My Pain Diary HD: Chronic Pain & Symptom Tracker
By Damon Lynn
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Join more than 80,000 chronic pain sufferers who have better managed their pain and symptoms with My Pain Diary.
Created by a chronic pain patient to track, manage, and report on pain and symptoms.
Recommended by doctors worldwide. As seen in USA Today. Award-winning app! Best App Ever Awards 2013 (Honorable Mention). Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health Award (Winner).
Track your chronic pain, symptoms, triggers and more to create detailed reports you doctor will love!
- "My surgeon spotted something by looking at my graph and was able to diagnose another condition, which is now being treated."
Smart features such as automatic weather tracking and reminders make creating new entries a breeze.
- "What I like about this app is that you can completely tailor it to your needs, making it as simple or as complicated as you want. Sometimes I need to be extremely detailed; sometimes all I can bear to do is hit a number. It allows for that."
The interactive graph and color-coded calendar make it easy to spot patterns, trends, and correlations.
- "Helped me discover trends I would not otherwise have been aware of..."
My Pain Diary can be customized to suit your tracking need regardless of your condition. The flexible nature of the app makes it perfect for tracking anything from headaches and migraines to Fibromyalgia and CRPS.
Users are successfully tracking more than 60 chronic pain conditions with My Pain Diary including: Fibro, MS, Headaches, Back Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Anxiety, Depression, Lupus, RSD, Crohn's and over 60 other chronic health conditions!
WITH MY PAIN DIARY YOU CAN:
- Track just about anything.
- Learn how you are affected by weather. MPD automatically saves the following weather data with each new entry: humidity, barometric pressure, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, wind speed and direction.
- 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.
Created by a chronic patient after being diagnosed with RSD/CRPS, MPD strikes the perfect balance between utility and ease-of-use.
Track unlimited conditions, symptoms, triggers ,etc. Track multiple times a day if needed. Create entries for dates in the past. Edit entries at any time.
Weather data is saved automatically with each new entry and can be compared against your pain using the interactive graphs.
Document your swelling, rash, discoloration, etc with photos.
Color coded calendar:
Get a sense of your progress with just a glance.
Overlay various ‘metrics’ to get a whole new look at your pain. Want to see if that thing makes your pain worse? You can do that with the graphs.
Doctor Reports: Detailed reports can be emailed or printed for you and your doctors. The PDF reports can be configured to suit your needs and optionally include a graph, photos, notes and weather data.
Editable Pain Scale Descriptions: MPD comes with a pretty good default pain scale. However, you should consult with your doctor and replace it with their pain scale.
Flag an entry as ‘Private’ and it will NOT show up on a Doctor’s Report.
Keep consistent entries with the help of the built-in reminder system.
Get an extra layer of security by locking MPD. A 4-digit pass will be required to access the data.
Dropbox Backup: Ensure you never lose your data. Regularly backup your entries to Dropbox.
What's New in Version 3.1.0
Changing an entry's Color Flag no longer creates a new entry.
Weather tracking reliability improvements.
Major limiting factors
I really want this app to work the way it is advertised. However, apparently, if you try to customize the intensity descriptors for different conditions you wish to track, it changes it on ALL of your tabs while the default descriptors are fantastic for headaches, they do not make sense for many other conditions. Imagine my surprise when I customized the intensity descriptors for a digestive condition to find that it had over-ridden the headache descriptors on my headache tab. This lack of customization makes this useless to me beyond keeping tracks of headaches.
That alone may not have been enough to lower my rating to 2 stars, but the fact that the developer is forcing people to purchase the same app twice if they want it for their phone and iPad, pushed the rating down. I feel nickeled and dimes and I won't do it. Of course, that decreases the appeal of the app as I must now take notes if I have an episode while out and about and enter it into the iPad app later (which affects the validity of the weather tracking).
There seem like simple improvements that should be done to improve functionality and ease of use. Email questions to the developer have gone unanswered. If these simple changes are made, I will come back and revise my review.
Love this app!
Great app for tracking my pain, it will be so helpful for my doctors to understand what I go thru on a daily basis. The Dropbox is great, iCloud would be much easier. The notes are are nice to add, love the email PDFs and graphs. Suggestions: add a body with parts like the head section for headaches, it's very hard for me to describe exactly where my pain is as I have many trigger points all over my upper back, neck and chest. I don't know the names of all the muscles, so coming up with locations is difficult to explain. Or at least have a body, front and back you can put colored Xs on for markers and pain intensity. Some TPs are much worse than others. Also, it would be nice to put in one entry and add to that entry thru the day. I have to just keep adding to the notes section. The Save clip is hard to see, make the save word another color or have it blink as a reminder. I've forgotten to save several times! I would recommend this app to anyone who suffers from chronic pain as it really helps you realize what's going on with your body!
Great for keeping track
This is an amazing app and there isn't anything quite like it on the App Store (or as beautiful). I would like to suggest making it a bit easier to customize for other health issues and not just for pain. I was recently diagnosed with Graves' disease and there is a lot to keep track of. I've managed to personalize the journal the best I could, but it's not quite perfect. I'd love to see the ability to edit the intensity descriptions for each tab (i.e. For pains 1 might be hardly any pain but for mood 1 might mean happy). It would also be neat to somehow put an intensity next to each symptom within a tab and have an overall intensity for the tab as a whole. I love the addition of the head map-maybe add the whole body? Perhaps add a calendar and put notes or questions to ask the doctor on the calendar. Those are just things that would make it perfect for me...I don't know if they would help anyone else. I really do love the app and it's going to help me so much in logging all the things I need to log!