Crohn’s Symptoms

Crohn’s symptoms vary depending on the location of the disease, and the severity of the inflammation.

How to identify Crohn’s symptoms?

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease, believe it or not may be hard to identify.  They range within mild to severe cases of Crohn’s.  For example, the most common symptoms are diarrhea and nausea.  Meanwhile, another common symptom, abdominal pain can indicate anything from a need to treat the disease to something much more serious such a surgery.   Essentially, the symptoms of Crohn’s whether mild or severe, definitely get in the way of daily activities and chores.  

Since Crohn’s disease can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract the symptoms can be manifested in a variety of forms.  Depending on where you have the disease, you might feel different Crohn’s symptoms.  However, your body can display a symptom of Crohn’s disease somewhere other than the gastrointestinal tract.  For example, yellowing of the eyes, weight loss, poor skin and hair are a few of the extra-intestinal symptoms.

Signs of Crohn’s Disease

  • Difficulty focusing/ brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Low appetite
  • Depression
  • Canker sores
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Inflammation of the skin, eyes, and joints
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Diarrhea upwards of “regular bowel movement”  If you are experiencing diarrhea 5-10x a day you should see a doctor.
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rectal pain and/or bleeding
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

Chronic inflammation and Crohn’s symptoms

Inflammation  is the #1 symptom and cause of the rest of the symptom cascade. Depending on how severe the inflammation is, the symptoms will range from mild, moderate, to severe pain.  What this means, is the inflammation of the lining of the intestine will soon become the inflammation in the eyes, joints, skin and other areas of the body.  In addition, it is important to note that inflammation can occur anywhere from the mouth to the rectum.  Therefore, if you have Crohn’s near your mouth you will experience vomit and nausea whereas, somebody with the inflammation concentrated in another area will experience bloody stools and severe diarrhea more often.

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Crohn’s symptoms vary depending on the area that the disease is active in.

Types of Crohn’s Disease

Ileocolitis

Symptoms of ileocolitis are weight loss, diarrhea and pain in the lower right part of the abdomen.

It affects the ileum and colon. Symptoms of ileocolitis are weight loss, diarrhea and pain in the lower right part of the abdomen.

Ileitis

The symptoms of ileitis are the same as above (weight loss, pain and diarrhea).  In addition, to fistulas, abscesses.

The ileum is the third part of the small intestine.  It is located in between the cecum and jejunum.  Inflammation of the ileum

Jejunoileitis

The symptoms of jejunoileitis are abdominal pain and cramps especially after eating.  Also, diarrhea.

The area affected varies, the small intestine has a few areas and patches of inflammation in upper portion (jejunum).

Gastroduodenal

The symptoms of Crohn’s in the first portion of the small intestine are nausea and vomit, and loss of appetite.  As a result, weight loss is a common symptom as well.

The stomach and the duodenum, the  first portion of the small intestine are affected.

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Crohn’s symptoms in children

On average, people are diagnosed in between the ages of 15-40 years old.  However, children with severe symptoms are diagnosed as early as 4 years old. The Crohn’s symptoms for kids are the same as they are for older people.  You will likely find your child waking up in the middle of the night and having stayed in the bathroom until the morning.  In addition, you will see that a child with Crohn’s symptoms will be more tired than the rest and usually will begin to stop growing as quickly as other children their age.  These warning signs will many times get brushed off as phases.  Therefore, prolonging the diagnosis and treatment of the Crohn’s disease until it has progressed into more severe symptoms and issues in the child.  There is no age for Inflammatory Bowel Disorder.  If you suspect IBD in a child, it is best to stay away from any gut irritant foods and medications that may worsen the illness.  Finally, make sure to address your concerns with your family doctor and get the proper testing procedures for your child.

Mild to Moderate Crohn’s Symptoms

Abdominal pain and diarrhea are moderate symptoms of Crohn’s.  However, they can gradually become more severe as the condition progresses.  Besides yellow eyes, and worsening fatigue the high level of pain is a dominant symptom of Crohn’s disease.  Also,  there isn’t really a symptom that is specifically designated as mild to moderate.  You can imagine that dysbiosis throws off the bowel movements and way your stomach digests what you are feeding it.  The rest of the body feels this immediately.  As a result, your headaches and number of problems are also your Crohn’s symptoms.

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Severe Crohn’s Symptoms

Severe symptoms of Crohn’s Disease can lead to a blockage, fissure, and/or fistula.  These complications are usually associated with symptoms such as fever, persistent vomiting, and abdominal pain that doesn’t go away.  Really, none of these symptoms should be ignored.  Instead, they should be treated as the warning that they are.  Visit your doctor for any necessary testing.  Also, keep an eye on any foods that can potentially cause a reaction.  Watch these foods and try eliminating the ones that seem a bit more obvious.  Although, you might not notice immediate results giving your body time to adjust will help.  Lastly, you can try following our IBD Certified diet, SCD Diet, or GAPS protocol.

Treating Crohn’s Symptoms

Crohn’s Disease Diet

Let’s start with what a Crohn’s Diet even means.  This is a loose term for an IBD certified diet that’s customized to meet the requirements for somebody with Crohn’s.  While it can mean a combination of foods to eat and stay away from the basis remains the same.   For example,  a common Crohn’s diet includes high fat and low sugar.  A more detailed one consists of roasted chicken and a cup of bone broth for breakfast.  In addition, to helping relieve symptoms following a diet will improve your overall health and help you move towards remission.  After all, the goal of this diet is to seal your gut.

Doctors and experts claim that there is no cure for Crohn’s Disease.  However, some people have been successful with natural treatment.  Try for yourself and find what works with your body.