What You Need to Know
Crohn’s disease is linked to inflammation. One cause of inflammation is believed to be TNF alpha (a protein that occurs naturally throughout your body). If your body produces too much TNF alpha, it can cause inflammation.
Inflammation is your body’s normal reaction to protect itself from bacteria and viruses. But when there’s excess inflammation that doesn’t go away, it can trigger Crohn’s symptoms.
Crohn’s is a progressive disease that can gradually worsen over time.
- Cathy, a real Crohn’s patient using HUMIRA
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Crohn’s symptoms can come and go without warning. Many people go through periods when they experience few or no symptoms, known as remission, and periods of Crohn’s flare-ups when there are frequent and/or more intense symptoms.
The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are diarrhea, cramping and pain in your abdomen, weight loss, and fever. However, your symptoms may vary depending on where inflammation occurs in your GI tract and how severe it is.
Because Crohn’s symptoms can be unpredictable, it’s important to assess them regularly and share the results with your doctor. And when thinking about Crohn’s symptoms, you should not only consider how they are affecting you physically, but how they are impacting your daily routine.