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How can keeping a journal help you manage your ulcerative colitis?

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Writing down your symptoms can help you doctor better treat your condition. It can help you create a list of foods to eat and to avoid, figure out what sets off your flares, and spot potential problems.

You can track how often you go to the bathroom, how much comes out, and the amount of blood you might be losing. Also, pay close attention to the color of your pee and if you’re urinating as much as you used to. Make sure to keep track of your health on good days and bad.

SOURCES:

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon, colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Uptodate.com: "Ulcerative Colitis in Adults, the Basics."

National Institutes of Health: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon, colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Uptodate.com: "Ulcerative Colitis in Adults, the Basics."

National Institutes of Health: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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