Anemia is a common complication for people with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s can cause inflammation in the digestive tract that can lead to painful symptoms such as abdominal pain, ulcers, inflammation, and swelling of the lining. When these symptoms aren’t properly treated, internal bleeding can happen in the digestive tract. If too many red blood cells are lost during the bleeding, anemia can develop. This can lead to symptoms such as feeling tired and having short of breath.

Since fatigue is a common symptom of Cronh’s, many times anemia or iron deficiency is overlooked. Unless the person feels pain, the bleeding can continue to go unnoticed and cause more complications. Another cause for anemia in Crohn’s patients is a poor diet. Lack of certain vitamins and nutrients can also lead to a low amount of red blood cells.

Symptoms of anemia can also include chest pains, cold hands or feet, unusual cravings, dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness, pale skin, and weakness. There are many treatments that can help anemia for people with Crohn’s. Talk to your doctor to see what treatment options would work best for you.

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