New phone tracker for multiple sclerosis symptoms
The first dedicated phone symptom tracker app for people with multiple sclerosis has been launched. The free app has been designed by people with MS and developed in conjunction with pharmaceutical company, Novartis.
SymTrac helps people with MS to take more control of their health by monitoring changes in their condition more effectively. The app records symptoms of MS and general health and wellness information, including what part of the body is affected and the severity of each symptom recorded. It allows users to build a comprehensive picture of how they feel over a long period of time, and creates easy-to-read charts which can be stored and shown to healthcare professionals during medical consultations.
New research has found that one in three people (31%) with multiple sclerosis in Ireland do not keep any record or notes on changes in their MS symptoms in-between their medical appointments. This is despite the fact that these changes may indicate an MS relapse or attack which can be a sign of disease progression.
Almost half of the respondents (45%) said that they have experienced a relapse in their symptoms but did not report it to their healthcare professional, yet nearly 35% agreed that reporting relapses to their healthcare professional is extremely important.
Consultant Neurologist Dr. Killian O’Rourke from the Mater Hospital believes it is very important to record a relapse: “An increase in relapses can mean that a person with MS might require a different approach to their treatment. It is incredibly important that people with MS record any changes they notice in their condition so that they can discuss those changes with their healthcare professional and informed decisions can be made about managing their MS most appropriately.”
Symtrac can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and requires iOS 7.0 or later. An android version is also available from Google Play. Alternatively, a paper version of the symptom tracker can be downloaded from www.symtrac.com
For more information on SymTrac and the Understanding Relapse in Multiple Sclerosis booklet please visit Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.