Normally, harmless bacteria in the GI tract (many of which aid in digestion) aren’t harmed by the immune system response. But with Rheumatoid Arthritis, these bacteria are mistaken for harmful invaders—triggering cells to travel out of the blood to the gastrointestinal tract, producing inflammation. This may lead to Chron’s symptoms when inflammation doesn’t subside.
This can cause:
Frequent, recurring diarrhea
Tenesmus: A sudden and constant feeling that you have to move your bowels
Common symptoms can include diarrhea, anemia, joint pain or soreness, and nausea.