Note: Any advice in this blog is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical issues. If you are having a true emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
Note: This is a cross-post from my other blog Positivity In Pain, come visit us there!
Living with a chronic illness sucks. It suck sucks. There is no denying that. But in this day and age, there are plenty of things that we can do to help ourselves through the day, especially when it comes to technology.
We have our smartphones, computers and tablets with us, and we can utilize these items as tools to help us along in our chronic illness journey. Here are 5 applications that would be helpful to those with chronic illness.
Medisafe is one of the top apps out there on the market today when it comes to medication reminders. I even use this one personally. It comes in very handy when you wake up sleepy-eyed in the morning and forget to take your medications. Not only that, you can list each medication, when you take it, the dosage size, how often and who prescribed it. Plus, it has this ultra cool feature for us geeky spoonies out there, where you can set it to a variety of different voices, like, Darth Vader for instance. It is completely free.
2. Chronic Pain Tracker Lite
Chronic Pain Tracker is a lifesaver! Using 19 different unique categories, this application is a great way to track your pain. You can rank your pain on a scale of 1-10, record how it feels, whether it is achy, burning, stabbing, etc. You can also track things like the trigger of your pain (if you know it), the onset of it, how much sleep you are getting, and even the weather around you!
HealthTap is a wonderful resource for those seeking answers for non-emergent conditions. Say you have a question about a rash, for example. You can ask the community about it, and real certified doctors will give you answers. You can even check if some of your doctors are on there!
4. iTriage Health
There are times when we are not sure whether or not we should seek emergency help for our symptoms. iTriage Health was created by two ER doctors, and the app has been downloaded by over 12 million people. You can input your symptoms and the application will then tell you the best course of action to take, whether it is visit your local health clinic, an urgent care or the emergency room.
Again, if you are looking for non-emergent care for something like a cold or allergies, DoctorOnDemand is the app to use. You will be able to have a one-on-one video chat with board-certified medical doctors, in various categories such as pediatrics, medical, pregnancy and newborns and psychology. And at only $49, it is far cheaper than a trip to the doctors office, especially if your doctor is far away!