IBD Symptoms

IBD symptoms are usually experienced in flares, with periods of mild to severe activity and periods when no symptoms occur. These IBD symptoms might include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Iron deficiency
  • Feeling of urgency to have bowel movement
  • Abdominal cramps and pains
  • Diarrhea

IBD can impact the intestines severely. Long-term complications might include:

  • Profuse intestinal bleeding caused by ulcers
  • Rupture of the bowel
  • Narrowing of the bowel
  • Perianal disease
  • Toxic megacolon (extreme, life-threatening dilation of the colon)