Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

Crohn’s disease symptoms ranges from mild to severe and the degree of severity maybe different from person to person. The crones symptoms may change over time as well. The symptoms also vary according to which part of the GI tract in inflamed. You might have long periods of time where you barley show any symptoms alternating with periodical relapses or ‘flare-ups’. The symptoms and the time between relapses is unique for every individual. The most common Crohn’s symptoms during relapses are:

  • Servere abdominal pain and diarrhoea
  • Diarrhoea sometimes mixed with blood, mucus or pus
  • Feeling of extreme tiredness or being extremely lethargic
  • Fever and loss of weight
  • Ulcers in mouth
  • Lack of red blood cells(anaemia)

Mild Symptoms

In mild crones disease there are fewer bowel movements. You feel relatively healthy. Minimal abdominal pain. All complications are confined within the intestinal tract, no symptoms or complications on other body parts. No mass in the abdomen can be detected by pressing it. You barely lose any weight and your red blood cell count stays relatively close to normal. None of the chronic changes are present as example fistulas, abscesses etc.

Severe or chronic Symptoms

You get very frequent bowel movements in severe crohn’s disease. High potency anti-diarrhea medicine is used in severe cases. You feel very ill and have severe abdomen pain, usually the pain is in the lower right side of the abdomen. ( Although this could be a phenomenon called referred pain, which means the actual site of the problem might not be same as the location of the pain.) You loose weight and your red blood cell count is low. Symptoms and complications go beyond the intestinal tract. You may have one or more of the complications that are present in chronic stages as example fistulas, abscesses, joint pain, ulcerated or reddened skin, inflammation in the eyes and fever. Different treatment options for crohn’s disease can also produce their own severe complications.

When to see a Doctor?

In general you should seek medical help if you have any persistent abnormality in your bowels habits. It is definitely time to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following, these might be an indication of  IBD(inflammatory bowel disease) or symptoms of crohn’s disease:

  • Constant abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool(faeces)
  • Persistent diarrhea or bloody diarrhea that you can not stop with over the counter medicine
  • Weight loss and fever without any apparent cause
  • severe fatigue or tiredness