Digestive problems are one of the most common health problems most people face at some point in their lives. Some of these problems can be mild while some can be quite serious. Most people find digestive problems embarrassing and are often reluctant to discuss such problems with their doctors.
You should know that there’s nothing embarrassing about health problems and you should therefore not hesitate to see your doctor when you suspect something might be wrong with you, no matter how embarrassing you think the condition is.
One of such common digestive problems is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a broad term that describes conditions characterized by chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD usually includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
What are symptoms of IBD?
Symptoms of IBD vary depending on its location and the severity of the inflammation. Its symptoms may come and go and it be mild or severe. If you have IBD, some of the symptoms you’ll likely experience include:
- Weight loss due to inability to properly digest foods
- Loss of appetite
- Bloody stool
- Fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Abdominal pain and cramping
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately. IBD is a serious disease which may cause life-threatening complications.