How to log your MS symptoms with Emilyn
One of Emilyn’s most loved features is the symptom check-in.
It’s your chance to log your symptoms and mood. Your check-in can be as detailed as you like depending on what you’re hoping to get out of symptom tracking.
This article is a practical guide that walks you through how to log your symptoms in the MS management app, Emilyn.
There are three stages to checking in with Emilyn
- Log how you’re feeling from great to very bad
- Log specific symptoms and their severity from 1 - 5 (optional)
- Add notes (optional)
Some people use it as a full journal. There is a notes section where you have the ability to write down whatever information is useful to you alongside your symptom severity log.
We’ve written a whole guide about how to use a journal for MS if you're interested to learn more.
The stages of completing a check in with Emilyn
- Open the Emilyn app or click on your notification
- Tap check in
- Log how you’re feeling (great - very bad)
- Continue to add symptoms (optional)
- Choose from 19 common symptoms or add your own
- Rate their severity from 1 - 5
- Choose to add further detailed notes at the end.
- Receive a weekly summary report
How frequently to log your symptoms
It’s up to you. There are different points of view on how regularly to log your symptoms but our advice is to do it however frequently feels comfortable for you.
To be able to build up a picture of your health to share with your doctor we recommend logging your symptoms at least once a week. This means that you’ll have enough data to see patterns and will help remind you how you’ve been feeling.
If you’re more newly diagnosed or experiencing new, or changing symptoms it can be useful to check in more frequently. This could be daily or a few times a week.
You do need to remember to focus on your mental health too. Sometimes people that find checking in regularly and seeing symptoms getting worse or not improving can make them feel unhappy or helpless.
In that situation you can try checking in less frequently or employing journalling techniques to help you reflect and write a plan of tips to try.
Receive reminders to check in and log your symptoms
To help you to remember to check in you can opt in to receive notifications. You manage these in the ‘My Info’ section of the app. Here you can select to be reminded daily.
Logging your symptoms and seeing reports
The benefit of checking in regularly is that you can see reports of your symptoms. These are generated when you have checked in three times in a week. One you’ve done that you’ll be able to see your report. The report will show your symptoms and their severity on a chart broken down by day.
You can also see your notes with your reports to help you give extra context to the symptoms. These reports are particularly helpful when you’re preparing for an appointment with your doctor.
For more information about appointment preparation check out our guide to MS appointment preparation.
Don’t worry about missing a day
If you want to generate your reports, or just miss a day of logging in don’t worry. You can easily scroll back through your timeline and add any missing data. You can also skip bits you don’t want to do.
Editing a check in
All check-ins are easily editable. This means you can go back and log additional symptoms, change your rating or add notes.
All you have to do is open Emilyn and click on the three dots and select ‘Edit check-in’.
You can also go back and add a missed check-in by scrolling back through your timeline.
Start checking in today.
Be ready to impress your healthcare team and start managing your symptoms better by checking in now.