What’s Bearable helping you to achieve?
Bearable is helping me understand how different factors, from weather to time with my friends, effects my various symptoms. It also gives me a more complete picture of how my symptoms fluctuate over time, which is extremely useful for doctors’ appointments, and seeing how new medications are working. For example, I recently stopped a medication that I suspected was making unrelated symptoms worse, and thanks to my insights, I could see that those things improved after I stopped.
What impact has this had on your health and/or well-being?
It’s really helping my piece of mind when I have doctors’ appointments because I’m no longer wondering, “wait, *have* my symptoms changed in the last 3 months?” I have the information right there, so I can plan what to tell my doctors ahead of time. On top of that, insights help me to confirm or discard theories about how certain things affect me. With that information, I can be better prepared for what the weather might do to me, or know to skip an activity if I can’t take the next day to recover.
What are the main reasons you’d recommend Bearable to somebody?
Bearable helps you notice trends you might not see otherwise, and it’s incredibly useful to have a record of your symptoms all in one place. It is user-friendly, and the most comprehensive symptom tracker I’ve found to date. It makes me feel more prepared for doctors’ appointments, and I think everyone with chronic conditions could benefit from that.
What else would you like to tell people about Bearable?
Even though I don’t feel in control of my symptoms, Bearable lets me feel informed about them. I’m able to see progress, which is encouraging. It also gave me confidence in my feeling that a particular medication was making things worse, which made it that much easier to tell my doctor. I’m not going to second-guess myself when I can see a chart that confirms what I’m thinking. I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say I would be heartbroken if I lost the app.
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