Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the gut. This inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth and right down to the lower intestine. The condition causes a wide range of symptoms, and many people go years without realizing they have the disease. Take a look at these 10 symptoms, and seek medical advice if they apply to you.
1. Stomach and Abdominal Pain
Stomach and abdominal pain tend to be the first symptoms a person will experience when they have Crohn’s disease. The intestines become more and more inflamed and irritation means the abdomen can become sore during bowel movements or at random parts of the day. The disease may cause ulcers in the large and small intestines, too, making it even more painful every time food passes through that part of the intestine.
If you experience pain on a regular basis, be sure to speak to your doctor as it’s typically a bad sign.
Those who suffer from severe Crohn’s disease may also experience painful cramping in their stomach. This tends to occur after a long period of time suffering from regular abdominal pain, and it occurs as a result of ulcers in the intestine healing and scarring. The scar tissue forming around your intestines becomes painful and sore as they shift around and digest food. The scar tissue is tugged at by the shifting intestines, making the cramps not just painful, but able to cause you to vomit or feel nauseous.
Combined with the bloating, this can become extremely debilitating.