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Tracking Your Symptoms: A Symptom Diary for Teens

blonde-teen-taking-notesSpecifics about symptoms are incredibly valuable to me and my staff– if you feel like something is wrong start a symptom diary. The timing and grouping of gynecological symptoms can help us point to a specific condition or give us incredible insight into your day-to-day quality of life. The more information you can provide us, the better.

Over the years I have written several blog topics about the importance of keeping a symptom diary.  It’s especially important for teens to track their symptoms because their concerns are oftentimes overlooked or ignored; if they come to a parent or doctor with repeated issues, they are more likely to be taken seriously.

The Endometriosis Foundation of America has put together a paper symptom tracker on their website that you can print out and use; they call it the Personal Pain Profile.  This link takes you to a page with a PDF download with two pages:  Personal Pain Profile.  The first page is an outline of the female body and instructions on how to map pain.  The second is a daily symptom tracker where you check off which symptoms you experienced that day.  Although there are many symptoms of Endometriosis, this tracker has only five:  pain/bloating, heavy bleeding, exhaustion, digestive distress, or medication needed.

I would encourage you to use this sheet for a little while then make your own.  What symptoms do you experience on a regular basis?  What are the biggest issues you have during your period and throughout the month?  Remember to bring your notes with you to your doctor appointment!

Posted in Endometriosis, Periods/Menstruation, Resources, Symptoms, Teens / Kids / Young Adults

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