Are you getting worried about all the things happening with your insides lately? Are you constantly suffering from diarrhea and upset stomach? Or maybe you’ve inexplicably lost weight lately. If you are suffering from Gastrointestinal Issues without explanation, it may be time to look at Chrons Disease Symptoms (correctly spelled Crohn’s.)
What is Chrons Disease?
Basically defined, Chrons Disease is the inflammation along the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract, anywhere from mouth to anus. It is the interaction between several factors in your body. One might call it a cocktail of malfunctioning processes including components that are:
Chrons Disease affects both males and females of any age, but tends to flare up between the 10s and 20s, as well as the 50s and 70s. It is estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 people suffer from this illness.
How Can I Tell If I’m Experiencing Chrons Disease Symptoms?
Chrons Disease symptoms are so diverse and varied, it would be impossible to cover all of them in the limited space I have here. We will however, go over some of the major ones. Symptoms from each of the following categories:
- Gastrointestinal Tract Symptoms (most symptoms take place here)
- Skin Symptoms
- Neurological Symptoms
- Rheumatic Symptoms (joint and muscle)
- General Symptoms
Each category has symptoms unique to itself, but what you will find is that Chrons Disease can run rampant through the body. It could be daunting if you let it, but like all fears, knowledge is the best way to defeat it, so read on.
How Is Chrons Disease Diagnosed?
If you approach your doctor with your suspicions about your Chrons Disease Symptoms, he or she will take your medical history. If they feel there is a possibility of Chrons, then they will order a combination, or all of the following:
- Gastroscopy (with possible biopsy)
- Colonoscopy (with possible biopsy)
- Barium Follow Through Fluoroscopy
- Blood Test (CBC)
By looking at the results of this barrage of tests, your physician can make a proper diagnosis, or rule out Chrons Disease; at which point they would start looking for other origins of your symptoms.
Chrons Disease Symptoms: The Gastrointestinal Tract
The Gastrointestinal Tract is basically the pathway your food travels, from the time it enters your body until the time it exits.
Chrons Disease Symptoms can occur along any point in that tract. Some of the actual symptoms can be:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea (possibly bloody, liquid, and frequent)
- Mouth Issues (ulcers, dysphagia-trouble swallowing)
- Anal Issues (itching, pain, skin tags-called Perianal Disease)
- Obstruction of Tract (much more serious)
If you notice any of these conditions, notify your doctor. It’s important to note here, that these symptoms could be a sign of many things; don’t assume the worst. Only your doctor can tell you for sure what those things are.
Chrons Disease Symptoms: Skin
Chrons Disease of the skin shows up in the form of irritations mostly, but left unchecked and untreated can lead to more serious conditions. It’s important to keep track of your skin and any changes it may or may not go through. A few of the Skin Symptoms of Chrons are:
- Red nodules (usually on the shins)
- Painful ulcerations (can lead to Gangrenous problems left untreated)
Someone with an actual diagnosis must keep an eye on their skin and look for possible infections.
Chrons Disease Symptoms: Neurological
There is a wide range of severity when it comes to Neurological Chrons Disease Symptoms. From the relatively minor:
To the more serious:
- Myopathy (Muscle Disease)
- Neuropathy (Nerve Disease)
Again, these are not always Chrons Disease issues, but a possibility. That’s why it’s so important to get to your doctor if you suspect any possibility of Chrons.
The genetic factor mentioned above is very strong. If you have an immediate family member with the disease, you are 30 times more likely to have it. If you’re in doubt check it out!
Chrons Disease Symptoms: Rheumatic
Not as common as some of the other symptoms, but very serious if you happen to have Chrons Disease, these symptoms deal with the joints and muscles of the body.
- Inflammation of the joints or muscle insertion points (Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy)
Both the conditions above could be Chrons Disease Symptoms.
- General Tiredness
- Uveitis – bulging eyes
- Lack of Concentration
- High risk for DVT (blood clots)
- Swelling of Lower Legs
- Clubbing – Deformity of the ends of the fingers
All the above are symptoms that can be associated and linked to Chrons.
What are Chrons Disease Symptoms?
Chrons Disease Symptoms are a mish-mash of things that can affect virtually any part of your body. Most can occur individually without being associated with the disease. It is however, in combination that the worry increases. That’s why it’s so important to get to the doctor if you think you might be having Chrons Disease Symptoms.
Where do most symptoms of Chrons Disease occur?
a. Along the GI Tract
b. At Chrons House
c. On the Skin
d. At the Disease Center
True or False: Clubbing is a felony.
Which is NOT a symptom of Chrons Disease?
a. You can’t feel your toes
b. Abdominal Pain
Answers at the bottom of the page!
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