21 Apps You Need to Know About if You Have Fibromyalgia
There may not be a magical app that can eliminate your fibromyalgia – but there are plenty of apps out there that can make living with chronic pain a little more tolerable. From apps to help track your pain to ones that’ll connect you with other chronic pain sufferers for support, we’ve put together a list of 21 of the tops apps for anyone living with chronic pain or fibromyalgia.
We’ve organized them by categories to help you find the right app for your needs. The categories include:
- Pain tracking apps
- Meditation & mental clarity apps
- Fibro friendly exercise apps
- Medication related apps (reminders, discounts, etc)
- Sleep related apps
- Diet & Nutrition apps
- Fibromyalgia news & support apps
Read below to find out which apps may help make your life with fibromyalgia a little bit easier…
#1 – Chronic Pain Tracker
Take the guess work out of pain management with Chronic Pain Tracker. Record your pain history with 19 unique health categories. Review a Summary Report with your doctor in the app, or export a PDF for printing/emailing. For less than a typical insurance co-pay, you can improve the management of your pain.
Our favorite thing about the app: It has 19 different tracker modules, giving you the ability to find the right tracker for you!
#2 – Catch My Pain
CatchMyPain is an intelligent pain diary app that helps you keep track of your pain and connect with similar patients. Its intelligent pain diary allows you to draw the location and intensity of your pain on a body model – giving you and your doctor a better understanding of where and how your pain is affecting you.
Our favorite thing about the app: Very user-friendly…and we love the diagram that allows us to pinpoint our pain and illustrate its intensity!
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#3 – My Pain Diary
The My Pain Diary & Symptom Tracker (Gold Edition) is the newest member of the My Pain Diary family, which has helped over 90,000 chronic pain sufferers better manage their pain, improve communication with their doctors, and gain insights that would be hard attain through other means.
It has a broad number of powerful tools to help you track and analyze your pain – but is still simple to use! They also have useful video tutorials on YouTube to help you get the most out of the app!
Our favorite thing about the app: the broad feature set – this is a powerful app with a lot of powerful tools!
#4 – WebMD Pain Coach
WebMD combines a wealth of information with powerful symptom and treatment tracking tools in their Pain Coach app. Features thousands of doctor-approved tips and articles, recommended goals, and more to help you get the most on your journey to find relief.
Our favorite thing about the app: Love the expert advice found in the doctor-approved tips and articles.
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#5 – Headspace
Headpsace is a mindfulness/meditation app designed to teach you how to use meditation to relieve stress and anxiety, boost mental clarity and more.
Our favorite thing about the app: It has different guided meditation courses created for specific problems, including meditations to help improve relationships, improve sleep, and more.
#6 – Lumosity
Lumosity is a brain training app built by a team of scientists and designers exploring new ways to challenge the brain and push cognitive research forward. The idea behind the app is that the fun (and sometimes addictive) games are designed to challenge your brain. Just like your muscles, the brain needs regular exercise to stay sharp – and Lumosity makes it fun!
Our favorite thing about the app: Not only do the games help boost memory, attention, and more – but it provides a good distraction from pain. Research has shown that distraction can actually help reduce the intensity of fibromyalgia pain.
#7 – Happify
Happify bills itself as the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century. It helps you break olds patterns, form new habits, and put you on a path to a healthier emotional well-being.
Our favorite thing about the app: The happiness score helps you see where you’re at and allows you to see your progress as you use the app!
#8 – YOGAmazing
The YOGAmazing App gives you access to 50 full video sessions and beautiful yoga inspired iPhone artwork. The YOGAmazing video sessions are 25-minute yoga routines that will bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Need a Yoga routine that can keep up with your busy schedule? Want to be able to interact with a yoga instructor that brings yoga to the common people and when it’s convenient for you? YOGAmazing is your answer!
#9 – YogaGlo
With YogaGlo, you’ll get access to over 3,800 yoga and meditation classes from some of the world’s top yoga instructors.
#10 – MedCoach
MedCoach is an easy-to-use medical app that helps you remember to take your medications and pills at the right time and day. It allows you to set a personal medication schedule, connect to your pharmacy to refill your prescriptions, look up pill/drug information, and much more.
#11 – MediSafe
Studies show improper medication use and tracking in the United States leads to:
50% of patients not taking medications as prescribed
125,000 deaths a year, one every 4 minutes
700,000 hospital visits a year
44 out of 100 prescriptions never picked up at the pharmacy
Millions use Medisafe to stay safe with their meds and keep track of blood pressure, glucose and other measurements. With Medisafe you can easily share results with doctors to track better outcomes, faster.
#12 – Blink Health
Blink Health is the new way for all Americans to save on their prescriptions. It’s easy. Simply pay in the app before you pick up at the pharmacy of your choice to save up to 95% on your prescriptions. Blink is free to use and accepted at virtually every U.S. pharmacy.
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#13 – Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is designed to track your sleep and help you wake up during the most optimal sleep cycle to make for a less groggy morning. By waking up during light sleep cycle, you’ll feel more naturally rested.
*Sleep Cycle was named by Healthline as one of the Best Insomnia Apps of 2016
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#14 – Sleep Well Hypnosis
While Sleep Cycle is designed to track your sleep patterns and help you to wake up feeling rested, sleep well hypnosis is designed to help you fall asleep! If – like many chronic pain sufferers – you have difficulty falling asleep, the Sleep Well Hypnosis app helps reduce anxious thoughts/tension that may be keeping you from falling asleep. It also sets your mind and body up for deeper, more restorative sleep thru the night.
*Sleep Well Hypnosis was named by Healthline as one of the Best Insomnia Apps of 2016
#15 – Slumber
Slumber has a number of meditations and bedtime stories to help calm your mind and slowly drift to sleep. Simply choose a sleep meditation or story to listen to as you fall asleep. All slumber tracks are designed to put you in a state of deep relaxation. Then, adjust the nature sounds and background effects to create the perfect ambiance, and you’ll stay asleep all night.
#16 – Fooducate
Fooducate won 1st place in the US Surgeon General Healthy App Challenge! Fooducate is a weight loss coach for people who want to eat a healthy, real food diet. Track your food, activity, sleep and mood. Get motivated by the most supportive community in the world.
#17 – My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is a free calorie counter, diet, and exercise journal app all in one. It is a leader in diet and weight loss apps. Their philosophy? They believe — and medical studies prove — that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to simply keep track of the foods you eat. Rather than rely on gimmicky machines and fad diets that don’t work, they created this free app to make calorie counting and food tracking easy!
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#19 – Fibromyalgia Magazine
Fibromyalgia Magazine is a monthly 28 page magazine that has been providing support for the worldwide fibromyalgia FaMily since October 2000. Users get free access to the last 12 months of issues – or you can pay for a subscription to access more!
*Fibromyalgia Magazine was named by Healthline as one of the Best Fibromyalgia Apps of 2016
#20 – Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life Magazine
This quarterly publication is published by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE aims to offer a powerful platform for researchers, medical professionals, healthcare providers, and people affected by fibromyalgia and chronic pain conditions, and those close to them, to share their quality news, science, and personal stories.
#21 – MyFibroTeam (Fibromyalgia Social Network)
MyFibroTeam is the only free, password-protected social network dedicated to those living with fibromyalgia. Stay connected & share with others like you who understand. Fibromyalgia can be isolating and lonely – but you don’t have to go it alone. Connect with others who understand what you’re going through and can both empathize with and support you.
Do you have a favorite app that helps you manage some aspect of life with fibromyalgia? Tell us about it in the comments below or log on to our Facebook Page and share it with us!