August's Blog Post - Smartphone apps to help manage aspects of your lupus

August's Blog Post - Smartphone apps to help manage aspects of your lupus

The latest figures show that around 7 in 10 people in the UK own a smartphone. There are billions of apps available to download, which have an almost endless range of uses. With help from people on the LUPUS UK Facebook page and our HealthUnlocked community, I've pulled together a short list of some apps that people have found helpful in managing aspects of their lupus. They range from apps to help monitor symptoms to improve the information provided to doctors, to relaxation apps to help with sleep and de-stressing.

Please note that LUPUS UK does not endorse any of these apps and this list is purely for information. All persons diagnosed with lupus or suspecting the illness should always consult with their own physician to ensure proper evaluation and treatment.

If you have any suggestions for apps that you've found helpful for your lupus, please let us know in the comments below. Also, please share your experiences (good or bad) if you try any of the apps listed.

Lupus

The Lupus App

play.google.com/store/apps/...

“#1 lupus app in world as rated by Top US Technology blog "http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-lupus-apps"

Lupus, also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune illness. The unpredictable & constantly changing nature of lupus makes it a challenge to conquer.

The Mumbai Arthritis Clinic Lupus App offers all the resources, utilities & information to help you take charge of your lupus.

The Mumbai Arthritis Clinic Lupus App is the world's 1st of its kind Android app, providing Patient centric information & everything a lupus affected person may need, from comprehensive management of daily sign(s) & Symptom(s) to their daily medication and consulting their Rheumatologist, added with a complete book of lupus.”

Features:

Using The Mumbai Arthritis Clinic Lupus App you can;

* Take charge of your Lupus

* Helps you to know deep insights of your disease

* Manage your medications, Appointments

* Set reminder(s) for the above

* Quickly add your symptoms on the go

* Add a photo along with symptoms, (may be a new rash or something like that)

* Contact/email your Rheumatologist

Pain

My Pain Diary (iPhone)

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-...

“My Pain Diary is simple, flexible & powerful. With very little effort you can record details about your pain and symptoms in a way that makes sense to you -- which can provide helpful insights for you and your doctor. This award-winning app is a must-have for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.”

Features;

•Learn how much you are affected by humidity, barometric pressure, temperature, precipitation and more.

•Identify triggers, remedies, patterns and trends.

•Compare multiple conditions and metrics on a single, interactive graph which makes finding correlations easy.

•Keep an accurate record of your condition for your doctor.

•Email or print a report for you and your doctors.

•Track your complex medical condition multiple times a day.

•Track your simple pain condition as it occurs.

Manage My Pain Lite (Android)

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“Manage My Pain for Android helps you and others better understand what you are going through.

Manage My Pain has helped thousands of people better understand their symptoms and provide evidence of their pain for their doctors, insurance companies, or government agencies. It is the most effective pain management app to record, track, analyze, & share your pain.”

Features;

•Track your pain using a powerfully customizable yet simple entry screen

•Get insight to your condition through statistics, charts, graphs, and calendar views

•Sync with the cloud to safe-keep your records and keep all your devices up to date

•Share what you're going through by creating evidence-based reports for diagnosis, treatment, and claims

•Personalize your account by recording your medical and personal characteristics

•Get support from a responsive team and detailed user guides

Sleep/Relaxation

SleepBot – Sleep Cycle Alarm (Android & iPhone)

play.google.com/store/apps/...

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sle...

“Find out what's really happening in that missing third of your life...

The completely new Sleepbot is finally here! We’ve spent months developing a beautiful, intuitive sleep cycle tracker and dependable optimal alarm that lets you customize your sleep tracking. Record your movements and sounds during the night and wake up better each morning during light sleep.”

Features;

•Set and customize multiple alarms for your partner, as alerts

•Easily customize smart alarm, motion tracking, sound recording options

•Simple punch-in using widget, options for auto-silence and airplane mode

•Includes quick solutions to fall asleep and stay awake

•Set an automatic alarm to wake up.

•Set a reminder for you to go to sleep.

Sleepbot now contains the most comprehensive sleep analysis on the market—

•Tap detailed motion/sound graphs to play back sleep talk, snores, etc.

•Direct comparison between movement and sound correlations

•Trend graphs (length, sleep/wake times, pattern) to see your sleep quality over time

•Review your sleep statistics, debt log, and averages

•Never lose your sleep data – automatic backup to view and share at mysleepbot.com

Sleepbot is the only sleep application that includes: motion and sound graphs, sleep debt log, statistics, trend graphs (averages, sleep/wake times, patterns), multiple custom alarms, resources to help you fall asleep and stay awake and is completely free!

Relax Completely (Android & iPhone)

play.google.com/store/apps/...

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rel...

“A fantastic free hypnosis meditation session for deep relaxation which has received rave reviews around the world. Created by Darren Marks one of the UK’s leading hypnotherapists and trainers. Includes video interviews and relaxation tips.”

Features;

•The powerful hypnosis meditation audio session Relax Completely.

•A choice of beautiful, relaxing video animations to run with the audio program

•Video interviews to help you understand and feel comfortable with the process and to simulate as closely as possible what it’s like to see Darren in person.

•Additional tips for relaxation and reducing stress

Medication

Med Helper Pill Reminder (Android & iPhone)

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itunes.apple.com/gb/app/med...

“Med Helper keeps track of prescriptions, alarms remind you when medications need to be taken, notify you when Doctors appointments are scheduled and alert you when meds are running low or are about to expire.

Med Helper also tracks your vital signs and PRN / take-as-needed medications. You can log and export reports to your Doctor, Nurse or Caregiver and multiple profiles let you manage others in your care.

Whether you’re self-managing or taking care of your loved ones Med Helper is easy to use and there to help. It’s like having your very own Mobile Healthcare Assistant.

Depending on your needs, Med Helper’s features can help you manage very simple to very complex situations.”

Features;

Prescription list

- Name

- Medication Alias

- RX Number

- Instructions

- Reason

- Description

- Side Effects

Schedule

- Start date

- End date

- Schedule pattern

- Reminder Times / Alarm set

- Snooze

- Taken at

Inventory

- Refills Remaining

- Current inventory

- Expiration Date

Contact

- Doctor

- Pharmacy

Daily Schedule

- Time of Day

- Dosage

- Calendar view

Take as needed (PRN)

- Amount taken

- Time taken

- Last 10 doses / 24/hr

Med Log

- Daily view

- Calendar view

- Able to manage

Vitals Tracked

- Part of day

- Exercise

- Temperature

- Weight

- Pulse

- Glucose

- HbA1c

- Pain levels

- Blood Pressure

- Oxygen

Exportable Reports

RxmindMe Prescription / Medicine Reminder and Pill Tracker (iPhone)

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rxm...

“RxmindMe is a prescription reminder that uses multitasking to alert you every time you need to take a prescription. We allow you to enter all your prescriptions, setup reminders, and track when you have taken them.

We can handle the most complicated of reminders, if you are having trouble scheduling a reminder - please email our support.”

Features;

•NINE different types of reminders: Every "X" Number of Days, Hourly, Daily, on specific dates, weekly, on a particular day of the month, as needed, on a particular week of a month, or even just recording pills you took out of the blue

•Prescription Quantities now count down as you mark your reminders as 'Taken' will automatically update the prescription quantity!

•Export all your prescription data with ease! (Export Data in More menu)

•Take picture of your prescription (Devices with Cameras Only)

•Email Prescription History (Both email and Comma Separated Value - Imports into Excel and Numbers)

•Family Members for Medications

•The entire FDA Drug Database to search for your medications

•SECURE - All of your prescriptions are stored on your iPhone, no information pertaining to your prescription is EVER sent to our server

•All reminders are reoccurring

•Easy to use interface to turn reminders on - off - or delete them

•Historical tracking of your prescriptions and when you took them

•Now uses Multitasking to give you your notifications, allowing you to be using other applications and receive reminders

•Input of all your prescription information (But, you don't need to input your prescriptions to setup reminders)

•Passcode to prevent wondering eyes on your phone to see your prescriptions (Don't you hate it when people ask to borrow your iPhone?)

Diet/Lifestyle

mySymptoms Food Diary (Android & iPhone)

play.google.com/store/apps/...

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mys...

“mySymptoms is a food and symptom diary that aims to provide insights into the possible triggers of your symptoms. mySymptoms can be used for recording, tracking, and analyzing symptoms associated with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food intolerance, heartburn, IBD (irritable bowel disease), Crohn's disease, eczema, asthma, allergies, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headaches, bloating, or any other symptom you wish to record.”

Features;

DIARY

+ Record food, drink, medication, stress, exercise, environmental factors, and other activities and notes

+ Record any symptoms you experience (including intensity, duration, and notes)

+ Record your energy, sleep quality, and bowel movements (using Bristol scale)

+ View and modify your diary entries

+ Create and modify your own symptoms

+ Export your food diary as an HTML report for printing or sharing (note: requires SD card)

ORGANIZER

+ Add or modify your own drinks, foods, medications, exercises, and other activities

+ Add or modify meals with your own ingredients

+ Add or modify detailed ingredients to any item – food, drink or medication

ANALYSIS

+ Analyze your food diary to see what might possibly be triggering your symptoms

+ The analysis window can be set between 1 and 72 hours

+ Optionally set the date range to analyze

+ Results show a list of possible suspects for a selected symptom

+ Detailed results for each suspect includes more specific information, a histogram and trend chart

mySymptoms includes a small database of foods, medications, exercises, and environmental factors to help get you going. If you can’t find something, simply type its name in and tap the add button - it’s that simple! Once added, it's conveniently there for future use. You can also create personalized meals containing the ingredients that you use, and once you’ve added a meal or food item, you can use it repeatedly.

NOTE: mySymptoms currently supports portrait orientation only.

Memory

Call Recorder (Android & iPhone)

play.google.com/store/apps/...

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cal...

“Simple Call Recorder application”

Features;

- Enable/Disable call recording

- Records all your phone calls

- Play/Stop recorded audio by touch on the item

- Delete recorded items

- Lock recorded items to prevent from auto-cleaning

General Medical Info

WebMD (Android & iPhone)

play.google.com/store/apps/...

itunes.apple.com/gb/app/web...

“24/7 access to health information and decision-support tools.

WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need.”

Features;

•WebMD Symptom Checker – Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, & learn about potential conditions or issues.

•Conditions – Find medically reviewed information about Conditions relevant to you & learn more about causes, treatments, & related symptoms.

•Drugs & Treatments – Search our extensive database for information on Drugs, Supplements, & Vitamins. Access content such as Uses, Side Effects, Warnings, and more.

•Pill Identification Tool – Identify your prescription drugs and over the counter medicines by pill shape, color, & imprint.

•First Aid Essentials – Your handy guide for medical emergencies. From insect stings to broken bones, helpful treatment tips are always available, even without an Internet connection.

•Local Health Listings – Find the closest physician, hospital, & pharmacy based on your current location or search by city, state or zip.

Personalization:

•Create custom lists of Drugs, Conditions, and Articles

•Save custom lists securely

•Review your saved information anytime and anywhere

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  • Any for Windowsphone?

  • Sorry, but I didn't receive any recommendations for Windowsphone. It might be worth searching for some of these apps in your app store as some of the companies produce them for different operating systems.

  • I've been trying Med Helper for the past few days and it's great! Thanks for the post.

  • I'm really pleased to hear that you've found it useful.

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