If you are living with a chronic pain condition, you deserve a pain tracker that is easy to use with helpful features for your daily list. These are the best pain tracker apps in 2020 for better managing your condition and preventing pain flare-ups.
Why is it so important to use a pain tracker app?
For those who suffer from acute pain conditions, treatment usually leads in a straight line to recovery. This is not always the case for chronic pain conditions. Using a pain tracker app can help you:
- Identify patterns to your symptoms
- Figure out triggers
- Pinpoint treatments that actually work to ease your pain and provide relief
Using the best symptom tracker apps can also help your doctor get an overall understanding of what’s happening during your days. This is important. It can help them establish the most accurate diagnosis of challenging (and often underdiagnosed) pain conditions like endometriosis and fibromyalgia.
The best pain tracker apps in 2020
The best pain tracker apps will all share some key features. The app should be accessed easily from a mobile device. It should have space to record pain levels. The ability to communicate results to a doctor, either electronically or through a printed report, is also key.
There are other features that make pain apps even better. For 2020, the following pain tracker apps are at the top of our list.
- Chronic Pain Tracker
- My Pain Diary & Symptom Tracker
- Migraine Buddy
- iBeatPain for Teens
- Manage My Pain
- Pain Scale
- WebMD Mobile Pain Coach
- FibroMapp Pain Manager
- Care Clinic
- Smarter Symptom Tracker
- Year in Pixels
As always, discuss the best option with your doctor.
The best feature of this app is that it builds community among chronic pain patients with a forum that connects chronic pain patients (and their doctors). When you track your pain, doctors and researchers study the anonymous data you submit. This data guides new areas of research.
CatchMyPain allows you to track not only pain levels but also moods and stress that might affect them.
Available for Android and iOS, free and paid versions.
Chronic Pain Tracker is one of the original and most detailed pain tracker apps out there. It offers tracking in 19 categories, including pain intensity, location, and duration.
Compile a .pdf of data to share with your doctor to identify any trends or potential triggers.
Available for iOS, free “lite” version and a “pro” version.
The University of Michigan developed GeoPain for people participating in chronic pain and migraine studies. Its unique features allow users to draw the pain on a 3D image and color code symptoms depending on intensity. This helps to visualize what’s going on as well as to monitor progress or changes.
GeoPain also has standard features of any good pain tracking app, including the ability to track treatments, triggers, and side effects of medications.
Available for free for iOS and Android phones.
The color coding on My Pain Diary makes this pain tracker unique. Log symptoms and track pain and other related events (e.g. weather). Using this information, My Pain Diary will work to make connections to better predict future pain flare-ups.
You can also attach photos to share with your doctor and set reminders for appointments and medications.
Available for Android and iOS phones, both free and paid versions.
MySymptoms is one of the most comprehensive pain management apps we’ve seen. Track your day, including everything from how you slept to the quality of your bowel movements. Developed by a person with irritable bowel syndrome, this app focuses primarily on food and exercise as both trigger and treatment.
Available for iOS and Android for $2.99.
When it comes to living with chronic migraines, Migraine Buddy is the friend you did not know you needed. Being able to predict weather-related migraines with a 24-hour heads-up? Check. Easy and simple recording of triggers? Check. Seamless reports to share with your doctor? Check.
Plus, connect with other migraineurs in chat groups and access guides and research on living with migraine headaches.
Available for iOS and Android phones, free (with in-app purchases).
Sometimes what works for adults just isn’t the best option for teens, and pain tracker apps are no different. iBeatPain for Teens is designed to include not only standard pain tracking features, but also includes school participation sections and specific relaxation techniques for teens.
Available only for iOS phones (free).
Flaredown is an easy-to-use app that can be set to your chronic pain condition. From there, it presents a list of common triggers and symptoms. Why do we love this so much? Some days scrolling through a long list of symptoms to find yours can be overwhelming. Flaredown focuses on your specific condition.
You can also track food from a list of over 200,000 entries, weather, and all medications or treatments (including natural or complementary treatments you receive).
Available for free on iOS and Android phones.
This pain management app can help the families of those who suffer better understand what daily life is like with a chronic pain condition. With easy to read charts and graphs, tracking symptoms and triggers is clear and easy.
The best feature? Helping family members to better visualize your experience of chronic pain.
Available for Android, with a free “lite” version and in-app purchases.
PainScale is a relatively new pain tracker that covers chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, nerve pain, and chronic back pain.
Log symptoms for your conditions and get daily, targeted tips. These can help you manage your pain and get your life back.
Available for free download to both iOS and Android phones.
If you have ever searched your symptoms online to get some answers, this pain tracker app might be for you. With a focus on education, WebMD Mobile Pain Coach provides tips on how to manage your pain with diet and exercise.
It’s also a great pain tracker, with features that allow you to keep a diary of pain levels and locations on your body, along with symptoms and triggers.
Available for iOS and Android phones for free.
Don’t let the name fool you. Developed by a web developer who suffers from fibromyalgia, this pain tracker app can also help track and manage symptoms of other chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, and arthritis.
There are trackers for everything from sleep to mood to pain levels. Worried about when medications are due? This app has an alarm to make sure you are on track and not over- (or under-) medicating. Print or email reports for doctors or insurance, too. Finally, you can also display a year’s worth of graphs to get a long-term picture of your pain.
Available for iOS ($2.99) and Android ($2.84).
13. Care Clinic
Care Clinic allows you to track pain, triggers, and other valuable information to share with doctors and caregivers. Set reminders for appointments and medications and easily sync data from other wearables (such as Apple and Google health trackers). With built-in drug libraries and reference materials, you can stay updated on research and potential treatments, too.
One of our favorite features of this pain app is that it doesn’t just track. It also helps you create an action plan for treatments that may include food, exercise, and medications. It also has a feature that points out potential medication interactions.
Available for iOS and Android, both free.
This app is used by both patients and their doctors to coordinate and track symptoms and care. Patients use the mobile app to:
- Log symptoms and treatments
- Record diary entries
- Refill prescriptions
Doctors then use the web version that is synced to the patient version to record progress in treatment and track any changes that need to be made.
Available for free on iOS and Android.
Based on the idea that a tracking app empowers patients to take control of their health, Symple tracks diet, activity, and medication.
It also syncs data from Apple Health to build a clearer picture of your overall health and well-being (and any changes).
Available for free on iOS, with enhanced features for paid versions.
Curable is a pain management app uses a different approach to track and manage chronic pain. The three founders of this app all suffer from chronic pain. They have gathered doctors and researchers across the spectrum of chronic pain conditions to help design and deliver pain management exercises and tips for relief of your specific pain.
Clara is a virtual assistant in the app who leads you through exercises that take a biopsychosocial approach, connecting mind and body. Used in conjunction with other pain tracker apps, Curable is one way to look at your chronic pain differently.
Available for iOS and Android as a monthly subscription ($4.99 a month, billed annually).
17. Year in Pixels
We couldn’t resist bringing an artistic flare to the list.
Year in Pixels functions as a visual representation of a pattern of pain and symptoms using colored-coded pixels. You assign a color on a pain rating scale, and then use that scale to rate your day. The app also features a place to record emotions or other details to provide a better picture of how your day went.
Available free for both iOS and Android, with in-app purchase options.
Don’t want to use pain tracker apps?
Not interested in downloading another app to your phone? We get it. There are many different ways to track pain, diet, activity, and triggers that don’t involve staring at a screen.
We like the idea of going analog with a pain tracker bullet journal as a way to channel some creativity while tracking symptoms and treatments. You can also use pain scale charts to give yourself (and your care providers) a quick visual of how you are feeling.
Get help with your pain
No matter how you track it, our team at Arizona Pain can help you make sense of what you’re feeling. If you are experiencing chronic pain and looking for a comprehensive, compassionate treatment plan, get in touch today. We can help you get your life back.