The 15 Best Multiple Sclerosis iPhone & Android Apps
Find out how your smartphone can help you better manage MS
Top Apps for Multiple Sclerosis
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 200 people every week are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. Although there is no cure for this autoimmune disease, there are treatments to slow the progression and allow patients to live longer.
Smartphone apps can help you manage your MS and live a more comfortable life. Click through for reviews of some of our favorites.
MS Diagnosis and Management
With any diagnosis, it's always important to arm yourself with information. MS is no different. The Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis & Management App features up-to-date information on the diagnosis, classification, and management of MS.
This app was developed in collaboration with the National MS Society. It relates symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and the four disease courses: benign, relapsing remitting, secondary progressive, and primary progressive. It also includes treatment strategies and offers links to further resources for clinicians and patients.
Multiple Sclerosis @Point of Care360
iPhone – 3.5 stars/69 ratings – Free
The Multiple Sclerosis @Point of Care360 app provides updated coverage of MS topics. Chapters cover information on current therapies and emerging treatments.
Some exciting topics include: improved immunomodulation strategies, neuroprotection advances, alternative therapies, and the impact of genetics on MS. This information is enhanced by hyperlinks to external multimedia illustrations, videos, articles, and more.
MSAA -- Multiple Sclerosis Self-Care Manager
Backed by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), My MS Manager app is a self-care application that helps users manage their MS.
Keep track of your health records by recording lab results, conditions and allergies, medication lists, and side effects. You can take valuable notes on day-to-day symptoms and side effects in a health journal and share this data with your doctor.
This app also gives you info on coping with side effects and the most effective treatments to help you stay a step ahead of your MS.
This app is created with the caregiver in mind. Whether it’s childcare or eldercare, relaying information to all parties involved can be an issue. No matter how hard you try, it seems some detail is bound to slip through the cracks.
This app from CareZone allows you to sync calendars and schedules, keep track of medication and important numbers, create to-do lists, and leave notes for other caregivers to ensure that everyone’s on the same page.
Developed by the National MS Society, Momentum magazine is the most widely read MS-related publication in the world. This quarterly publication has it all: from inspiring stories about MS patients, to expert reports from specialists and recent advances in related research.
With the Momentum Magazine by the National MS Society app, you'll receive all recent issues for download back to Winter 2010. The app replicates the look of the print edition, but is designed for maximum mobile readability.
You can easily bookmark and share comments on your favorite stories. You'll also get news story, video, and Twitter updates and more.
Multiple Sclerosis - MedImage Cases
iPhone – 4.5 stars/7 ratings – Free
You don't have to be a doctor to gain access to more clinical MS-related information. Multiple Sclerosis - MedImage Cases brings you 26 biweekly MRI case presentations. MRI experts comment on each case regarding disease activity, disease progression, and response to therapy.
This app offers audio commentary from renowned MRI experts for patients plagued with MS-related vision loss. This is a great tool for physicians as well as patients looking for a deeper understanding of MS.
Android – 5.0 stars/8 ratings – 1000-5000 installs – Free
Proper diagnosis is key for successful treatment and recovery. The MS Diagnosis app seeks to help physicians sharpen their MS diagnostic skills. It uses an interactive decision tree that guides physicians through the MacDonald diagnostic criteria.
Developed by experts, this app allows neurologists to input initial information. Then, additional information is queried and responded to until a potential diagnosis is reached. The app also provides definitions and examples of key MS presentations.
Although each platform has a different developer (Rodanotech for Android and NeuroApps Toronto for Apple), both versions of the EDSS Calculator App have a similar goal. They use the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) to quantify disability in MS.
EDSS rates eight Functional Systems (FS), including: pyramidal, cerebellar, brainstem, sensory, bowel and bladder, visual, and cerebral. Neurologists assign a Functional System Score (FSS) to each of these areas. A low score means the patient is fully ambulatory. A high score is assigned to patients with significant impairment.
Both EDSS Calculator apps bring this important diagnostic tool directly to physicians' smartphones. With it, they can quickly and easily calculate where their patients fall on the scale.
iPhone – 4.5 stars/21 ratings - $0.99
With so much to keep track of each day, even the healthiest individuals can forget important tasks. The memory of someone suffering from MS may be significantly more impaired. In this case, an app to help keep track of something as important as medication is truly helpful.
Developed for individuals with MS or their caregivers, the MS Journal app aids you in keeping track of injection medications. The app allows for easy setup and features an injection countdown timer and medication reminders. You can make notes on each injection, and create detailed reports to share with your doctor.
iPhone – not enough ratings for average stars - $0.99
Keeping a diary or log of your day-to-day treatments and MS symptoms can be tiring. However, that information is crucial to keeping you as healthy as possible. A smartphone app like Noteness makes the annoying work of diary entries less of a hassle.
The Noteness app is no-frills, but it gets the job done. You can create two types of entries: one for injections, and one for symptoms. Detailed notes can be added to both types of entries. Reminders can be added for you the make sure to take injections at the proper times. Data can be exported to pdf file or email to share with your healthcare providers.
Bones, Joints and Muscles
iPhone – 3 stars/1407 ratings – Free
Need a quick primer on knee injuries after a recent fall? Want to know more about muscle cramps or neuropathy? The Bones, Joints and Muscles app provides basic, easy-to-understand explanations of a variety of conditions affecting those body parts.
Topics range from arthritis to ergonomics, and multiple sclerosis to muscle sprains. This is a useful tool if you need a fast definition in simple terms.
iPhone – 4 stars/14 ratings – $0.99
The Cure MS app raises money for the National MS Society. The developers have donated their time to creating an informative app with fun animation describing how to help those with MS. Also included are a lot of facts about MS. A new fact appears whenever the phone is shaken.
The app is a great way to explain MS to friends and family and to raise awareness and compassion for people those battling the condition.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is a website and book from Professor George Jelinek. The OMS app follows in Jelinek’s mission to provide tools for recovery and living a healthy life with MS.
Benefit from a variety of features, including podcasts, recipes, and lifestyle recommendations that include healthy eating, exercise, and meditation.
iPhone – not enough ratings for average stars – Free
The MS 3Dme app is a video that helps explain MS to the newly diagnosed and their family and friends. The video uses high definition 3D animation and multimedia to look inside the body. Nerves are visualized and you can see how MS attacks and scars the myelin sheath.
There’s also a series of questions and answers that allows you to share your results on social networks like Twitter. A simple, yet teachable tool.
Mobility Matters in MS Pedometer
iPhone – not enough ratings for average stars – Free
Moving is a problem for many people with MS due to fatigue, muscle weakness, and vision problems. However, keeping active and exercising is very important for your long-term health. This pedometer app from Mobility Matters in MS is designed for people with MS.
You can set your own goals, but you don’t have to commit to a schedule. Do what you can, when you can, and this app will keep track. Record your steps over a fixed time period, or your average steps per hour. The point is to keep moving!
We selected these Multiple Sclerosis apps based on their potential to aid people with MS and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to MS and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with MS more manageable.
Multiple Sclerosis Is Full of Challenges
Achieving a long and healthy life with MS is a challenge that you must work on every day. There are a lot of tasks to manage, including keeping track of your health and juggling medications. Then there’s having to explain your disease to others. All of this is made easier thanks to technology. With these top apps, help is at your fingertips to make sure that MS is a battle you don’t fight alone.