Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptom Journal

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on April 17, 2021

An irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptom journal can help you and your doctor figure out what triggers your IBS, and how to deal with those triggers.

Fill this out as soon as you experience symptoms. Print extra copies to have on hand.

Remember, a variety of factors can set off IBS: Certain types of food, the volume of food, stress, medicines, your menstrual cycle, and your environment.

You may find, for instance, that you tend to feel bloated after eating snacks during office meetings. Knowing what influences your eating and what causes you distress can help in developing prevention strategies.

IBS Symptom Journal

 Date/Time Symptoms Began   
Date/Time Symptoms Ended   
Description of Symptoms (pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc.)   
Where were you and what were you doing when symptoms started?   
Pre-Symptom Activity   
Type of Food Eaten   
Amount of Food Eaten (Rate 1-10 with 10 as an excessive portion.)   
Medications Taken   
Suspected Trigger(s)   
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Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the "American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion."

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