Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series of columns by Mary Horsley about extra-intestinal problems and IBD-related symptoms.
Because Crohn's disease can lead to many other extra-intestinal complaints and ailments, this series will focus on additional problems or conditions that can happen with your disease. With a diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis, the bowels often aren’t the only part of the body to have inflammation manifestations, the entire body is often involved in the suffering. From top to bottom, Crohn's disease and IBD can affect you anywhere. As I mentioned in two previous series, Crohn's Complications and Beyond the Bathroom, there are many problems beyond the restroom. Complications can happen with any form of autoimmune disease, through symptoms, sickness or added complaints. Crohn's disease is a host for many, many other troubles. Crohn's patients, and all IBD sufferers, can experience extra-intestinal symptoms, and sometimes other problems manifest. Crohn's disease and immune-suppressing medication weaken the immune response; so, getting sick is a risk. Bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis often are just assumed as being “bathroom dis