Crohn’s Disease and Extra-Intestinal Problems, Part 3

Crohn’s Disease and Extra-Intestinal Problems, Part 3
Third in a series about Crohn's disease and extra-intestinal problems and IBD-related symptoms. Read part one here and part two here.  Crohn's disease can lead to many other extra-intestinal complaints and ailments. As such, the third installment of this series will focus on additional problems or conditions that can happen in your joints and nerves. With a diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis, the bowels often aren’t the only part of the body to have inflammation; the entire body is often involved in the suffering. From top to bottom, Crohn's disease and IBD can affect you anywhere. Complications can happen with any form of autoimmune disease through symptoms, sickness, or added complaints. Crohn's patients, and all IBD sufferers, can experience extra-intestinal symptoms, and sometimes other problems manifest. With any diagnosis, there are several ways it could affect your body, and these extra-intestinal ailments are a few of the symptoms IBD patients can face after diagnosis. Extra-intestinal ailments involving the joints and nerves can include joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, and even osteoporosis may occur. Pain or numbness in the feet and hands can happen as well, with finger-clubbing or peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage. Arthritis is a form of inflammation, a condition of the joints. A lot of patients suffer joint pain with their IBD, and according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, it is the most common of extraintestinal symptoms for patients to have. Pain, numbness, weakness, or lack of feeling can occur with nerve problems, and IBD patients can be at greater risk of developing thes
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  1. Chevrotain says:

    I cured my troubles by eliminating one single food: olive oil. You know, the “healthy” oil? Turns out I’m allergic, and olive oil is nearly everywhere in foods these days because people think it’s good for you. Well, it’s not good for me. Haven’t had any trouble in over, gosh, a decade. You might be blaming the gluten in your noodles or the tomatoes, but actually, like me, it could be the olive oil. Dip a Popsicle stick in some of it and scratch your arm. If it welts up, you’ve got your culprit.

    • Mary Horsley says:

      I am glad that you finally found out your allergies, but I do know that I am not allergic to gluten or olive oil. Gluten was one of the first things my doctor had me cut out to see if it would help with my issues, and I know tomatoes are a No-No for my tummy. I am glad to see you’ve found a little relief by cutting out certain things.

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