Doctor appointments are supposed to bring you help, right?  When you have a chronic illness, there will be many appointments.  Often, you’ll have quite a few appointments with various specialists.  This can keep you very busy!

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When you add being a homeschool mom to this, things can get very complicated.  If you don’t have a sitter, you’ll be taking your children with you to the doctor’s appointment.  When I had to take children to the doctor, it was tough!  My mind was on keeping them still and quiet, and I was very distracted from my mission.

Many appointments were ruined, because I was distracted or completely forgot something that had really been worrying me about my health.  Have you done the same thing?  It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to do better.  I needed to take a list of questions with me, so that I could get the help that I needed.

It’s hard to remember our questions, because many of us have brain fog, or even memory problems.  Some of my medications affected my memory, severely.  Once, I took a list of questions to my appointment, but forgot and left the list in my purse.  Another time, I couldn’t remember what I wanted to ask.  My list of questions was incomplete and so I wasn’t able to ask the doctor about something that troubled me.

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It’s good to keep a record of your health, so that you’ll remember everything you want to tell your doctor.  The easiest way to keep this record, and have it handy is to use an App on your phone.  I’ve been looking at these the last month or two and tried one that was free for my phone.  It really didn’t have all the things that I needed.

The more I searched, the more I realized that the best apps were for the iPhones.  Of course, I have an older Android.  So, my choices weren’t as good.  I’m now using Manage My Pain app for Android, and it’s free.  It’s easy to use and offers these great features:

  • tracks your pain levels and where your pain is located
  • Characteristics of your pain
  • Aggravating factors or triggers
  • Alleviating factors
  • Provides charts and graphs which summarize
  • Pain report that you can share with your doctor (provides summary and percentages of all the tracking)

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I’m using the lite version, which is free.  There is also a Pro version, that gives many more features.  This app should help me a lot, compared to what I usually do.  Trying to remember right before the appointment is just not good enough.

The iPhone app that I liked best is called TracknShare.  I love the detail that it provides and the graphs.  This app covers everything that I would want to track.  It even covers weight, physical therapy, medications and more.  I wish I had an iPhone or iPad to use this app.

Do you have a health tracker that you recommend?  I would love to learn what works best for you.

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

 

 

How To Track Your Chronic Illness

8 thoughts on “How To Track Your Chronic Illness

  • March 14, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    I keep a migraine and food diary, but I need to get better about it. I’m just so distractable.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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      I know what you mean! It’s really hard to write down all the foods!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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    Great tips. I alternate between forgetting to ask and being too timid to ask questions. I’ve learned to bring my husband if I can/ if it’s important. I use a simple notes app on my phone to keep track but your tracking app sounds very useful!

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    • March 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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      Husbands are the best! Mine always thinks of things that I don’t remember. They also have a different perspective, which can be helpful. All the best to you, as you go to appointments!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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    I like your post. Very good ideas to help prepare for appointments! Thanks for sharing them 🙂

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  • March 20, 2017 at 8:51 am
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    I use an ap that was designed for “moods”, I just set my moods as a pain rating and then it let’s put notes with it also! It’s great & not overly complicated!

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    • March 20, 2017 at 11:05 am
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      That sounds great! I love anything that is easy to use 🙂 I’m glad this one works so well for you!

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