crohns disease for 25 years

have crohns for 25 years have a colostomy resently am suffering cronic fatigue and joint pains am wpndering has this any connection to my condition

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Crohn's and additional symptoms NEW
by: Annette

Hello there,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you have had Crohn's disease for a long time and that you are getting additional symptoms now.

The problem with this disease is that the symptoms seem to vary. It can vary in terms of the number of symptoms, the types of symptoms and the intensity of the symptoms too. Crohn's can be incredibly aggressive and can disrupt your life completely or, it may seemingly go into remission for weeks, months and even years. Flare-ups can change too and can be anything from minor to major in terms of pain level.

Symptoms include:

Joint pain - affecting arms,legs, knees, ankles and even pain in the toes.
Vomiting - unable to keep any food and sometimes fluid down.
Abdominal pain- Severe cramps
Rashes- skin complaints
Eye inflammation
Intense Fatigue
Reduced appetite

As you can see, there are a lot of symptoms that is connected to Crohn's disease so if you are now experiencing new symptoms, it is likely to still be the same disease playing up.

If you are getting different symptoms, it may be that you are doing something different that may be acting as a trigger. If you have been drinking alcohol, smoking or experiencing greater stress in your life, this could certainly be enough to spark off an attack. If you have any concerns about your symptoms, I would always suggest going to see a doctor just to alleviate any possible concerns and to just monitor how you feel over the coming weeks.

I hope that this answers your question and wish you the best of luck in the future.

If anyone else has had Crohn's disease for many years and is experiencing different types of symptoms, please do let us know. I'm a firm believer that the more knowledge we have about this disease,the better able we are to cope with it.

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