Have you ever been told by a doctor to keep track of your symptoms? People with chronic illnesses — both those that have been identified and the ones that are still a medical mystery — can benefit from knowing how their bodies work. That can include the times of day where your fibromyalgia makes you the most fatigued or the food that triggers flare-ups. Keeping a physical written journal may work in some cases, but it can be difficult to take it with you everywhere. That’s where the apps come in. Pain and symptom tracking apps are popping up in app stores and for good reason. They’re a discreet and convenient way to figure out the pattern with chronic illness issues.
Users of this app can keep track of everything from their medications and treatment protocols to their symptoms and overall mood. See how your activity impacts your sleep and every correlation in between. The best part? They also have a community feature that allows you to see how people with similar conditions handle their disease symptoms. It’s like crowdsourcing for difficult health answers.
Year in Pixels
Though it’s not meant specifically for this purpose, Year in Pixels is an interesting way to keep track of how your day went. It’s a good way to get a bird’s eye view of how your weeks, months and years are going. Maybe you get especially stressed out the week before major holidays. Perhaps you’re prone to getting sad on Sundays. It’s an easy enough app to use that you can give it a shot without having to invest a ton of time into learning a complicated tracking system.
My Pain Diary
Ready for some futuristic computing? My Pain Diary can help you do more than just track your own symptoms and behaviors. It can take a look at outside factors, such as the weather, to make connections between symptoms and external events. Plus, you can share some or all of the information with your doctor at visits to help them understand how your day to day life is impacted by your chronic illness.