Manage My Pain app

An app for people with migraines wanting to keep track of their symptoms and triggers.

ManageMy Pain (Lite) 

 By Managing Life

Manage my pain app logo Features
  • Pain log
  • Symptom tracker
  • Trigger recording
  • Graphs and reports
  • Reports for sharing
  • Requires upgrade for more features

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Available from

App website            Google Play 

Cost

Lite version is free
Upgrade to pro version US $4.99

What does the app do?

This app allows you to keep track of your pain by recording its intensity, location, associated symptoms, description, aggravating factors, ineffective factors, alleviating factors, duration and environment. You can also keep a record of your medications and meaningful daily activities ('what did you do that mattered to you today?'). The paid upgrade version allows you to view more than 10 records and has improved sync capabilities. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or App website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or the app website.

PROS CONS 

✔ Designed by doctors at a chronic pain clinic.

✔ Each section for pain details (location, symptoms etc) is customisable when logging. Note that medication is added in the profile section.

✔ Types of questions asked when logging are those that are useful to both doctor and patient capturing pain and function.

✔ 
Logging is fast and easy, and easy to read reports can be generated to pdf and then emailed or printed for sharing with your doctor. If your doctor is signed up, they can view your records remotely and it can alert them if the app detects that you are at risk.

✔ Reminds you to log your pain.

✘ Does not include education or information on pain and its management.

✘ Can only log 10 records at a time on the free version, but this would still be helpful.

✘ Available on Android only.  

Privacy and security

The app has a privacy policy which is displayed when first loading the app, which states that deidentified or aggregate data will be shared with third parties such as pharmaceutical companies. The app has provision to email reports, but as a security check, a password is required before accessing this information outside the app. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: November 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 2.69

Learn more

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Practical Apps 9: chronic pain 
my health apps: manage my pain lite

References

  1. Rahman QA, Janmohamed T, Pirbaglou M, et al. Patterns of User Engagement With the Mobile App, Manage My Pain: Results of a Data Mining Investigation. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Jul 12;5(7):e96. 
  2. Chaudhry BM. No gain without pain: using pain tracking mobile Apps. Mhealth. 2016 Jul 4;2:27. 
  3. Lalloo C, Jibb LA, Rivera J, et al. "There's a Pain App for That": Review of Patient-targeted Smartphone Applications for Pain Management. Clin J Pain. 2015 Jun;31(6):557-63. 
  4. Wallace LS, Dhingra LK. A systematic review of smartphone applications for chronic pain available for download in the United States. J Opioid Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;10(1):63-8.