We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user reviews, timely updates, and overall impact in providing support for people who have Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is currently no cure, but there are ways your doctor can help you to manage it. It affects approximately 700,000 people in America, and occurs in men and women equally.
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is not known, but it is thought to be an immune system malfunction that may be hereditary. What is known is that this disease causes pain, diarrhea, and weight loss, as well as a loss of quality of life. Many people with the disease avoid events or locations that may not have adequate bathroom facilities to accommodate them.
With the following apps, learn how to track information that can help you manage your Crohn’s, or simply make life with the condition easier.
When you have Crohn’s, knowing where the bathrooms are can mean the difference between going out and staying at home. This app gives you the location of the nearest bathrooms from wherever you are. It also includes a map with directions for how to get to them, as well as the option to add public bathrooms if you find others that are not yet listed. If you want to rate a bathroom or read someone else’s rating, you can do that too!
Bowel Mover Pro
The best way to manage your Crohn’s disease is to know what helps and what hurts. This app helps you track what you eat, drink, and do on a daily basis. It then allows you to log whether or not you had a bowel movement and its texture. Once all of this information is pulled together, you and your doctor will be able to identify patterns and habits that are both helping and hurting.
Colonoscopy Prep Assistant
If you have Crohn’s disease or another IBD, your doctor will most likely schedule you for a colonoscopy from time to time. This is an important step in managing your symptoms and ensuring that there is not further damage happening. However, the prep for it can be difficult and it involves a lot of clock watching. This app will take your focus off of the prep and onto something else more pleasant. This simple, easy to use app will give you reminders for each time you need to drink more or take more of the prep medication.
GI Buddy app allows you to track symptoms, treatments, meals, and lifestyle activities. It also gives you the option to log how you feel and if you skipped a meal. Its basic design makes it quick and easy to log each item without taking up too much of your time. This in turn makes it easier to manage your IBD. It has the added option of emailing the results to yourself or your doctor.
Whether you have Crohn’s, colitis, or another IBD, tracking all the symptoms your doctor needs to know about can be difficult. The GI Monitor gives you an easy way to note the time, severity, and types of symptoms you have throughout the day. It will also help you manage your medications, weight, and other information your doctor will ask you for. Plus, it can all be printed out in an easy to read report that you can just hand to your doctor.
For those with Crohn’s or other IBDs, what you eat can make a big difference in managing your symptoms. This app will let you search for a wide variety of foods and see whether or not it will cause you problems. For some people, foods high in FODMAPS, a type of carbohydrate (sugar), cause more problems than others. You are empowered with this app to make an educated decision on what to eat on a daily basis. It also takes some of the guesswork out of whether or not a food will aggravate your symptoms.
Sometimes you just need to connect with someone who understands what you are going through and this app helps you do that. Connect with others who truly understand what it is like to manage Crohn’s or colitis. Ask questions, get answers, and find support from others in this dedicated community. You are also able to give and receive hugs as you and others go through difficult days.
This app has a little bit of everything you need to successfully manage your IBD, while still being simple to use. You can track your pain and pinpoint the specific area. You are also able to track your level of nausea after every meal. Add to that the ability to track mood and medications as well as keep notes, and you are on your way to keeping all your IBD information in one place. Then for doctor appointments, you have everything in either text or graph format.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, or just track nutrients and calories on a daily basis, this app makes it easy. Choose foods from the extensive database or scan the barcode to log what you are eating. You can then track the nutrients including protein, fat, and carbs. To make sure you are taking in enough liquid, it also tracks your water intake. Round it out with the support of a community of others using the app and great articles to answer your questions.
Sometimes it helps to have fun with a difficult situation. IBDs are definitely difficult to deal with on a daily basis, so this app makes a game out of the time spent in the bathroom. This is just for entertainment, but helps put a bit of a positive spin on things. Using this app, you can time each session and earn “money” for the time you’re committing.
On the practical side, it tracks how often you used the bathroom during the day, which is information that would be helpful for your doctor to know.