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Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes the immune system to attack the protective cover shielding the brain and spinal nerves. When that cover is worn away, the nerves can be damaged and are no longer able to send signals through the body. This can cause widespread pain and difficulty moving or speaking.
According to the National MS Society, over 2.3 million people worldwide are living with the disease. Doctors still aren’t sure exactly what causes MS, but it’s believed that genetics, environment, and age all play a role. There’s also no known cure, so treatments focus on reducing symptoms and relieving discomfort.
Managing a chronic condition can often be challenging for doctors and patients. There are several different symptoms to track, which can vary depending on the person. Living with MS can also at times feel isolating — friends and family don’t truly understand what you’re going through if they don’t have the disease.
These apps use technology to help ease some of the challenges that come with MS. They’ll help you keep track of symptoms and medications, connect with other folks living with MS, and more.
Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis & Management
This clinical care app was created in collaboration with the National MS Society. It makes a wide range of diagnostic and treatment information available at your fingertips. It’s designed specifically for doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in treating people with MS. In addition to information about how to diagnose and treat MS, there are also courses and evidence-based medicine for different treatment options. The newest version includes updated drug information.
MSAA — My MS Manager
This app from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a tool for you to use with your medical care team to help manage your treatment. You can log things about your day, like pain level, how physically active you were, mood, and symptoms. The data is then stored and tracked using charts to help your care team with treatment recommendations. You can also use the app to set calendar reminders for when to take medications or use certain treatments.
Momentum Magazine by the National MS Society
This app is designed to pair with the National MS Society’s magazine. It allows users to interact with patient stories, see expert opinions from MS specialists, and stay updated on news and research. Momentum also highlights recent events that help raise money and awareness for MS.
A key part of managing MS is being able to give your care team details about the symptoms you’re experiencing and what impact they have on your daily life. MS self makes the process easier. Its journal entry feature allows you to keep a thorough record of daily symptoms, mood, energy level, mobility, activity, and even personal thoughts. It can be personalized to include very specific details, like how the local weather affects your mood and symptoms. You can also sync the app with a Fitbit to track your activity and sleep.
Living with MS can make you feel isolated from friends and family. But you’re not alone. There are many who do understand exactly what you’re going through because they’ve been through it, too. Healthline’s MS Buddy helps you find and connect with other people living with MS, whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with it for years. Once you create a profile, the app will match you with other folks who have similar profiles. Choose who you’d like to chat with and get advice and support from peers.
No local MS support group near you? No problem. MyMSTeam lets you assemble your own social network using the app. It’s password protected and designed to connect people with MS with their peers. Post photos and updates and view other people’s posts. You can even add details about your diagnosis. The app helps you find people with MS who are near you and those who have the most in common with you.
Managing a medication schedule can be challenging, whether it’s for yourself or someone you’re caring for. CareZone is designed to make it easier to keep track of which medications need to be taken and when. You can set reminders for when it’s time to take your medication and refill a prescription. The app also helps you keep track of doctor appointments, insurance information, and other details you need to stay organized.
Day One Journal
Journaling can be an important way to keep track of your condition and treatments. It’s also a healthy way to express feelings and worries. Day One Journal offers a modern take on the process. Upload photos and organize daily entries. The app also has a map and calendar feature and can sync with other devices. You can also export entries as PDF files.