Keeping a journal of your diet, changes in your lifestyle, i.e. exercise; vs. your symptoms i.e. pain, changes in bowel movements, or energy level, can go a very long way in helping manage your symptoms, giving you better overall health and quality of life.

These journal entries and notes can be as simple or as detailed as you can imagine or you’d like them to be, and can help out a ton when going to your gastroenterologist, as well as all the other other doctor visits, such as your general practitioner.

Expect your doctors to be thrilled to see you taking the initiative to be keeping these kinds of journals.

J. L M.

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