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Keeping a Symptom Diary During Menopause

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How to keep a symptom diary during menopauseWhy should I keep a symptom diary during menopause?

Keeping track of your symptoms during menopause can be very helpful in a number of ways. The more you know about the symptoms you are experiencing and how they are affecting your daily life, the better able you can be to find successful solutions for you. If you are trying different treatments or hormone replacement therapies (HRT), a diary can help you see if there is improvement. You can also learn some of the triggers for some of your symptoms. A symptom diary also gives you a tool that allows you to share your symptoms with others, including your medical team.

It can be easy to forget which symptoms you experienced when, how intense they were, what might have caused them, what helped them, etc. Having a designated place to write down or store that type of information can help you keep things accurate so you can better manage your menopause symptoms. Your doctor can also review the data and be better able to understand your situation and offer more appropriate treatments.

A symptom diary can take on many forms, from traditional paper and pencil to apps for your electronic devices. If you like using paper and pencil, a notebook, traditional diary, calendar, or chart can all work. You can create your own layout or find samples online. Whatever you choose, try to include the following information:
  • Date
  • Symptom (hot flash, heart palpitation)
  • Intensity and/or duration
  • How you were impacted
  • Trigger
  • Treatment
  • Concerns or questions for your doctor
You might find it easier to keep the information on your phone, tablet, or computer. Again, you could create your own note, calendar, or chart, or you might want to try an app or online diary option.

You don’t have to let menopause rule you, and keeping symptom diary is one way that you can take charge. The diary will let you see which symptoms you are experiencing, how badly they are affecting you, what might be triggering them, and what treatments are helping. Whatever option you choose, be consistent. While a symptom diary can help you keep accurate track of your symptoms and treatments for them, it can only helpful if you input the data.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-28-2015 - 08:24 PM


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