Bowel Movement Tracker
Okay, let’s face it. No one enjoys talking about this subject, but for those of us taking opiod and other severe pain medications, constipation and other bowel movement problems are simply a fact of life. And, they can become serious medical issues if not dealt with in a timely manner. We created the Bowel Movement Tracker to ensure that our users have the tools they need to manage the full range of their chronic pain care and its consequences.
The Tracker allows you to record your bowel movements using the Bristol Stool Scale to identify the stool type along with the quantity and a flag if blood was present in the stool.
Diary Entry Input
Using the Tracker is quite simple. You first use the picker to select the appropriate Bristol Scale value that matches the bowel movement. Then set the flag for presence of blood (if needed).
Finally, you can use the slider to indicate an approximate quantity. The quantity is not based on a specific unit of measure, but instead is based on what you believe to be your average bowel movement size as the mid-point value. You can then move the slider up or down to indicate the actual amount as needed.
Summary Report Graph Samples
This graph uses variably sized hexagonal markers to indicate the date (x-axis), type (y-axis), and quantity (size of marker) of bowel movements recorded during the reporting period. It also uses an outer borer of red on the marker to indicate whether or not blood was present in the stool. Using this graph, your doctor can review your history and determine if additional medications or dietary changes need to take place to improve your bowel situation.
This bar chart shows the frequency for each Bristol Scale level based on the Tracker data. Again, this can provide a good indicator to your doctor as to whether or not constipation is becoming a problem for you.
This final graph plots the moving avg value for number of bowel movements per week (blue line). It also plots the overall average (purple line) for the reporting time period.