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Living with Crohn's disease can be very stressful. One may often be anxious or embarrassed about having a bowel accident. Additionally, stressful events in one's life can lead to digestive problems. Stay in communication with a doctor about how stress and Crohn's disease are related.
Crohn's disease can lead to other complications, such as:
- hemorrhage (bleeding)
- children can have stunted growth
- fistulas (abnormal connections between the intestines and other parts of the body)
- abscesses (infections)
- the intestine can narrow
- nutritional deficiency
- lesions in the eye
- joint swelling
A patient should contact their health care provider if:
- they have serious stomach (abdominal) pain
- their diarrhea cannot be controlled with changing their diet or over-the-counter medicine
- they have lost weight. Or, if they are a child, they cannot gain weight
- rectal bleeding, drainage, or sores are experienced
- they have a fever that lasts more than 2 to 3 days
- their nausea and vomiting lasts more than one day
- skin sores or lesions do not heal
- joint pain keeps them from doing their normal daily activities
- medication for their condition is causing side-effects