If I could go back to 1988 and visit my young self, I would stress to me to keep a journal of my symptoms and keep writing in it no matter what. No matter how long... I wish I still did.
I did in the beginning, but stopped about a year or so later when I had emergency surgery and bowel resections. I didnt think I "needed" it anymore, but I wish I had kept it going.
The one thing I tell the newly diagnosed is to definitely keep a journal.
Typically, I would start in the morning and list what I ate, what time, was there any pain and if so, how intense and for how long. Also when I had bowel movements, consistency (watery, semi formed, etc), was there pain, blood, color, etc. It's a great way to track results of what you ate as far as bowel movements. Also to track food reactions and the combination of foods.
I personally havent had a regular bowel movement in 32 years! 😳
There are some great journals out there and I like this one, designed by a Crohn's sufferers' family member:
Whether you use a journal like this one, or design your own, keeping a journal is highly recommended. Not only for you, but for your doctors.
The more information you have can only help with your Crohn's or Colitis journey.