Manage Crohn’s with These Apps
If you have Crohn’s, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you know that managing your condition takes some effort. Treatment can help ease symptoms, but there’s no cure. However, with careful attention to detail, you may be able to pinpoint certain triggers and figure out which treatments are most effective for you.
Here are 10 apps that can help you track your symptoms, keep a record of your medications, or even help you find the nearest bathroom.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker
There’s no denying that people with Crohn’s disease have dietary challenges. Livestrong’s MyPlate Calorie Tracker is designed to keep track of calories and exercise. For those with Crohn’s, it’s a great way to monitor the diet.
Making sensible decisions is easy with MyPlate. A vast database of foods and restaurant items allows you to easily learn more about what you’re about to eat. The app also calculates the number of calories you’re likely to burn and helps you stay on track with weight and fitness goals. You can even access support groups and forums to help you in your quest for better health.
Every now and then, you need a mindless diversion — especially when you find yourself in the bathroom again. PoopTime keeps track of your bathroom time and, just for kicks, tells you how much money you earned while sitting there. “Poop facts” and “poop jokes,” plus options for sharing on Facebook and Twitter, make it a unique way to occupy your bathroom time.
Bowel Mover Pro
Bowel Mover Pro is the ultimate app for tracking your bowel movements. A daily tracker asks you how many bowel movements you’ve had, and even asks you about the texture. You’re also prompted to note your stress level and any special dietary needs. In addition, you can track how much water you drink.
This app advocates for a gluten-free diet to help with symptoms, so you’ll see a graph noting how many “gluten-free days” you have per month. If you’re trying to transition to a gluten-free diet, this feature can help you see whether or not it eases your Crohn’s symptoms.
When it comes to autoimmune diseases, providing accurate personal information to your doctor is vital. One patient went searching for an app that would help him do just that. When he couldn’t find one, he created GI Monitor.
With real-time symptom tracking, this app can help you find the links between dietary or lifestyle choices and symptoms, or between symptoms and treatments that work. You can even sync your data across multiple platforms. Printed reports will provide your doctor with more details about your life with Crohn’s, including what’s working for you and what’s not.
Managing a chronic disease is easier when you can chart your progress and make evidence-based decisions. The Hospital for Sick Children created myIBD for patients and doctors to get a better handle on treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s.
With this app, it’s fast and easy to record details about symptoms, appetite, and trips to the bathroom. You can view your information in text or graph form at any time. Additionally, the app keeps track of all of your medications, including alternative meds to help you avoid possible drug interactions.
FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Figuring out which foods contain these ingredients and which don’t can be frustrating. That’s where the Low-FODMAP Diet app comes in handy.
Simply type in the name of the food in question, and the app will tell you if it’s good, bad, or questionable. The app has information for about 250 individual foods, compiled from a variety of sources. When those sources disagree, the app gives the food in question an “unsure” rating. While it won’t be an answer to all of your dietary concerns, it’s a useful tool for people with Crohn’s disease. It can also be a helpful complement to a food diary.
Chronic illnesses require lots of cooperation between patients and their doctors. Having the information you need at your fingertips puts you in a better position to manage your Crohn’s. That’s why the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America came up with GI Buddy. With this app, people with IBD can easily share information with doctors.
The app is loaded with features to help you track symptoms, treatments, and diet. Check your data by week, month, or year to detect possible patterns, and have your reports emailed to you.
Having Crohn’s disease can be isolating. Your loved ones may not understand what you go through on a daily basis. This is why My Health Teams created the MyCrohnsandColitisTeam app. This social networking app is designed to connect you with others battling the same challenges as you.
Signing up is free: Simply create your profile and start searching for others directly in the app. You can even form your own Crohn’s team right in your area, and share photos.
Colonoscopy Prep Assistant
The day before a colonoscopy requires certain precautions. Do you remember how many glasses of laxative you’re supposed to drink? Or the date of the last procedure you had? If you think you may lose track of amounts and times, the Colonoscopy Prep Assistant has you covered.
Add instructions from your doctor to the app as soon as you get them. Then sit back and relax, knowing that you’ll be prompted when it’s time to take action again. This app is especially helpful for anyone with IBD and the regular colonoscopies that go along with it.
If you’ve got Crohn’s disease, chances are that you appreciate knowing where and how to get to the closest restroom.
Bathroom Scout can show you the closest toilet on satellite view, and lead you there turn by turn. With a database of more than a million public bathrooms around the world, this app can give you some added confidence when you’re on the go. Plus, because users can rate facilities and add new locations, the more people that use Bathroom Scout, the better.
Crohn’s Apps Help You Gain Control
The purpose of most of these apps is to help you gain control over Crohn’s. The first step toward that goal is creating a trail of information. So whether you’re tracking your symptoms or just passing the time while in the bathroom, these apps can give you a better handle on things. After all, you’ve got enough to worry about.
We selected these Crohn’s apps based on their potential to aid people in living with Crohn’s disease in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to Crohn’s and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make Crohn’s more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.