Rheumatoid arthritis Health Record Software

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) should keep health records to closely monitor and manage their condition effectively. A comprehensive health journal allows individuals to track the frequency and intensity of RA symptoms, such as joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, as well as any potential triggers like stress or specific activities. Measuring the range of motion and functionality of affected joints can provide valuable insights into disease progression and treatment efficacy. Regularly recording lab test results, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), helps assess disease activity and inflammation levels.

Additionally, keeping a detailed log of prescribed medications, including disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and pain relievers, helps ensure treatment adherence and identify any adverse effects. Documenting doctor visits, specialist consultations, and treatment adjustments fosters open communication with healthcare providers, allowing for a more personalized and optimal management approach.

Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
Planning to incorporate low-impact exercises like #swimming to improve joint flexibility.
Experienced moderate #joint_pain and stiffness in hands and wrists this morning (6/10 on pain scale). Swelling in left index finger slightly increased.
Ate out yesterday, and suspect the high #salt content in the #food might have contributed to increased inflammation.
Took prescribed #Methotrexate (10 mg) after breakfast. Also, used over-the-counter #Ibuprofen (400 mg) to manage pain and inflammation.
Assessed range of motion in #wrists and noted slight improvement compared to last week.
Recent blood work showed elevated #CRP levels (8 mg/L), indicating increased inflammation.
Upcoming rheumatologist #Dr.Brown appointment in 10 days to discuss treatment plan adjustment.
*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.