Diarrhea and abdominal pain are usually the first symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Symptoms may come and go. People with this disease may sometimes have periods of few or no symptoms.
Many symptoms are related to the inflammation in the digestive system, these include: Persistent diarrhea, often with blood and/or mucous appearing in stoolsAbdominal cramps and painRectal bleedingMouth sores, as well as sores and abscesses in the anal area (with Crohn’s disease)
Symptoms caused by the diarrhea and rectal bleeding include: AnemiaWeight lossFatigueWeakness
Symptoms related to a systemic inflammatory process associated with inflammatory bowel disease may include: FeverArthritisSkin rashesEye pain or inflammationKidney stones
Last reviewed September 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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