Painleave: Tracking Chronic Pain

Painleave helps you get to the bottom of your pain or illness once and for all. A pain-free life is waiting.”

A free service, Painleave encourages those of us who suffer with chronic pain to sign up, and keep track of our flares.

  • Record symptoms & uncover their triggers
  • Organize everything your doctors tell you
  • Keep track of your medications
  • Gain a deeper insight into your condition

In today’s world, we have to be our own advocate, our own doctor. It took me 7 years to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and a further 9 months to get the treatment I needed at the right levels. We have to know everything about our condition – no easy task, especially when you’re battling with pain, exhaustion, or “fibro fog”.

When you sign up, you have the option to add a symptom, a new medical appointment, and medication. To add a new medication, you click ‘add prescription’ on the right-hand side, then choose a prescription when you record the medication. You can indicate the dose, when to take it, and who prescribed it when, making it easier to keep track. I currently have a reminder on my phone every evening to remind me to take my amitriptyline!

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When you record a symptom, you can add further details, including the intensity level, with 10 being the worst. And you can keep track of doctors appointments too. Painleave is easy to use, with a friendly user interface, and is a great idea for anyone who suffers with a chronic illness.

You’re also encouraged to give feedback. The creator, Trevan, created it to better keep track of his wife’s chronic illness, and every piece of feedback helps to make Painleave even better. Personally, I’d like to see this as a mobile app, which notifies you when you need to take your medication, or reminds you of an upcoming appointment. Perhaps it could even sync with your phone’s calendar. The upcoming Premium feature looks as if it will have even more options, but it’s still early days.

I urge you to give Painleave a try, and see if it works for you. Living with a chronic illness can be tough, and if anything can make it easier, it’s worth a go!

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