Burnaby, BC, Canada (PRWEB) January 15, 2008
Health-Kit.com launches a new tool in the fight against digestive ailments that helps patients manage their symptoms and monitor the effectiveness of their treatments more easily.
"Digestive ailments like IBS, crohn's and colitis have become so widespread in North America that they're almost epidemic," says Timothy Anderson of Health-Kit.com. "Conventional medicine seems to offer few treatment choices for people suffering from these diseases. The problem cannot be solved with an anti-biotic, and most of the time a surgical solution is massive overkill. What remains falls into the category of 'alternative treatments.' Unfortunately, this opens the door to unproven over-the-counter health-store products which may or may not be useful in treating the ailment."
So what can a patient do to determine how effective their treatment is? According to Anderson, the key is to record the effect of every treatment on the digestive symptoms you have and communicate this information to your doctor.
"Doctors rarely get an accurate picture of how your situation has progressed from day to day during the treatment period because they only see you infrequently. Being able to show them a record of how the treatment has affected your symptoms over time can be incredibly useful in evaluating the effectiveness of your treatment.
Step one is to keep a journal of the digestive symptoms you are suffering. Include dates and times, what symptom occurred, and how severe it was. Bring this journal when you visit your doctor. Over time, your memory will fade however your journal will provide a chronological, objective history of what happened and when."
But simply tracking the symptoms is only one piece of the puzzle. The next piece is to track the treatment results. After your doctor recommends a course of treatment, how do you know how well it is working? Anderson explains that a journal is crucial in this area as well.
"Keep a regular log of what treatments, procedures and medication you take, when you take it, whether with meals or not, and what the results are. Do you feel better? Worse? Are there any side effects of the medication? When do they occur?
Maintaining this journal over time helps you be aware of how much of a positive or negative effect a treatment is having on your overall health. With digestive disorders, there are many different treatment options available, and keeping a detailed treatment journal is a great way to make sure you get the most effective one for your situation."
According to Anderson, it is vital that everyone take an active role in managing their own health. Using a simple journal approach is the fastest and easiest way to help your doctor help you.
Anderson's web site offers free downloadable Digestive Health Kits containing spreadsheets and outlines for you to use to create your own health management journal. You can download the Health Kit for free from http://www.health-kit.com/digestive/
For more information about managing your health, contact:
529 - 6540 East Hastings St.
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5B 4Z5
Visit the Web site at http://www.health-kit.com/digestive/