GERD Health Record Software
People with Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease should keep health records to effectively manage their condition and identify patterns that may trigger or exacerbate symptoms. Maintaining a health journal allows individuals to track symptoms related to GERD, such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. They can also document potential triggers, such as specific foods, beverages, or activities that worsen their symptoms. Regularly measuring symptoms' severity and frequency can help assess the effectiveness of lifestyle changes or medications in controlling GERD.
Additionally, individuals can record any lab tests, such as pH monitoring or endoscopy, to evaluate the extent of oesophageal damage and monitor their treatment progress. Tracking medications taken, such as antacids or proton pump inhibitors, allows them to monitor their response to treatment and identify any side effects. Doctor visits and medical procedures, such as consultations with gastroenterologists or surgical interventions, can also be recorded in the health journal to ensure comprehensive health management.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
I will avoid spicy and large meals in the future and try eating smaller, more frequent meals. I will also elevate the head of my bed to reduce nighttime #reflux. If my symptoms persist or worsen despite these changes, I will schedule a follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist.
Today, I experienced a burning sensation in my chest after eating a large, #spicy_food beef for lunch. The heartburn persisted for several hours, and I also felt occasional regurgitation.
The #heartburn and regurgitation might have been triggered by the spicy food I had for lunch.
I took an over-the-counter antacid #Gelusil to alleviate the heartburn and discomfort.
I measured the frequency and intensity of my #heartburn today, and I noticed an increase compared to the previous few days.
I had a scheduled follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist #Dr.Brown today. We discussed my symptoms and treatment progress, and my doctor recommended adjusting my medication dosage to better control my GERD symptoms.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.