When you’re experiencing a Crohn’s flare-up, your gastrointestinal (GI) tract may be inflamed, and that may cause you to have frequent or urgent bowel movements, diarrhea, bloody stool, and/or abdominal pain. Other symptoms may include fatigue, lack of appetite, and weight loss. Crohn’s can be progressive, so over time, your symptoms could get worse. You should tell your doctor any time you are experiencing symptoms or worsening of symptoms, and because Crohn’s can affect the entire GI tract — from the mouth to the anus — you should bring up symptoms even if you don’t think they are related to Crohn’s.
Crohn’s disease typically varies between periods when the disease is active, or flaring up, and when it is in remission (few or no symptoms). Crohn’s disease varies from person to person and may change over time.
Managing Crohn’s flares
Here are some ways you can help minimize flare-ups and maximize your health: