Crohn’s disease causes inflammation to develop in the digestive tract, which can lead to severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, malnutrition, and weight loss. This inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can occur in different areas of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation commonly spreads into the deep layers of the bowel tissue. It can be quite painful and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications.
Although there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, there are various therapies that can reduce its signs and symptoms, sometimes bringing long term remission from the illness. With treatment, many people with Crohn’s disease function well.
The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Abdominal cramping and/or pain
- Mouth sores
- Blood in stool
- Weight loss and lack of appetite
- Drainage near the anus due to inflammation in the fistula
It’s imperative to your health that you visit a doctor the moment you experience abdominal pain, find blood in your stool, unexplained fever lasting more than a day or on-going diarrhea that does not respond to over the counter treatments. Crohn’s disease is often tested via a blood test for anemia or infection and, a fecal occult blood test in your stool; however, some doctors may conduct a colonoscopy, A CT scan, MRI or a capsule endoscopy.
The goal is to reduce the inflammation that triggers Crohn’s disease symptoms, which can often be achieved by anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics or immune system suppressors or surgery. Fortunately, many medications for Crohn’s disease can be obtained on the Canada Online Health prescription ordering site.