Symptoms of IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms vary widely, based on the severity and location of the inflammation. It’s not uncommon for patients to have periods of active illness, followed by periods of remission. Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in the stool
  • Reduced appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Multiple or recurrent mouth ulcers

It’s not uncommon to experience symptoms that might appear to be unrelated to the digestive tract. Between 25 percent to 40 percent of IBD patients have these extraintestinal manifestations, which include:

  • Arthritis or inflammation in the joints
  • Skin lesions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dry eyes
  • Kidney stones
  • Abnormal liver tests
  • Anemia

Treatments of IBD

With no available cure for IBD, the goal of treatment is to gain control over the symptoms to help you achieve remission and improve overall quality of life. In many instances, we can accomplish this through a combination of medications and nutrition. For some patients, however, surgical options must be considered.