Does Crohn’s Disease Own You?

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain and cramping, blood in stool, bowel obstruction, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

The table below can help guide you through the definitions of Crohn’s disease severity. Your doctor will use a combination of an assessment of your symptoms and additional tests to determine your Crohn’s disease severity.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE SEVERITY OF YOUR CROHN’S DISEASE SYMPTOMS

YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING:

Diarrhea

Frequent diarrhea

Abdominal Pain

Mild stomach pain

YOU AREN'T EXPERIENCING:

  • High fever
  • Weakness or mental exhaustion
  • Feeling cold and shivering
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Bowel obstruction
  • More than 10% weight loss

EVEN DESPITE MEDICATION FOR MILD TO MODERATE CROHN’S DISEASE, YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING:

Fever

Fever

Diarrhea

Frequent diarrhea

Abdominal Pain

Stomach pain or tenderness

Significant Weight Loss

Significant weight loss

Tiredness and weakness as a result of anemia

Tiredness and weakness as a result of anemia

nausea and vomiting

Occasional nausea or vomiting

DESPITE MEDICATION FOR MODERATE TO SEVERE CROHN’S DISEASE, YOU MAY REPEATEDLY EXPERIENCE:

Fever

High fever

nausea and vomiting

Regular vomiting

Bowel Obstruction

Bowel obstruction

Weakness

Weakness

Involuntary muscular contractions in the abdomen

Involuntary muscular contractions in the abdomen

Evidence of abscess in the GI tract

Evidence of abscess in the GI tract

This table is not intended to be a diagnostic tool. You should work with your doctor to get a diagnosis.

 

Tracking your symptoms can help you and your doctor better determine if your Crohn’s disease symptoms are controlled or worsening. Below are two resources to help you track your symptoms and guide the discussion with your doctor.


 

To simplify tracking your symptoms, download the Gut Check app today.

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You and your doctor are the two most important players in your treatment. Discussing your Crohn’s disease symptoms isn’t always easy, but sharing openly and honestly with your doctor is key.

When it’s time to talk, our Doctor Discussion Guide can help with the conversation.
Get started here.

 

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