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When you have an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), symptoms can vary, both in severity and frequency. To best manage your RA, it’s important to track symptoms, monitor medications, and remember doctor’s appointments.
That sounds like a lot of work, but the right app can make it much easier.
Geared as a way to track daily health and exercise data, HealthLog can help you keep tabs on things like blood pressure, mood, weight and BMI, workouts, water intake, doctor’s appointments, and more. While it’s not designed specifically for those living with RA, it’s a good way to keep a record of your overall health and fitness, which can shed light on how well you’re managing your disorder. The app also includes a feature for tracking nutrition.
This app was created specifically for people living with RA, which means you can use it to track your symptoms and create visual snapshots of data unique to you. Symptoms of RA can change rapidly from one day to the next, and MyRA makes it easy to track those fluctuations. From an overall big picture to specifics like joint pain, morning stiffness, fatigue, and daily functioning, this app misses nothing. Track medications and lab results, and easily share your information with your doctor.
My Pain Diary
A person with chronic pain created this app to track pain, symptoms, and triggers. By compiling this information, the app can create detailed reports to help you better manage your pain. It’s highly customizable to your needs, with interactive graphs and color-coded calendars that highlight patterns and trends. Use this app to maintain an accurate record of your condition and share your findings with your doctor.
Track + React
This arthritis app was created to help you understand how your activities impact your disorder. By tracking things like nutrition, fitness, sleep, medications, and mood — plus symptoms, pain level, and stiffness — you can immediately make useful cause-and-effect connections. Use the Arthritis Impact graph to identify trends, and switch to the web application to easily share the graph with your doctor.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Vital Education app is from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. It’s geared toward rheumatologists and includes a diagnostic calculator, disease activity measures, and a medication guide.
Another app designed with the rheumatologist in mind, RheumaHelper is billed as a mobile rheumatology assistant. With several disease activity calculators and classifications for a number of conditions, it’s an excellent reference tool.
Body Pain Management Hypnosis
Hypnosis is described by this app as a state of heightened suggestibility that allows the subconscious to accept suggestions. This app was created by a certified hypnotherapist to help alleviate physical and emotional pain. Relax and participate in a hypnosis session, or learn more about the benefits of hypnosis for chronic pain.
Rheumatoid Diseases @Point of Care
Designed for clinicians, the @Point of Care app makes it simple to access evidence-based and disease-specific medical content. This information makes it easier and faster to make decisions about treatments to improve patient outcomes. The app features continually updated content about diagnoses, treatment, and care management developed by physician authors. Plus it has access to patient-recorded data, education resources, and surveys and peer polling.
This simple yet intuitive app works as a virtual assistant to help you manage and track everything from disease activity to medications, doctor’s appointments, and lab results. Tracking your disease activity can help you to better visualize your progress and set goals for managing your RA.
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