Stop for a second and think about this: 2.3 billion smart phone users worldwide will download an estimated 268 billion mobile apps in 2017. Three quarters of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone and nearly 90 percent of the time spent using a smartphone is spent within an app.
Given those statistics, it seems likely that at some point most of us will use a smartphone app to better manage our health, and to better manage life with MS — and there are plenty of MS-focused apps available. Making the most of all these options can be overwhelming and space on your phone may be a valuable commodity.
Here are a few you may find helpful (or at least they may lead you to others that better suit your needs):
My MS Manager is a free app for both Apple and Android that lets you track MS activity, store medical information and also generate reports based on metrics including mood, symptoms, treatments and more. It also includes links to additional resources and the ability to securely connect with members of your care team.
MS Self, free for Apple and Android, offers some interesting journaling opportunities, including the Journal Insight feature that provides “insights based on your previous journal entries and reveals important trends or changes related to your MS symptoms.” You will also find Fitbit connectivity and access to educational “Fact Cards” that include tools to “keep your mind and body in good health.”
Momentum Magazine by the National MS Society was named “one of Healthline’s Top 10 iPhone and Android apps of 2014.” This free app gives users access to Momentum magazine, the largest MS-related publication in the world. The magazine and app feature “stories of people living their best lives with MS, consumer issues, news of life-changing advances in MS research, and reports on MS activism.” (Full disclosure: I am proud to be a contributor to the magazine, too.)
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