Crohns symptoms. Symptoms of Crohns. Living with Crohns. Improve your Crohns diet and improve your Crohns symptoms.
The symptoms of Crohns disease may vary from patient to patient. And there are common symptoms of Crohns disease that show up in most Crohns patients.
The most common symptoms of Crohns disease are diarrhea, abdominal pain ( more often in the right lower area), weight loss, rectal bleeding, bloody stools and bloating.
Symptoms of Crohns
Crohn’s patients may also experience fevers, loss of appetite, joint pains, anemia, and loss of conscience and night sweats .
Crohn’s disease has acute or active stages (flare-ups) and inactive stages (remission).
Crohn’s disease can affect any part of gastrointestinal system anywhere from the mouth to the anus.
All of the Crohns symptoms vary from mild to severe. The inflammatory component of Crohns disease varies from mild inflammation to severe inflammation. During the severe inflammation Crohns symptoms with high fevers, severe joint pains and severe abdominal pain Crohns patient may get hospitalized.
Crohns symptoms are categorized into systemic symptoms (because this is autoimmune disease), gastrointestinal symptoms and other symptoms.
Abdominal pain is basically most of common Crohns symptoms. It's mostly in the right lower area, but not always. Adbominal pain depends on the location of the inflammation. It’s associated with some bloating but is not relieved by bowel movements. If you are looking for alternatives of narcotic pain killers, consider asking your doctor (gastroenterologist) for a prescription of Bentyl (dicyclomine). Bentyl is a pretty potent anti-spasmodic. Also, if you like homeopathic natural products, consider trying the “Spasm Pain” by HEEL (you can find it on
Diarrhea is another very common symptom of Crohns. The nature of acute diarrhea depends on which part of the intestine is affected by the location of inflammation. If it’s in the ileum (lower part of the intestine), the stool is larger in volume and more watery. If it’s in the colon, the stool is smaller in volume with higher frequency. Diarrhea sometimes can be bloody.
Flatulence and bloating make it more uncomfortable to deal with diarrhea.
Fever is another one of the Crohns symptoms. For me, fever was the classic sign that I was doing much worse. Fissures are common and they are mostly developed in the anus. Fissures are like small tears of the tissues. That can cause a lot of pain and bleeding. Besides rectal bleeding a lot of Crohns patients have symptoms in the anal area like swelling, hemorrhoids, and difficulty controlling bowel movements.
Chronic inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract can cause a formation of fistulae. Fistulae are like abnormal passages that form between the organs like anus or intestine and the skin or other organ, like bladder for example. If this occurs there might be even more inflammation and pus forming. When fistulae are formed, that could lead to abscess. And sometimes that even leads to sepsis.
Loss of appetite, anemia, and weight loss and malabsorption are very common symptoms of Crohn disease. The colon is chronically inflamed so it cannot absorb nutrients that are essential to the system. This causes malnutrition. Malnutrition is like a silent, slow death of the cells due to starvation. Cells starve for those essential elements and eventually start failing the whole digestive system. Do not forget taking vitamins and supplements. It’s important. Many Crohns disease patients require vitamin B-12 supplementation. We lack the intrinsic factor to help absorb B-12 naturally since the intestine is chronically inflamed. Also, great quality liquid multivitamin can be very beneficial for many Crohns patients.
Erythema nodosum is a classic skin condition associated with Crohns disease and many other skin conditions are symptoms of Crohns. It presents itself with tender red nodule (usually on the shins). It causes fever, joint pain, etc. It usually resolves in 3 to 6 weeks. Many Crohns disease patients can benefit from vitamin D supplementation here.
Crohns disease can increase the risk of blood clots. But regular exercise, appropriate diet, natural products, healthy lifestyle, eating many greens and great-quality water can all aid in your healing and decreasing this risk.
Crohns disease can cause Crohns arthritis symptoms like joint pain and stiff joints. I still remember not being able to move my knees and my hips freely when I had one of my worst flare up. Crohns patients can benefit from natural anti-inflammatory supplements like Uno-De-Gato, Wobenzym N and others. Crohns disease can cause osteoporosis which increases the risk of bone fractures. Your doctor can order a bone density test to assess for it.
Crohns disease doesn’t just affect the gastrointestinal tract, but the symptoms of Crohns disease also affect the liver, endocrine system, joints, skin, blood and eyes because it’s an autoimmune disease.
Hemorrhoids and hemorrhoid associated pains are common symptoms of Crohns. Luckily, they can be reversible with proper treatment and lifestyle modifications.
Clubbing of the fingers is a deformity at the ends of the fingers due to lack of oxygen in the extremities. Clubbing was one of the classic Crohns symptoms but I don’t know if it’s still true. Clubbing would happen when there’s constant lack of oxygen to the extremities due to pain and inflammation. That happens when Crohns treatment is delayed or Crohns disease stays in active stage all the time. But I think that most patients don’t go untreated anymore.
Some children with untreated Crohns disease can suffer delayed development and even growth failure.
It’s not so simple to diagnose a patient with Crohns disease. There are many things that need to be looked at. Many Crohns symptoms may get confused with Ulcerative colitis symptoms, Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, Celiac disease symptoms, etc. When diagnosing Crohns, the doctor (gastroenterologist) would basically have to take a very educated guess based on years of studies because there’s still not one single test that would show up as “positive” for Crohn’s disease. It’s the combination of tests, labs, presentation, image scans, etc put together and if all of them put together would look like Crohns then your doctor would recognize it as Crohns.
It’s not yet fully known what triggers symptoms of Crohns disease. The triggers of Crohns could be stress and diet. The cause of Crohns is still unknown but it’s possible the cause could be genetics, infection, environment, hormones, life-style, etc.
I have been studied the triggers and the causes with a pharmaceutically educated mind set and I realized that there are more than just conventional medications to help symptoms of Crohn disease. I am not saying to switch medications to natural methods. All I am trying to point out is that Crohns patients need to look at other options too. I still really strongly believe in medication when needed. The conventional medicine is indispensible in acute cases when there’s a high fever and risk of sepsis. But I am talking about patients that are having their Crohns symptoms under control and want to feel even better. That’s where I was when I started my journey to healthy life style. And that’s where you will get when you get more proactive about your health. You can do it!
My trips to the acupuncture therapist, my holistic treatments, taking herbal and homeopathic supplements really payed off. The investment in my natural supplements did not go to waste. I was getting better. Coincidence? I think not. After getting a pharmacy degree from a well respected University I put in years of studying natural methods. And you can try leaving your Crohns symptoms behind when you become more mindful of your body.
It may get very challenging living with Crohns disease. But one thing that most Crohn’s patients (not doctors) agree on is that changing diet can improve Crohns symptoms.
Changing your diet can make a big difference for arthritis like Crohns symptoms if you choose an anti-inflammatory Crohns diet.
Most common inflammatory foods to avoid are:
Add more of anti-inflammatory foods to your Crohns diet plan:
Trying natural and herbal anti-inflammatory natural supplements would improve any digestive disorder not just Crohns.
I wish you all the best and stay Crohns symptoms free!
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