Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. People with Crohn’s disease have excruciating abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, urgency to move bowels and severe diarrhea. Other symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, night sweats and weight loss. The disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.
Crohn’s disease commonly affects the end of the small bowel, the ileum, and the beginning of the colon, but it can range throughout any part of the GI tract. People with Crohn’s disease often have a difficult time in the work environment because of the need to always be near a bathroom and the severe abdominal cramping. The amount of time spent in the bathroom can be anywhere from 10 minutes per hour to 30 or 40 minutes per hour, which is not conducive to employment.
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