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.