Dr. Joseph Felder, a Gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's Disease, explains what Crohn's Disease symptoms are as well as what the causes may be.
Crohn's disease is an idiopathic disorder, meaning we don't know the causes of it. Dr. Felder explains that despite not knowing for sure what the causes of Crohn's disease may be, it is definitely related to the immune system as well as a genetic predisposition and the environmental factors that bring it forth.
Crohn's disease symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea.The extra-intestinal manifestations of Crohn's disease, which means they occur outside of the intestine, include uveitis (inflammation of the eye), arthritis (inflammation in the joints), and fistula, which is an abnormal connection between an organ, vessel, intestine, and another structure and causes a lack of nutrition. These are symptoms that you may not normally believe are related to Crohn's disease but are important to be aware of when knowing if you may or may not have Crohn's disease.
Although some of these symptoms may be embarrassing to talk about, it is still very necessary to be able to discuss these Crohn's disease symptoms with a doctor so you can seek proper treatment.