The Best of MS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative, and often debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms can range from mild numbness and tingling to paralysis and blindness. Life with MS is as unpredictable as the disease itself and full of unique challenges.
It seems these days there’s an app for nearly everything. MS is no exception. Here are 10 apps designed to educate you about the disease, keep track of your symptoms, and help you remember your medications.
For many people living with MS, injections are a part of everyday life. Remembering when to take them and where the correct injection site is can be a challenge. MS Journal is for anyone who needs a little help staying on track.
This injection-tracking app tells you when and where to inject your next medication. As a bonus, MS Journal allows you to save comments and email reports to yourself or your doctor.
Momentum Magazine, the quarterly publication from the National MS Society, has the largest circulation of any MS magazine. Now, you can read it anywhere with this interactive app. Each issue includes the latest on research, practical health, nutrition, and fitness tips. The magazine focuses on helping people with MS and their families live the best lives possible.
SymTrac is an MS symptom-tracking tool created by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Record and rate your daily symptoms, chart your progress, and share your information with your healthcare team. The ability to add custom symptoms means that no matter how unusual, you can still document and track them within the app. It also includes a series of exercises designed for people with MS.
With SymTrac, you’ll never have to worry about remembering when you had a relapse or the symptoms leading up to it again.
As with any chronic condition, those with MS may find themselves taking several prescription medications or vitamin supplements. Remembering when to take them — or whether you already took them — is one challenge that you can conquer.
RxmindMe Prescription is a medication reminder app designed to help you keep track of your medications. You can set up medication reminder notifications, along with dosage information, and record when you’ve taken your medications.
MS self allows users to track symptoms, mobility, energy level, and mood among other things. Your journal entries are searchable. This can help provide insight on finding patterns in behavior and symptoms. The app also syncs to Fitbit to monitor your exercise and activity level more thoroughly. Storing a wealth of information, MS self is truly an app designed with advice and guidelines in mind.
Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis & Management
The Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis & Management app is designed to be a handy tool for neurologists, resident physicians, and other healthcare providers to aid in the diagnosis and management of MS.
This comprehensive app was a collaborative effort between the developer, Börm Bruckmeier Publishing, and the National MS Society. It contains everything from a list of MS signs and symptoms to a two-question screening tool for depression, which is commonly seen in those with the disease.
Multiple Sclerosis @Point of Care
Multiple Sclerosis @Point of Care provides extensive information on MS for those in the healthcare world. This decision-making tool presents valuable information in an easy-to-digest format. Through interactive features, users can highlight, take notes, and search contents. The app includes a series of chapters and other tools that aid in making informed decisions regarding diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management.
MSAA - Multiple Sclerosis Self-Care Manager
This app is specifically designed for MS patients. Created by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), users can track their relapses and symptoms, manage their medications, and get the latest on research. The app comes with a built-in journal, and also allows you to compile your medical records.
Bones, Joints & Muscles Free: Human Muscle Anatomy and Physiology Body Facts!
This app has a searchable, alphabetically organized database of conditions that relate to your bones, joints, and muscles. The long list of conditions ranges from arthritis to heart disease to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
Designed to educate the user in easy-to-understand terms, this app is great for the average person who wants to learn about illnesses, diseases, and conditions. For those with MS, it’s a great guide to learning more about conditions related to your diagnosis. It’s also handy for medical students, nurses, and other medical professionals.
MSPT by the Cleveland Clinic
iPad coming soon
Dr. Stephen Rao spearheaded the development of the Multiple Sclerosis Performance Test (MSPT) app in an effort to measure cognitive issues in MS patients more easily. Until now, testing an MS patient’s cognitive deficit required the use of paper and pencil and a technician’s supervision.
This app can measure balance, walking speed, visual function, manual dexterity, and cognitive processing speed. For example, a patient can sit in a quiet room and match numbers and symbols as quickly as possible. The test takes about five minutes, after which the doctor immediately records the results. Over time, compiled results can chart the course of a patient’s cognitive symptoms. This soon-to-be-released app will be useful for making treatment decisions.
MS? There’s an App for That!
Whether you’re living with MS or a doctor examining a patient with symptoms of MS, this comprehensive list of apps is certain to include something to make your life easier.
From journals to record your symptoms and relapses to reminders you can share with family members, these apps might help you live a better life with MS.
We selected these MS 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 include: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to MS and the needs of its community. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are useful in making life with MS more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved them unless otherwise indicated.