IBD: There's an app for that!by Jennifer Mitchell Wilson B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional
In this day and age there is an app for practically everything. If you have IBD there are some good apps you can use to get a handle on your health. Here are a few free apps for you to check out:
GI Buddy App is a free tracker tool for anyone with Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis. This app has the seal of approval from the CCFA (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America) and will track symptoms, treatment and overall well-being. It can also generate reports to show your physician trends in your symptoms and health. The app is available for free on your iPhone or as a desktop tool.
myIBD App was made by the Hospital for Sick Children but can be used for any age group. This app tracks stool, food, pain, mood, medications and other issues. There are sections in which you can give further descriptions of stool consistency and an area where you can tap to highlight the section of your abdomen where the pain is located. This app is free and runs on Android 2.2 or higher.
GIMonitor is an app by Medivo that allows you to track GI symptoms, record pain levels, log meals, monitor stress and customize symptoms. There is also the ability to talk directly with other patients. This added function can be very helpful in providing support for IBD patients. The app is free and available for iPhone, Android or Web use.
The last app is the Wellness Widget available through the iTunes App Store. With this app, you can record symptoms and triggers, generate wellness reports for your doctor, and set text alerts for taking medications, appointments or prescription refills. Managing the information so it will be easily accessible for your physician is one of the best functions of this app.
Fiind an app that works for you and use it consistently. Tracking your disease management can provide invaluable information for you and for your physician. Patients who keep close track of their diseases and provide this kind of information to their physician have better overall outcomes. Now that there are several apps to choose from there is no reason not to
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