Crohn’s disease symptoms largely vary among people who have developed the condition. The severity of the disease, the natural intestinal health and the immune system of the affected person and other factors would also play a decisive role in the types of Crohn’s disease symptoms and their severity that one would experience.
From the medical perspective, the Crohn’s disease symptoms are also subject to the kind of infection it causes. For instance, some people may have inflammations in the small intestine, large intestine and in the bowels. Some people may not be affected in all areas but only have slight inflammations in one of the intestines. All such factors will determine the kind of symptoms one would experience. Furthermore, the symptoms would be at the height of their severity when the inflammations are extremely chronic. During dormant or inactive phases, one may not experience any Crohn’s disease symptoms at all.
The common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, blood laden stool, ulcers and weight loss due to loss of appetite.
The disease causes inflammation in the intestines and also affects the colon. The former leads to secretion of water and salt in large amounts that the colon is unable to absorb. This causes cramping and diarrhea is an unavoidable aftermath. People suffering from Crohn’s would almost always suffer from diarrhea.
As the inflammations get worse or don’t lessen, the walls of the intestines, bowel and the tissues suffer damage. These areas swell up and cause abdominal pain. Muscle cramping is also very common. While the pain may be felt at the surface of the belly and abdominal region in many cases, intestinal discomfort is also common.
With worsening inflammations and the fact that the intestines would be subjected to their activity every time one eats, the tissues can start bleeding which leads to blood laden stool. It is advisable to consult a doctor in such cases. The pain, discomfort and ulcers would reduce one’s appetite and weight loss can become unavoidable.
Some other symptoms are fever, fatigue, arthritis, inflammation of the eyes, mouth sores, skin disorders, inflammation of the liver or bile ducts and delayed growth or sexual development in children.
It is important to observe and note Crohn’s disease symptoms at their earliest stages to seek medical help.