Irritable bowel syndrome Health Record Software
People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should keep health records to better understand and manage their condition. IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Keeping a health journal allows individuals to track their symptoms, identify potential triggers, and monitor the effectiveness of treatments. In the health journal, individuals can record their daily food intake, noting any foods that may have triggered symptoms, as well as stress levels and other potential triggers like certain activities or emotional stress.
Measuring bowel movements and noting any changes in frequency or consistency can provide valuable insights. Additionally, tracking the use of medications and over-the-counter remedies can help identify which treatments are most effective. Lab tests and doctor visits can also be documented to track progress and discuss potential treatment adjustments.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
To manage my #IBS, I will try to avoid trigger foods like tomatoes and garlic and practice stress-relief techniques, such as #meditation or deep breathing exercises. I will also continue taking the antispasmodic medication as needed.
Today, I experienced #abdominal_pain and bloating after eating lunch. The pain was around a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, and it lasted for about 2 hours. I also had a couple of instances of loose stools throughout the day.
I had pasta with #tomato sauce and garlic for lunch, which may have triggered my symptoms. I also felt stressed at work this morning, which might have contributed to my symptoms.
I took one antispasmodic medication #Dicyclomine 10mg after lunch to help with the abdominal pain.
I had 3 bowel movements today, and they were looser than usual. #IBS
Last week, I had a #stool_test and blood work done to rule out other gastrointestinal conditions. The results were normal, indicating that my symptoms are likely related to IBS.
I have an upcoming follow-up appointment with #Dr.Smith in two weeks to discuss my symptoms and consider further treatment options.
*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.