A little bit of knowledge is a powerful thing. Whether it’s managing your diet, tracking your symptoms, speaking with friends or even finding the nearest loo, rest assured there’s a site or app for it. Here are five super-useful sites or apps that may make living with IBD that little bit easier.
This site supports people wanting to travel about in New Zealand by letting them know where different services are. Use the interactive map and zoom into different regions to see where public toilets are located. Available as an App too.
Developed by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, MyIBD is an easy-to-use app that helps sufferers monitor and record their symptoms.
The idea is that by taking responsibility for actively documenting not only symptoms, but pain levels, diet, medications, mood, and stool, patients can significantly increase the quality of the information they report to their clinician. This, in turn, can help the patient to develop effective management plans in consultation with their specialist.
As well as the reporting function, MyIBD links to a series of educational videos about IBD, which can be helpful in understanding the disease.
Another useful monitoring app is GI Buddy. Developed by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, GI Buddy is similar to MyIBD in that it allows users to record their symptoms, log the food they eat, document treatments and medications, as well as monitor their overall wellbeing.
One particularly handy function of GI Buddy is the ability to generate longer-term reports, which can be emailed to a patient’s clinician, in order to identify trends and developments with the disease.
It also provides access to community boards which encourage IBD sufferers to share their experiences.
Flush is all about finding a bathroom when you need it. Where it’s likely to be most useful is travelling overseas as it will find toilets in other countries as well.
Flush uses location-aware technology to map out all the public toilets in your area, and allows you to search for loos in specific locations.
There’s also a crowd-sourcing element to Flush – if you find a public toilet that isn’t on the map, feel free to submit your own pin to let others know where to find it.
My Fitness Pal
The final one on our list is not merely a great app for IBD sufferers, it’s a great app all round. A long-time App Store editor’s choice, My Fitness Pal has a very simple premise: that tracking everything you eat can help you keep healthy.
The food diary is easy to use (and most of the items you’re likely to eat are already listed), and it automatically connects with other health apps and devices (like a smartwatch or pedometer) to give deeper insights into your wellbeing.
Plus, if you’re looking to get a little healthier, there are some useful goals to help motivate your exercise and weight loss.