Reviewer: Frances Arenhold, Registered Dietitian
Date of review: January 2023
Comments: The mySymptoms app provides users with 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.