What is Crohn's Disease?

Q. What are the symptoms for Crohn’s disease and what do I do if I think I have this disease?

A. The most common symptoms for Crohn’s disease include severe diarrhea, that is not only watery but also contains mucous, which are slimy, stringy substances in the stool; belly pain, typically on the right side of the abdomen; blood in the stool and the loss of weight. Symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease may come and go but are chronic and do not go away. If you are experiencing these symptoms, particularly blood in the stool and/or weight loss, visit your doctor. More than likely you will be referred to a gastroenterologist who will perform tests to determine conclusively if you have Crohn’s disease or another cause of your discomfort.

Dr. Richard H. Sadowitz, M.D.

Chattanooga Gastroenterology

2341 McCallie Ave., Ste 400

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 493-9151