6 of the Best Apps for Chronic Illness Management

Managing a chronic illness can be difficult. There are many different medications to take (often at different times), appointments to remember, symptoms to keep track of, and lots of information to absorb. Thankfully, living in a digital age means that there are numerous mobile apps that can help you manage your chronic illness. We've put together a list of some of the best mobile apps for managing your chronic illness: Medisafe is an app that helps patients manage medications. It helps with dosage and reminds you when you need to take your meds, increasing adherence rates. The information can also be shared with your healthcare team and pharmacy. Pain Diary works for anyone with a chronic illness. It allows patients to chart and score pain as well as record and track other symptoms of the disease such as fatigue and mood swings. This app also has a feature where patients can connect with others living with the same chronic illness and swap best practices. ZocDoc is a handy app if you've recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, since one of the first things you'll need to do is find a doctor to treat you. ZocDoc allows you to search for local specialist doctors who are approved by your insurance company. The app will even tell you when the doctor is available to see you. MORE: Ten tips for managing joint stiffness in the mornin
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4 comments

  1. Denise Bault says:

    Or, you can use a plain notepad and pen to keep track of your meds taken, food eaten, symptoms for that day, etc. Works great for me! I keep mine in my bathroom, where I know I’ll see it multiple times a day.

  2. “Manage My Pain Pro” is a useful app for tracking Fibro pain, or other chronic illness issues. Best feature is that you can have it on multiple devices, and it syncs across all of them automatically. Most of these programs have editable fields, so you can add your own issues that you want to track.

    “My Pain Diary” includes the weather with each report, so you can track health changes due to environment. Quite useful at times…

    These apps issue reports that you can carry to your doctor’s visit for a summary of your health issues over time…

    Notepads are certainly fine, but since I have to carry a smart phone around with me all the time so my wife doesn’t fret, the apps are certainly convenient for my use.

  3. Vanessa Gray says:

    As the technologies are covering most phases of life, but at some point we have to avoid their extra use. Just like these chronic illnesses managements, they ought to be only used as a schedule reminder. Hence, illnesses should be managed by medical experts.

    • Jenna V says:

      Yes, but accurate data tracking can help medical experts understand the complex interactions of triggers, symptoms, environment, etc.. and know how best to help one manage a condition. Don’t underestimate the power of data analytics!

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