Crohn’s symptom: AnemiaiStock/macniak
Crohn’s disease can damage the lower part of the intestine, where B vitamins are absorbed. “Anemia can be caused by folate or vitamin B12 deficiency, in addition to low levels of iron,” says Sylvia Morrisa, MD, a board-certified internist in Atlanta and U.S. News & World Report contributor. Anemia symptoms include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and headaches.
Crohn’s symptom: ArthritisiStock/Astrid Gast
Stiff and painful joints that seem to be worse with movement are sometimes associated with Crohn’s disease symptoms. “Twenty percent of patients with Crohn’s disease have degenerative joint disease, usually involving joints in the knees, ankles, back, hands, and shoulders,” says Dr. Morris. Learn more times when joint pain is more serious than arthritis.