Crohn’s Disease Spotting The Symptoms, Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects well over 100,000 people in the UK. It causes the intestines (gut) to become inflamed (swollen and sore) and ulcers develop on the gut lining. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can change over time.
These can include abdominal pain that doesn’t get better, recurs quickly or gets worse after you’ve been to the loo to open your bowels, diarrhoea (sometimes mixed with blood), waking up at night to open your bowels, losing weight or being unable to gain weight, feeling generally unwell for long periods, tiredness and fatigue, anaemia, swollen joints, mouth ulcers and sometimes abscesses and ‘leaking’ or discharge around the back passage.
Sometimes symptoms are mild and barely noticeable and can even sometimes get temporarily better by themselves. Many people ignore their symptoms or try to deal with things on their own, perhaps by trying to change what they eat or taking painkillers.