How Crohn’s Disease Affect Your Body


By now you must know that the main symptoms of Crohn’s disease can trigger several problems both in your body and in your health. These symptoms can show up before you know that you are having this disease or even until years after being diagnosed. Most of the symptoms related to Crohn’s tends to disappear if you keep your IBD under control. In case you face serious conditions, you might be needing extra treatment. Here in this article, we would be discussing the conditions by which Crohn’s disease can affect the parts of your body.

Joint Pain: Joint pain is a very common type of non-gut ailment especially for those who are suffering from IBD. It can adversely affect joints like hips, knees, ankles, or even the fingers. The patient might experience these symptoms for as long as a decade even before your disease is diagnosed. However, most of these pains tend to go away once you get your disease under control. Try having a conversation with your doctor before consuming any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines for joint pains. Apart from joint pain, any less common symptom of Chron’s is pain in the spine or ankylosing spondylitis. However, this symptom is more common among men than women.

ankylosing spondylitis

Skin Disease: Patients suffering from Chron’s might get painful and raised lumps under their skin especially on the lower part of the legs. These symptoms are often termed as erythema nodosum. These conditions usually show up during the time of your Chron’s flare.

Another less common but serious problem is called ulcers. They can range from a small spot to the entire length of a leg. In case you have serious IBD symptoms, you are more likely to get them. Furthermore, the Crohn’s disease might also be the reason for lesions inside your mouth. Topical steroids and antiseptic mouthwash can be of great help.

Eyes: If you are above the age of forty and you are suffering from joint pains along with your IBD, then you might be facing problems with your eyes. The most common among all eye problems is called episcleritis. Mild symptoms usually include sensitivity, burning, or redness. However, most of these symptoms tend to go away once you gain control over the disease.

Another painful condition caused by Chron’s disease include uveitis which is basically a type of inflammation caused in the middle part of your eyes while affecting the white part of it. If not treated properly it can even be the cause of lost vision.

How Else Can Chron’s Disease Affect You?

Some other problems that comes with this IBD disease include:

  1. Inflamed liver.
  2. Anemia.
  3. Scattered or inflamed bile ducts.
  4. Kidney stones or gallstones.
  5. Delayed puberty or growth among teens or children.
  6. Inflamed airways making it hard to breathe.

In case you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you need to drink plenty of liquids, eat well, and take supplements from your doctors especially during times of flares. Remember, try to quit smoking as it raises the chance of you having extra symptoms. Working accordingly with your doctor or taking help from a medical professional can surely be of great help to keep you in remission.