For my first flare my doc asked me to keep one. I did - it was a calendar that I noted bms in the am, pm, and that woke me up at night. I also used it to note my pred doses, med changes, cramping, bleeding, etc. I also marked when I missed meds.
I used a "B" for lots of blood, a "b" for some blood, a "U" for urgency, a "C" for cramps. "L" for loose, and a plain tally mark for a bm that was "regular".
I would put a big star for good days. A smiley face for other good days. I would mark days I needed my pain killers with a PK.
It was interesting to see the correlations. My doc found it helpful too.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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