Some of us have symptoms that fluctuate more than the stock market. In the morning you may be pain free, then in the afternoon the symptoms increase, and get better in the evening. On another day, the pattern is reversed.
Imagine if you could view this history of fluctuation like a stock market chart that was accurate to the minute. It would be a gold mine of insights, since each fluctuation tells the unique story of your health. You could trace each flareup to its origin. For example if you had a bad flareup in July, you could look back in the history and see that the symptoms started to increase on July 2 around 4:15. Then you could play detective and see what you were doing in the preceding hours, such as lifting weights, getting a massage, or using a particular supplement.
Or, you might want to plot your average pain level by time of day, or day of week. Knowing that the pain tends to be best around 9AM and worst around 7PM could lead you to a valuable insight. What is usually happening around those times? Does the symptom tend to get better or worse after meals?
With HealthPixel, it is very easy to track these level changes. From the HealthPixel home screen, tap on "Levels" at the bottom.
Click to set up a new Level Tracker. You can call it whatever you want, such as "back_pain", "energy", "stiffness", "tinnitus", etc. Choose what number scale you want to use. For example, you could have a 1-2-3-4-5 scale where 1 is the least and 5 is the most. Or a simpler scale would be 0-1-2, where 0 means no symptom, 1 means mild/moderate, and 2 means severe. If you want, write a label for each number in the "Description" box. Then press "Save" and go back to the home screen. Tap the button to indicate your current symptom level (e.g. pain level), and that button will show in light green. The next time your pain gets better or worse, just tap the button:
HealthPixel will record the time of each tap. If the pain stays the same, you don't need to tap anything. This means that if a symptom doesn't change frequently, it takes very little effort to track it. If you have multiple symptoms (such as back pain, leg pain, headache), you can define a level tracker for each.
If you forget to make an update, you can go back and change it later:
The app will analyze patterns in your data and give you a reminder when you may have forgotten to update your Levels.
When you click to view your chart, you will see a beautifully detailed view of your level history, showing every time when it changed. It is also included in your Excel data export.
Levels can be used for many things, not just health symptoms. Let's say you want to track when you are at work. Define a level tracker called "working", and set its scale numbers to just 0 and 1. This is a binary scale, where 0 means no and 1 means yes. Whenever you start working, tap 1, and when you stop, tap 0. Then, your chart will show a dashed line indicating when you were working.