Symptoms Of Crohn's Disease
Crohn's Disease is one type of digestive disorder that falls under the category of inflammatory bowel diseases. In Crohn's Disease the inflammation and irritation characterised by these disorders is mostly located in the lower part of the small intestine. While the condition can lead to many symptoms including swelling and stomach upset, there are three main symptoms that distinguish Crohn's Disease from the other digestive disorders.
The Three Most Common Symptoms of Crohn's DiseaseIn all cases of Crohn's Disease there are three symptoms that are always present- diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal pain. Diarrhoea occurs when the swelling and inflammation of the small intestine interferes with the organ's ability to process and breakdown food particles properly. When the small intestine is unable to pull enough water from the food watery, loose stools are produced. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease suffer from frequent bouts of diarrhoea (and in some cases stool that is mixed with thick, dark blood), and increased bowel movements.
Fever is also a common symptom of Crohn's Disease due to the presence of inflammation in the small intestine. When inflammation is present in the body the immune system attacks the irritation in an attempt to rid the body of illness. This attack is characterised by an increase in overall body temperature. Depending on the severity of the condition and the frequency of digestive flare-ups, the degree of the fever can vary. During acute attacks fevers are higher, and between attacks most individuals run a persistent, low-grade fever.
The last common symptom of Crohn's Disease, abdominal pain, varies depending on which area of the small intestine is most affected by the disease. Inflammation in the area where the small intestine meets the large intestine results in a sharp pain, where as inflammation in the colon produces a cramping sensation, and an achy, milder pain.