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. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at email@example.com.
If you live with Crohn’s disease, you know how much effort and organization it takes to stay well from day to day. That’s where management apps come in. With features like symptom trackers, stress level monitoring, bathroom locators, plus forums for connecting with other people living with Crohn’s, these apps can be incredibly helpful tools.
If you’re living with Crohn’s disease, knowing where the nearest bathroom is of the utmost importance. With Bathroom Scout, you can find it fast. This handheld database includes more than 1.7 million bathrooms on iPhone and 1.3 million on Android around the world, from public restrooms to those in restaurants and stores.
Colonoscopy Prep Assistant
Crohn’s disease may mean a greater risk of colon cancer, so regular colonoscopy screenings are recommended. Liquid laxatives are often prescribed prior to a colonoscopy, and this app can help you manage the process. The Prep Assistant is designed to track time and alert you when it’s time to keep drinking. All you need to do is indicate whether you’re drinking a certain amount or until finished. Either way, it’ll help you prepare for your procedure.
GI Monitor is a robust app that tracks symptoms, bowel movements, pain and stress levels, weight, meals, and medication. You can note questions to discuss with your doctor, and the app makes it easy to see correlations between symptoms, medications, and food. The socialize feature also makes it easy to connect with people living with irritable bowel diseases (IBDs).
Low FODMAP Diet
Managing your nutrition is an important element of living with Crohn’s disease, and the Low FODMAP Diet is a simple utility that helps you do just that. You can quickly search a food to see whether it’s safe to eat or likely to cause digestive problems.
While this app was designed to track how often you use the bathroom at work so you can see how much you’re getting paid on the pot, it’s actually useful for people living with Crohn’s disease. Use it to keep a record of your bowel movement frequency and duration. Time stamps for each use makes tracking simple..
MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Another app designed to help you monitor your nutrition, MyPlate is a fast and convenient way to track calories. A comprehensive database includes more than 2,000 foods so you can see which contain the most calories. That makes it easy to stick to your personalized daily calorie goal. You can also track macronutrients and micronutrients, water intake, exercise, and your progress over time.
Another all-in-one app to manage IBD, myIBD makes it easy to track bowel movements, nutrition, pain levels, your mood, and your medications. The app also contains useful information about IBD in its IBD Academy section, as well as a personal history you can update.
GI Buddy was created by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) as an empowerment tool. You can manage your Crohn’s disease by tracking your symptoms and see how well you’re following your treatment and diet plans. Reports can be shared with your doctor and healthcare team.
My Crohn’s and Colitis Team
Understanding that you aren’t alone and that others are experiencing the same things you are can be incredibly empowering. This social network connects you with an understanding patient community where you can share updates and photos, get and give instant hugs, search a Q&A section, and more.
Bowel Mover Pro
This IBS symptom tracker gives you a better understanding of what works to manage your Crohn’s disease. By tracking your digestion and health habits, you can find patterns for stimulating successful bowel movements.
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