Learn About the Many Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

October 7, 2021by Health Desk

Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune condition, meaning a condition where the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. It is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes ulcers (sores) in the lining of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease can involve any part of the digestive tract – mouth, stomach or intestines.

Symptoms from involvement of digestive tract:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anal pain
  • Pain or drainage near or around the anus
  • Mouth sores
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Crohn’s Disease Flare-Ups

IBD is characterized by flares and remissions. A flare is the reappearance or worsening of symptoms. A variety of symptoms can occur in and outside the bowel. Longer periods without active disease or discomfort between flare-ups are called remission.

Non-Bowel InvolvementSymptoms
Skin condition called Erythema NodosumTender red bumps, typically on the shins
Skin condition called Pyoderma GangrenosumSkin lesions that join and form deep chronic ulcers
ArthritisPain and swelling involving mostly the large joints, knees and hips
EyesRedness, itching and sensitivity to light
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis is a rare condition associated with Ulcerative Colitis that causes inflammation of bile ducts (thin, long, tube-like structures that carry bile and extend from liver to small intestines)Fatigue, itching, fevers, chills and night sweats
Anemia (lack of adequate healthy red blood cells)Body weakness, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat
Kidney stonesPain in the side, and back below the ribs, painful urination and persistent need to urinate