Hi, I’m James, the founder and author of the Chronic Insights mobile app.

I have ankylosing spondylitis, an auto-immune condition which causes chronic pain and fatigue. I find it really hard to remember how my symptoms change over the months, years and decades I’ve had it, to explain to people how much it changes, and to figure out what actually helps or makes it worse. I also found that I was really bad at describing to my doctors how things had been going since I last saw them, which could be up to a year ago - I would forget details, or understate how much pain I’d been in, because it was too overwhelming to explain it all.

That’s why I decided to create Chronic Insights. I needed a way to easily record and visualise how my symptoms change over time, and I didn’t like any of the existing apps I could find to do this. I thought I could do it better, so I started writing a mobile app. And I’m glad to say, it’s really helping. This is what my ankylosing spondylitis looks like over about 3 months:

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James Allen (founder)  Photo by  Tynesight

James Allen (founder)

Photo by Tynesight