Thousands of people suffer from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. When life is a daily struggle with pain, fatigue and brain fog, the impact can be devastating, especially as there is no cure.
Those living with fibromyalgia and chronic pain are more prone to psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression, as the condition saps sufferers of energy and motivation.
Finding a coping technique to help ease debilitating symptoms is often an ongoing process of trial and error. As there is no single product or item that will totally alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms, relief usually involves a combination of approaches.
Traditionally pain relief has come in the form of a prescribed medication, but new technology has seen radical developments in state-of-the-art products designed to help those suffering with constant pain.
This is a wearable device designed to reduce widespread pain by stimulating sensory nerves in the leg. It can be paired with a device to track pain intensity, activity level, sleep and treatment effectiveness.
- Reliefband Neurowave
Chronic pain causes many people to feel constant nausea. This special wristband attaches around the wrist like a smartwatch and is clinically proven to help. It works by sending a pattern of pulses to the wrist, which send signals to the brain, reducing the feeling of sickness.
- Visioncare Eye Massager
Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. These are a wearable pair of glasses that use a combination of heat and acupressure treatment to leave the eyes refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated as well as pain-free.
- Tricellar Pillbox
This smart Bluetooth pillbox can sense and notify when you have forgotten to take your medication and has an elevated notification that alerts a close family member or friend, making it particularly useful for more elderly sufferers.
Fingertip technology is a source of support for those living with pain and discomfort. Tracking and managing chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia has never been easier or more convenient with a wide range of free and paid-for, easy-to-download apps for both IOS and Android phones. These include:
- My Pain Diary
This is a user-friendly app designed to track flare-ups, which can help sufferers to spot trends and recognise potential triggers. It can also be used for other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or lupus.
- Chronic Pain Tracker
One of the best apps for understanding pain history and monitoring trends and treatment effectiveness. It records pain intensity and duration and keeps track of the weather, sleep, and mental state to help develop coping strategies.
- Manage My Pain
This app is ideal for those who may feel isolated or misunderstood. It tracks symptoms and creates easy-to-read charts and other data that sufferers can then share with a GP or family and friends.
An app that helps you take control of fibromyalgia by logging symptoms; pinpointing the exact location on a body model; and recording happiness, stress, fatigue and medication levels. There’s even a support forum connecting sufferers with each other.
- My Fibro Team
As chronic pain can weigh heavily on physical and emotional health, this popular app helps people connect with those who understand. It is a social network for fibromyalgia sufferers and ideal for those who cannot join a local support group.
- Fibromyalgia Magazine
This is an excellent resource for the most accurate, up-to-date information as well as treatment advice, alternative therapies and pain management tips and is aimed at those recently diagnosed as well as long-term sufferers.
Although none of these products or apps will provide a miracle cure for the symptoms of fibromyalgia, hopefully they can help sufferers to get through even the toughest of flare-ups.
Here at Brian Barr, we are not medical experts and these articles are aimed at keeping you as informed as possible about your condition and any news or advancements relating to the treatment of it. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.
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