Chrohn's Disease

What is Chrohn's Disease?

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn's causes
severe swelling or inflammation of the digestive tract. It can affect any part
of the digestive tract. Most other forms of IBD only affect the large intestines.

What are the symptoms?

This is a chronic disease which means it will affect you for a long
time. Symptoms can come and go and Symptoms you may experience are:
  • Diarrhea, sometimes bloody, that over the counter medications do not help.
  • Cramping or abdominal pain that can cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss.

Crohn's can cause other symptoms outside of the GI tract. These can include:
  • Fissures or small tears in the anus.
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Mouth Sores

You will most likely have to have several tests to obtain a correct diagnosis
of Crohn's disease. These include:
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT or MRI Scans
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Blood tests

Your doctor will work with you to manage your symptoms. Diet and lifestyle
changes will be recommended. Also, your doctor will work to find the correct
mix of medications to manage your flares.