A pain that feels like cramps in the middle of the abdomen or the lower right quadrant is typical of the types of Crohn’s disease known as ileocolitis and ileitis.
People with ileitis may also find that their pain or discomfort appears within a few hours of eating a meal.
What does a Crohn’s attack feel like?
If you have Crohn’s disease, you might be symptom-free for weeks or even months. Then, without warning, you can experience stomach pains or urgency. Other symptoms may include diarrhea, nausea, a loss of appetite, and fatigue, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
How painful is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease can be painful, debilitating, and, sometimes, life-threatening. Crohn’s disease, also called ileitis or enteritis, can affect any part of the gut, from the mouth all the way down to the anus. In the majority of cases, however, the lower part of the small intestine – the ileum – is affected.
How do you tell if you are having a Crohn’s flare up?
When Crohn’s disease first begins, or during a flare-up, you might experience:
- Abdominal pain, usually at or below the navel.
- Diarrhea that may contain blood.
- Sores around the anus.
- Drainage of pus or mucus from the anus or anal area.
- Pain when you have a bowel movement.
- Mouth sores.
- Loss of appetite.
- Joint pains or back pain.
Where is the pain in Crohn’s disease?
Pain usually begins within an hour after eating and is most often concentrated around the navel, the lower right abdomen, or both. Mild abdominal swelling or bloating is also common in Crohn’s disease and may be related to food choices.