"The Abdominal Health Diary allows you to track your IBS-related symptoms alongside common triggers in order to identify what may be causing your discomfort. You can be as brief or detailed as you like, from tracking one food item you suspect may be causing you problems, to your entire diet, exercise routine and stress levels. You may find that one type of food or drink, a regular stressful situation or specific exercise directly relates to a flare-up of your symptoms. To get the most out of the diary, try inputting information on a daily basis for at least a month before collating your data (see Understanding your report section).
It is important to remember that this device serves as a helpful guide rather than providing a medical diagnosis or recommendation. Once you have generated a report it may be useful to share the information you have gathered with your GP in order to discuss your symptoms and triggers, and explore appropriate lifestyle and/or treatment solutions. If you haven't been medically diagnosed with IBS, you may want to visit a healthcare professional to get a diagnosis."
Professor Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester