Crohn’s symptoms vary depending on the location of the disease, and the severity of the inflammation.
How to identify symptoms of Crohn’s
Crohn’s disease affects everyone differently. The symptoms of Crohn’s depend on the level of inflammation and damage to gut. The common symptoms (diarrhea and nausea) are caused by a lack of nourishment to the gut microbes paired with malabsorption and digestion.
Signs of Crohn’s Disease
- Difficulty focusing/ brain fog
- Low appetite
- Canker sores
- Fatigue and low energy
- Inflammation of the skin, eyes, and joints
- Bone and joint pain
- Yellow eyes (The liver is the first organ to suffer when the gut is damaged.)
- Poor skin
- Weight loss
- 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.
Crohn’s symptoms in children
On average, people are diagnosed in between the ages of 15-40 years old. However, children can have been diagnosed as with Crohn’s and Colitis even at four years old. Crohn’s symptoms in children have been noted to be more aggressive than in adults because they cause the child’s failure to grow and thrive.
Abnormal gut flora in kids causes a variety of issues. Not only does it stunt physical and mental development but it determines even the child’s food choices. When the balance of gut microbes is really out of balance kids will opt to only eat one food usually fries, sandwiches, breads or pastries. This happens to both children and adults, but is extremely important in children because the lack of sufficient nourishment affects their development and puts them at risk for severe inflammatory conditions later on.
Some signs of Crohn’s in kids include:
- preference to one food group especially starchy and sweet foods
- signs of pain after meals
- digestive disorders (diarrhea often, urgency to use bathroom)
Types of Crohn’s Disease
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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 with a Crohn’s Diet
Treating IBD with diet means avoiding foods that make Crohn’s flare and introducing foods that help calm inflammation. While, Crohn’s doesn’t have a medication that will cure the disease, most people can achieve remission and live symptom free. An IBD Certified diet is customized to meet the requirements for somebody with Crohn’s and help their gut thrive.
Foods that help with Crohn’s Symptoms
Probiotics contain bacteria that help relieve inflammation and abnormal gut flora.
A probiotic supplement can be found in grocery stores in the form of a capsule or in a fermented food product. These bacteria do not come in and colonize the digestive tract always. Some are transitory bacterias that are digested and secreted and others consumed by the gut microbes. As a result, you must have a good source of probiotics everyday not just once for them to have a positive effect.
Best sources of probiotics:
- milk kefir
- any fermented food or lactoferment
- raw milk cheese
The best sources of fats for gut health are:
- chicken/ meat stock
- high fat butter oil / ghee
- sardines and other fish/ fish oils