Inflammatory Bowel Disease | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

Symptoms include stomach cramps, pain that comes and goes, diarrhea and blood in your stool. Other symptoms include losing weight, feeling sick to your stomach, having joint pain and feeling tired.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary depending on how severe your case is and what section of your large intestine is affected. Symptoms often include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Pain in the rectum
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • A strong feeling that you need to have a bowel movement, but not being able to do so (called tenesmus)

You may have diarrhea over a period of weeks or months. The diarrhea may have blood in it. Some people have abdominal pain. The diarrhea and abdominal pain tend to come and go.


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Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 01/98