It’s a great idea to keep track of your symptoms—having a symptoms journal, if you will. That way, you and your gastroenterologist have a firm understanding of your disease activity and can gauge how your treatment is working or if it needs to be adjusted.
With a symptoms journal, there are a few important things to track:
- How often do you have symptoms (such as abdominal pain, loose bowel movements, and loss of appetite)?
- Have you experienced changes in your appetite or weight?
- How does Crohn’s impact you emotionally?
- How does it affect your daily life?
- How often you have other complications (such as joint, skin, and eye problems)?
Make sure to let a gastroenterologist know about your symptoms and if they change. Your doctor will continue to monitor your disease even if you’re not experiencing symptoms to check for inflammation inside your GI tract.