Crohn’s disease means different things to different people. There are times when you may be overwhelmed with your symptoms, and there may be times when you feel like nothing is wrong and that you are healthier than you have ever been. Though remission is something that every patient should shoot for, they should also know that crohn’s is a chronic condition. This means remission will not last forever. However, when you know what to look for as far as Crohn s symptoms, you know when you should start your treatments again.
Though inflammation is a sign that your Crohn’s may be acting up, this is not something that you can see outwardly. This means that it might be getting bad before you know something is going on. Your outward symptoms will tell you that the inflammation is getting out of control, and the most common symptoms of this are diarrhea and cramping in the intestines and stomach. You may notice this after you eat, but it is something that can be going on all day long. These symptoms may also come with vomiting, though that is usually a more serious symptom.
These symptoms are common, and many people live with them daily. However, there are times when symptoms indicate that the situation is becoming serious. When blood shows up in your stool, you should take notice as might mean larger issues. Blood in the stools is probably the result of tears, otherwise known as fissures, in the lining of the intestines. It could also indicate the presence of an abscess within the intestines, or fistulas might be present.
Some of these problems can be treated with medication, but in the case of fistulas, surgery might be required. You also may need an antibiotic prescribed immediately to stop any infections that might be occurring, and to prevent them from spreading.
Another of the common symptoms is a feeling of pain and discomfort in the abdominal area. Though Crohn’s can happen anywhere in the digestive system, you find it most often centers in the intestines. Your stomach can become bloated and distended and you might experience feelings of weakness.
When weakness and fatigue begin to surface, you must go in to see your doctor. This means that your body is not taking in the nutrition it needs, and this is related to many problems that are occurring within your system. You may even notice that you are losing weight when this happens.
You will become accustomed to what your Crohn’s symptoms typically might be, but you can’t expect the same things every time you have a flare up. However, you will know when your symptoms are treatable at home, or when they are getting to the point where you need to see your doctor.
You may simply need to have your medication dosage adjusted, or you may be having a bad flare up that requires more care. You should always count on your doctor for information, and don’t be afraid to say that you think you need attention for your crohn s symptoms.
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