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:
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:
Stomach pain or tenderness
Significant weight loss
Tiredness and weakness as a result of anemia
Occasional nausea or vomiting
DESPITE MEDICATION FOR MODERATE TO SEVERE CROHN’S DISEASE, YOU MAY REPEATEDLY EXPERIENCE:
Involuntary muscular contractions in the abdomen
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.
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.