A medical dictionary will tell you there are two types of pain you can experience: acute and chronic. But beyond this basic definition there’s a gradient of pain you can encounter at any given time, be it emotional, stress-related or triggered by a specific event. Dealing with pain can seem an unbearable burden, but with the right resources and techniques, you can find ways to truly manage your pain. From medical resources to stress trackers, here are a few Android apps to help manage your pain, no matter when or where it affects you.
As a trusted resource, WebMD’s Android app is a one-stop shop for research, articles and tips for living a healthier life. Its goal is to help your decision-making efforts with features like a symptom checker, a guide to drugs and treatments, first aid information and local health listings. In the event of an emergency, WebMD’s first aid section is available offline so it’s there when you need it most. The app’s pill identification tool will help you manage pain with the right medications as well. Save articles that matter most to you and build a custom collection of content that will help manage your pain over the long term.
Manage My Pain Pro ($3.99)
While WebMD is a general resource, the Manage My Pain app is specifically designed for ongoing pain management. With this Android app you can record, track, analyze and share your pain with a community, gaining the information and support you need. By applying self-quantified methods to pain management, Manage My Pain can graph and chart your pain records, and generate reports with summaries, details and stats. Your data is backed up and can be restored in the event of a lost device or system crash (Pro version required for full backup and recovery), and your data can be shared with friends or healthcare professionals. This app was designed specifically for people suffering from arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, migraines and fibromyalgia.
Designed by ER doctors, iTriage is a decision-making tool to help you determine what medical conditions you may have, and where you should go for treatment. Featured in this app is their proprietary Symptom to Provider pathway, where you search symptoms and learn potential causes. From there iTriage will help you find the best-fitting treatment, facility or doctor. You can even view the average wait time for hospitals and urgent care facilities across the nation. There is an option to check-in from your phone as you’re on the way to the hospital. Another helpful feature is iTriage’s directory of emergency hotlines and advice lines, which can come in handy for immediate pain management or emotional disturbances. On the personal data management side, iTriage also lets you save healthcare records, facilities, doctors, diseases, conditions, procedures, meds and insurance information.
Med Helper Pro ($3.99)
Chronic pain can often lead to a cocktail of prescription drugs, each with their own schedules and dietary requirements. Managing your pills as much as you have to manage the pain they treat is overwhelming. Med Helper to the rescue! This Android app is a prescription and pill reminder, the full version offering logging and data export capabilities for serious management capabilities. MedHelper tracks medications, treatments and appointment schedules, sending out reminders and an exportable log so you have the information at hand, ready to share with your doctors as needed.
Stress Tracker (Free)
Stress is the silent killer. It creeps up on you throughout the day, collecting around your shoulders and neck, causing end-of-day headaches and making you one cranky beast. Worst of all, stress can lead to other physical issues like heart conditions, migraines and back problems. The Stress Tracker app for Android helps control your stress, which can improve other areas of life and overall well-being. Track your individual stress levels, moods, sources of stress, symptoms and lifestyle/behaviors in real-time, to help you identify the patterns that are helpful and hurtful. The idea is to outline the most successful coping strategies, so you can stop stress before it takes over your mind and body.
Tablet Keyboard ($1.20)
For techies in particular, chronic pain can be the result of poor posture. Curb the negative effects of using your mobile device with Tablet Keyboard, an ergonomically designed app that will save your wrists in the long run. Its split-mode for Android tablets spreads the keyboard across your device screen, optimized for tablet use. You’ll still get a full keyboard experience, complete with numbers, mimicking a computer keyboard instead of the abbreviated default version often used for mobile devices.