We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user reviews, frequent updates, and overall impact in helping people with fibromyalgia manage their condition.
When you live every day in chronic pain, any tool that can help you understand and manage your condition is a welcome gift.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain throughout the body, as well as fatigue, severe stress, and sometimes memory problems. It affects some 5 million people in the United States, and is more common in women than in men.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. The disease is typically treated with pain medication, and sometimes antidepressants and therapy. Because stress plays a role in flare-ups, learning how to manage the stress in your life can be just as important as, and connected to, managing the pain itself.
These apps can help you track and manage your pain, as well as the stress that triggers it.
The Pain Diary from CatchMyPain makes logging your fibromyalgia symptoms a breeze. You hardly have to write a thing! The app is visually based, with an illustration of the human body for you to highlight where you’re experiencing pain. Differentiate between severe and less than severe pain with color-coding. You can also track what led up to the flare-up and how you treated it, as well as create reports and charts to share. Besides rating your pain according to severity, you can also use the app to describe the pain: aching, hot, stinging, etc.
Chronic Pain Tracker
If your pain is worsened or triggered by an external factor, Chronic Pain Tracker will likely help you identify it. In addition to identifying numerous potential triggers, this app creates reports for you to share with your doctor. There are more than 60 graphs for you to create and use, all of which can be printed, sent via email, or synchronized with DropBox.
FibroMapp is made by people who have fibromyalgia themselves, and know what others like them actually want in a pain management app. Track your medication and sleep, and how you’re feeling on a daily basis. You can also track your pain, fatigue, and flare-ups, creating reports to share with your doctor or therapist. Your pain records will show just how bad your flare-up was, where the pain was centralized, and how well your treatment method worked.
Fibromyalgia Magazine is a UK-based magazine that’s been around since 2000, and is now accessible via this smartphone app. Free users have access to a digest of highlights from the last 12 months. If you want to pay for a subscription, you’ll get every monthly issue. The magazine covers medical research, news about treatment and therapies, and even legal and benefits advice.
Manage My Pain Lite
Manage My Pain was created for people with any type of chronic pain. Inputting entries is easy and the app interface is sleek. You can track what led to your flare-up, how bad it was, and how it was resolved. You can also create reports for your medical team. Upgrading to the pro version allows you to view more than 10 records.
My Pain Diary
When you have a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, tracking your pain can help you understand what makes it worse, what makes it better, and how your medication and lifestyle may be helping or hindering your progress. My Pain Diary makes this tracking easy, allowing you to rate your pain, add in details about triggers, and even take photos for your entries.
We like the fact that it includes weather details, so you can see if the conditions may be playing a role in your symptoms.
MyFibroTeam is a social network that’s just for people who understand your pain and what it’s like to live with fibromyalgia. Give and receive support to others with digital hugs, post updates about your daily ups and downs, share photos, and get or provide answers in the Q&A section.