The creator of a smart-phone app for tracking chronic pain has announced that fibromyalgia is among the top conditions for which people use the app.
Damon Lynn lives with chronic pain himself. He says a survey of users of his My Pain Diary: Chronic Pain Management for iPhone shows that it's used for:
- Back Pain: 42%
- Migraines/Headaches: 40%
- Fibromyalgia: 38%
That adds up to more than 100%, which is because 59% of users are tracking more than one chronic condition, and 15% of users are tracking five or more.
A lot of health-focused smart-phone apps are available. As the owner of what must be a really dumb phone, I'm clueless about apps.
Fortunately, some of my fellow About.com Guides know a lot about them! For more information, you can see:
- How To Find the Best iPhone or Android Apps
- Smart Phone Apps Help People Take Their Meds
- Health, Fitness & Medical Smartphone Apps Reviews
Do your research before choosing an app, though. A medical study of them (yes, for real!) showed that health care providers are rarely involved in their creation, and that pain apps tend to promise relief without concern for effectiveness - and some of them could possibly have an adverse effect.
I'm sure some of you have apps to recommend. Tell us about them and what they've done for you by leaving a comment below!
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