Crohn’s disease is often mistaken for some other type of ailment because it comes withwide range of symptoms that are very common. It is therefore a common occurrence to see a person manifest these symptoms for as long as twenty to thirty years and keeps treating something different. The general symptoms are classified into three;
a. The systemic,
b. Gastrointestinal, and the
c. Extra intestinal symptoms.
The first thing an infected person will feel is abdominal pains. These abdominal pains in most cases are followed with a diarrhea which may or may not be bloody. The nature of the diarrhea depends on the part of the small intestine that is affect. It could be with plenty water and little feces and not very frequent while others will have an increased volume of feces with little water and then as frequent as possible. Healthcare review in this regard shows that in severe cases, one can defecate for at least twenty times daily. Among the gastrointestinal symptoms are itching and pains around the anus, sores in the mouth and the throat, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing. In extreme cases of the disease, ulcers could develop.
For the systemic symptoms, one could have retarded growth and this is especially common with children. There is growth failure because the disease comes at the time of growth in their lives. For the adults, the systemic symptoms include weight loss due to lack of inadequate food. As a result the sores in their mouths, they experience difficulty in eating which eventually leads to loss of appetite and weight loss.
Extra intestinal symptoms include inflammation of the inner part of the eye called the uvea. This causes pain in the eye especially when exposed to light. In addition to this is arthritis, boils all over the body, inability of blood to clot, painful swelling of the legs, difficulty in breathing and clubbing.