We selected these apps based on their usability, user rating, frequent updates, and overall impact in helping people with RA manage and understand their condition.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to create antibodies that attack your own tissues. It is also a chronic inflammatory disease. It causes painful swelling of the joints and can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformities.
People who suffer from RA usually have swollen, stiff, and painful joints, and experience fatigue and weight loss. It can also affect the skin, lungs, heart, and other parts of your body.
Whether you have RA yourself or care for people who do, these apps can play a critical role in managing it. RA changes from day to day, and sometimes even hour to hour, and tracking all of that information can be a daunting task. Thankfully, you can choose the app that works best for you and make tracking your RA easier and more comprehensive.
Body Pain Management Hypnosis
Some people with chronic pain have turned to hypnosis as part of their pain management routine. The Body Pain Management Hypnosis app is useful for people who are familiar with using hypnosis for pain management, as well as for those who want to try it out.
Along with a hypnosis session — which many users report falling asleep to long before they get to the end — the app features articles about how hypnosis can help you deal with various kinds of chronic pain.
@Hand: Rheumatology Checklist
Want to know what questions to ask and which treatments to talk about with your doctor? @Hand features information on available treatment options for all of the most common rheumatic diseases, which makes it a helpful starting point when you’re dealing with RA.
The app will remind you about symptoms and situations to be wary of, recommendations for therapies, tests, other resources, and much more.
Manage and track your daily health and exercise information with HealthLog. This app keeps up with your weight, workouts, hours of sleep, mood, and much more. You will be able to easily see your progress in all of these areas of your life, and you can even create a graph for a colorful visual of how you are doing.
HealthLog includes a feature to track your food, too. All you need to do is take a photo of your meal, which is certainly easier than writing down each item, serving size, and nutritional information!
My Pain Diary
My Pain Diary tracks any type of chronic pain, including RA. You can track multiple symptoms, triggers, and more. The ability to customize the app allows you to track almost anything you need. One notable feature is the automatic weather tracking. Anytime you log an entry, the app will include specific weather data at the time of the entry.
The color-coded calendar and graphs help you and your doctor find triggers and correlations with other factors. This allows for more accurate management of your pain.
MyRA is ideal for those who enjoy a more visual experience. The app tracks your symptoms, medications, and your overall condition day to day, and you can log exactly where on your body you’re feeling pain on your avatar.
There is also a visual printout that you can take to your appointments for more in-depth answers to your doctor’s questions.
RA Helper is a mobile assistant for people who have RA. It features the ability to track your disease score and lab results, as well as your goals. It also lets you input your medications and appointments so that you are able to stay on top of your RA management every day.
Simple to use, and with a clean interface that is easy to read and understand, managing your RA won’t be such a burden when you’ve got this on your phone.
This app is perfect for people who are using a number of medications to manage their RA. It keeps track of your symptoms along with your dosage, so that you can learn how well your treatments are working, as well as look up information about those medications in their extensive resource feature.
There is also a diagnostic calculator tool, in which you input information about your symptoms in order to receive a classification score that might be useful on your next doctor visit.
RheumaHelper was designed especially for rheumatologists, giving them immediate access to up-to-date information on various conditions, including RA. However, it can be useful to anyone who has a background with RA.
Top features include classification criteria for conditions such as RA, fibromyalgia, other forms of arthritis, inflammatory back pain, as well as disease activity calculators.
Rheumatoid Arthritis by @Point of Care
This is designed specifically for the healthcare professionals who treat RA. The app provides information on diagnosis, treatment, and management, and also features the ability to personalize the information by including notes, highlights, and more.
You can find information on topics that affect the care of patients, as well as links to additional resources. With this app, healthcare professionals have the knowledge and information they need to provide quality care to their RA patients.
RheumaTrack allows you to track pain, stiffness, and medications easily on your mobile device. It will also track your activities, including days when you were unable to work, and fitness activity.
It features a code lock so that your personal medical information is kept safe and private. RheumaTrack also makes it easy to share your information with your doctor, because it can be easily downloaded into an email.
Track + React
Track + React does just what its name says: It tracks your daily activities and how your arthritis pain reacts to each item. It features the ability to input everything you do each day, including exercise, the foods you eat, medications, and more. By also tracking your pain levels throughout the day, you are able to see how each activity affects your pain.
The correlation between your pain level and what you do or eat gives you the ability to better self-manage by avoiding things that increase pain. You can also print out reports so that your doctor has access to specific, detailed information.