Crohn's Disease Symptoms

In people with Crohn's disease, symptoms usually include abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea. Several other signs and symptoms are possible, such as weight loss, rectal bleeding, and vomiting. Some symptoms of Crohn's disease, such as abdominal swelling, fever, and bowel movements that contain only blood clots, can be signs of a flare-up or complications that may require immediate medical attention.

An Overview of Crohn's Disease Signs and Symptoms

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect the small intestine, colon, or both. For a person with Crohn's disease, symptoms will depend on which part of the digestive tract is affected. For example, the most common symptoms of Crohn's disease that affects the colon are diarrhea and pain. When it affects the small intestine, symptoms often include fatigue, weight loss, and abdominal discomfort on the right side. Diarrhea is less common with Crohn's disease that only affects the small intestine.
Symptoms will also depend on the severity of the disease. Some people have a mild case of Crohn's disease and have symptoms only now and then. Others have a more severe case and regularly experience diarrhea and pain, as well as other complications. Crohn's disease can go into remission, in which case symptoms may go away for months or even years. Unfortunately, symptoms usually return at some point. If this happens, the person may even need to be hospitalized during severe flare-ups.
Finally, age may influence the symptoms. For example, children with the condition often have different symptoms of Crohn's disease from those seen in adults.

Common Symptoms of Crohn's Disease

The most common Crohn's disease symptoms are abdominal pain (stomach pain), often in the lower-right part of the abdomen, and chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody. Two other common symptoms include a low-grade fever and fatigue.
People who have a mild case of Crohn's disease usually have:
  • Diarrhea up to four times a day
  • Little or no abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Few or no other symptoms.
If your Crohn's disease is more severe, you may have:
  • Diarrhea more than six times a day
  • Severe abdominal pain 
  • Weight loss
  • Other symptoms.

Crohn's Disease Info

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