Crohn’s disease is a medical disorder that affects the digestive tract. It causes inflammation that will result in abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. Depending on the affected area and each individual, the symptoms will differ.
Crohn’s disease will often cause inflammation that will spread deep into the layers of the affected bowel tissue. The effects of the condition can be both painful and debilitating and may also lead to complications that can be life-threatening.
There is no definite treatment for Crohn’s disease, however, there are therapies that can help in greatly reducing the signs and symptoms brought by the condition and can also bring down a long-term remission. In fact, individuals diagnosed to have Crohn’s disease are known to function well as long as they undergo treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Some people with Crohn’s disease only have their small intestine called the ileum affected, while others may have the condition confined to the colon, which is a part of the large intestine. These parts of the digestive tract are the most commonly affected by Crohn’s disease.
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease can be mild to severe and can develop slowly over time. But there are also known cases where the disease can occur suddenly. There are also periods wherein no symptoms are experienced and its called remission.
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Pain and cramps in the abdominal area
- Bloody stool
- Sores in the mouth
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- A fistula may occur where; there is inflammation from the tunnel into the skin in the anal area.
In severe cases, symptoms include:
- Skin, eyes and joint inflammation
- Liver and bile duct inflammation
- In children, delayed growth or sexual development is observed.
If you think you are suffering from Crohn’s Disease you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Crohn’s Disease as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).