual representation of your progress.

When it’s time to see your doctor, you can print entries directly from the app, share them via email, or export and synchronize them via Dropbox.

FibroMapp

Android users have an excellent symptom-tracking option in FibroMapp. It offers tracking for specific symptoms. These include things like pain and fatigue, as well as journal functionality so you can express yourself and add context. Use the sleep tracker to identify connections between your sleeping patterns and symptoms. Set alarms to remind you to take your medications, and note how well each is working for you.

Like Chronic Pain Tracker, FibroMapp provides you with charts and graphs to help organize your entries. It also allows you to print or email them for easy consultation with your doctor.

WebMD Pain Coach

Keep it simple with the WebMD Pain Coach, free for both iOS and Android devices. The app has presets for many chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. More importantly, it has the benefit of being associated with the most trusted health and wellness sites on the Internet. Like the other apps, Pain Coach allows you to track pain levels and triggers and create reports to share with your doctor. You also get tips and health goal ideas to help keep you motivated.

Tracking your fibromyalgia symptoms is a powerful way to take control of your health. Talk to your doctor about incorporating tracking into your treatment, and try these tools to find what works best for you.

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    • Patricia,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m sorry that you’re having such a hard time right now. Managing chronic pain is a slow and steady process, which can be extremely frustrating and disheartening at times. When it gets to be too much to bear, please know that you don’t have to go it alone. There are counselors out there who help people manage the emotional fallout of dealing with chronic pain. If you have insurance, please check with your insurance company to find a licensed therapist in your area. Talkspace is another option, and it’s an app that you can use right from your smart phone to connect with a counselor. Talk therapy is a powerful tool, and counselors can help you to address and manage these feelings.

      There are many people who also suffer from painful conditions, and sometimes just sharing your story with others and supporting one another is great therapy. We will be rolling out a forum community next month where users can share their stories and give advice to one another. Please check back, because I hope this community will be helpful for you.

      Wishing you the very best,

      Your Friends at Pain Resource

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