This app is best used by individuals who are monitoring and trying to identify patterns and behaviours in their life which may contribute to changes in symptoms, bowel motions, energy or sleep quality.
What does the app do?
The app is a general diary or tracking app that has provision to track drinks, medication, supplements, exercise, possible allergen triggers in the environment. It also allows you to track a range of symptoms (nausea, headache, diarrhoea, stomach pain, bloating, eczema, hay fever, heartburn and gas), bowel movements, energy and sleep quality. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play, App Store, App website and, for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Comprehensive and customisable food and symptom diary.
✔ Ability to log medication, stress, exercise, bowel movements, energy, sleep quality and environmental factors.
✔ Customisable algorithm that looks for foods that are associated with certain symptoms.
✔ Premium version provides detailed analysis including analysis for ingredients and provided a list of suspected contributors to resulting in certain symptoms.
✔ Creates a PDF report.
✔ Comes with a food database and barcode scanner.
✔ Extensive user manual.
✔ Data syncing.
✘ Accuracy of data entered in dependent on individual attention to detail and accuracy of estimates.
- January 2023, Version: 5.54, Android
- March 2018, Version: 5.196-f, Android
Common foods containing FODMAPS Healthy Live Media
Low FODMAP diet user guide Monash University, Australia, 2012
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Reviewer: Frances Arenhold, Registered Dietitian
Date of review: January 2023
Comments: The mySymptoms app providers users one place to record and monitor a range of behaviours and assists in identifying what factors in their life may be contributing to symptoms they are experiencing. Recording and analysing in one central place food, medication, stress, exercise, allergens, mood, symptoms, bowel movements, energy and sleep quality will assist users and health professional to identify factors contributing to the experience of symptoms.
New Zealand relevance: Users should consult a health professional before making changes based on results.
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: March 2018
Comments: This app is useful for people with unexplained symptoms attempting to see if certain foods may be correlated. It is basically a very full-featured, customisable food and symptom diary. You enter what you eat and drink and symptoms you have. The app then analyses the data and gives you possible foods that may be linked to these symptoms. The premium version gives you more in-depth analysis. The app only looks at correlation not causation (eg, it may be a coincidence for something to be linked). It is also important to remember that not all symptoms may be caused by what you ingest, so please see your doctor. It is also very important to thoroughly read through the user manual before use to get the most out of the app.
Safety concerns: This app only looks for correlation not causation. Just because a food appears to be linked to a symptom does not mean that it is a cause. The user manual acknowledges this. It is also important to mention that not all symptoms may be linked to a food or drink.
New Zealand relevance: The barcode scanner only had some New Zealand foods, but you can add foods manually.