JasonXXX wrote: . . . I’m a 31 year old male and I’ve been concerned about my GI area lately. For the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to produce a solid stool. I’ve seen blood in my stools in the past.
O Stoma Mia wrote:DDpers wrote: ...I'd like to also be able to track food, so I can look back to see if something I ate caused a problem, would be nice to just have one app to do this...
For over a year and a half now I have been using an Excel spreadsheet to track (1)Input, (2)Output, and (2) Exercise sessions, with columns defined as follows:
- Date/Time - Date and time for each event.
- Input - One line for each item consumed by mouth. This includes everything -- Food, beverages, medicines, vitamins, OTC items, cough drops, breath mints, etc., etc., one line for each item.
- Output - One line for each trip to toilet, with details on what came out, how much, along with other details. Also, one line for each bowel "accident".
- Exercise - One line for each exercise session, including exercises done, time spent on each, etc.
- Comments - Notes about transit time between eating and elimination, identified triggers, unexpected events, etc.
The spreadsheet makes use of a special coding scheme with letters and symbols representing attributes that are being tracked so that there is a more-or-less accurate record of what actually happened.
The use of this Excel spreadsheet over a period of many months allowed me to eventually identify the main triggers underlying bowel control for me. Now, I no longer need to use products like Imodium, Lomotil, Metamucil, Ex-Lax, etc. Everything is controlled now by the choice and timing of foods, which is determined by analyzing recurrent patterns in my Food/Toilet/Exercise log.
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