Inflammatory bowel disease has active and quiet stages. During quiet times, or remission, there are generally no symptoms. During active stages, the affected tissue becomes inflamed, causing several symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms vary depending on what part of the digestive tract is affected.
General symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Severe urgency to have a bowel movement
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Anemia due to blood loss
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, it does not mean that you have IBD. If you think you have IBD, please call your doctor.