Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract that leads to abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss. Different areas of the digestive tract can be affected.
Ulcerative colitis affects the lining of the large intestine and rectum, causing long-lasting inflammation and ulcers. Symptoms include rectal pain or bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss and urgency or inability to have a bowel movement.
Both conditions do not have a cure but can be managed through dietary changes and medicines. In extreme cases when both do not help, surgery may be recommended.