Colitis Food, Symptoms, Meds Diary

Colitis Diary

If I ever offer advice on a Colitis forum, I always try to add a note about how useful it is to keep a diary. The longer you keep the diary; the more useful it becomes, just as, the more indepth the diary; the more useful it is.

Colitis Diary

I'm sure all UCers are serious about finding a way to get into remission; unfortunately it takes work. Keeping a diary can be a pain but it's a small price to pay in my opinion.

The diary I now keep was started about 3 years ago, although I have to admit at first there were less details and more gaps where I didn't complete it! However, after the worst flare-up I'd experienced, I became a lot more disciplined, and there's a lot more accurate information in it as a result; some of which has helped me eliminate symptoms.

Here's what I keep a record of:

Stool Consistency: Colon Symptoms: Bowel Movements: General Symptoms: Body Info: Meds: Diet:
  • Firm
  • Soft
  • Liquid
  • Blood
  • Mucus
  • Diarrhea
  • Aches
  • Cramps + pain level
  • Urgency
  • Bloating
  • Gurgling
  • Gas
  • How Many
  • When
  • Large
  • Medium
  • Small
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy Skin
  • Weight
  • General notes
  • Which
  • How Many
  • Time eaten and what I ate for:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

I found the easiest way of keeping this diary was on a PC. I prefer to use Microsoft Excel because it can be linked to graphs and charts which I find very useful when looking back at flare-ups etc. I generally make notes on my phone during the day and add them to the excel diary in the evening.

As ever with Colitis everyone has different symptoms, diets and meds, but hopefully my Diary will some ideas to those thinking of starting one. This is a screenshot of my diary

As I mentioned, a good thing about Excel is that you can link numbers to charts and graphs. I've done this and found it to be very useful as a visual guide to spotting changes in my symptoms at certain times. This is a screenshot of the chart that my diary links to

For those who decide to give it a go, if you haven't got Microsoft Excel, you can download a free equivalent at 'openoffice.org'. I haven't used the openoffice version for a diary, but I've used it for other things and they are doing a great job of making it work the same as the Microsoft version.

If anyone is interested in using or adapting my diary, I am happy to email the XLS file to you - please contact me at: email@ucer.info