Crohn’s Disease is named after the doctor, Burrill Bernard Crohn, a gastroenterologist who, in 1932, put a name an inflammation of the small intestine (ileum). This is the area that is most affected by Crohn’s Disease. Because of the location of the disease it has also been called regional ileitis or regional enteritis. The description of the disease had been in medical articles before this, however. Crohn’s Disease can also appear in other parts of the digestive tract, anywhere from the mouth to the anus.
Crohn’s Disease has some very uncomfortable symptoms. The main symptoms are lots of abdominal pain and diarrhea. The diarrhea can be frequent and bloody when a flare up is at it’s worst. Vomiting can be another symptom. Because of the diarrhea and vomiting you could notice a loss of weight, which is very common in rohn’s patients. Skin rashes, lack of concentration, tiredness, inflammation of the eye, arthritis, and fever are other symptoms. (These symptoms have been put in bold because some of them are similar to symptoms of fibromyalgia too.) These symptoms can be present all the time, one or two at a time, or at times, none at all.
Crohn’s Disease can develop ulcers on the intestines. These ulcers can be small to begin with and enlarge over time. Because of the ulcerations it becomes difficult to absorb food through the intestine and also to pass the food through properly. As a result you can have a bout of diarrhea. These ulcers can also appear in the mouth. There have also been Crohn’s ulcers diagnosed in the eyes, nose, and in women, the vaginal area.
You need to see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms of Crohn’s Disease:
- Abdominal pain
- Fever that lasts more than a day or two that isn’t caused by the flu or some other virus you might have come in contact with.
- Periods of diarrhea that over the counter medications won’t curb
- Bloody Stools
Symptoms and Description of Crohn’s Disease