How to track CI symptoms

How do you tracking your health stuff?  I’ve been looking for a good method but I just don’t know where to start.  The thing about chronic illnesses is that they’re, um, chronic.  Ok, yeah, that’s obvious, but hear me out.

If I had an ear infection and the doctor wanted me to track the pain for a few days, that would be easy.  But with a chronic illness, it means tracking things for the rest of my life.  Also, with the ear infection, I’d just be paying attention to pain.  With chronic illnesses I need to track pain, fatigue, nausea, blood tests, medications, MRIs, and many other things.  It’s a lot to keep track of!

A good tracking system could be invaluable.  Have you ever gone into the doctor, told them you were feeling better, then later wondered why on earth you said that?  I have.  I may have been feeling better at the time, but that didn’t mean I was doing better over all.  Oops.  It could provide a less subjective-to-the-moment viewpoint.  Plus, how great to be able to see how symptoms varied based on changes in medications or menstrual cycles.  But wait, stress could be a factor, so I suppose I should track stress levels too.  Oh, and climate makes a huge difference, so I should include that.  And working plays a huge role, so weekdays vs. weekends vs. vacations should be included.  And of course it should be electronic.  And it must be searchable, so that I enter a search term and I can see everyplace it occurs.

And based on all of this, I am suddenly spending an hour or more every day filling out information about how I am feeling and possible contributing factors.  It’s just too much, right?  How are we supposed to do this?

Someone must have a good solution.  If you have one, could you let me know?  Thanks!

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