Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary depending on the level and location of inflammation. It is very similar to Crohn’s disease, another inflammatory bowel disease. Both, are identified by the inflammation caused in the digestive tract. However, in contrast colitis affects mostly the large intestine. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis in children and adults are very similar as well.
What is ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can lead to the formation of ulcers in the digestive tract. Particularly, the lining of the colon and the rectum. As a result, it causes the patient to suffer with long term inflammation.
Since ulcerative colitis is a debilitating disease, it is best to take note of the various symptoms. If you already suffer of these symptoms the time to change your lifestyle is now. Placing the digestive tract under so much stress eventually has life threatening consequences. These include:
- colon cancer
Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
With Ulcerative Colitis being such an uncommon illness doctors will first rule out many other conditions before beginning to test for UC. This is one of the Irritable Bowel Diseases that is an invisible illness.Many patients do not seek treatment until the condition is at a high risk stage. This causes complications that could have been easily treated to worsen and sets patients back.
- Abdominal Pain
- Blood In Stool
- Mucus in stool
- Difficult bowel movement
- Constant diarrhea
- Ulcerations in the colon
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
Signs and symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
- Loose stools
- Rectal pain often accompanied with bleeding
- Fatigue and/or Chronic Fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- General discomfort
- Diarrhea (often with blood and/or pus)
- Inflammation of the joints, eyes, and skin
It is best to treat ulcerative colitis quickly. Because, a serious complication like a dilation of the colon can occur, we recommend to not ignore symptoms. Eventually, this dilation will tear a hole in the bowel wall. Since this opening will require surgery, its best to avoid it as much as possible.
Ulcerative Colitis Pain
UC pain is quite common, although it ranges from mild and intermittent to chronic and debilitating.
- Ulcerative Colitis pain can be back pain, abdominal pain, or pain in the rectum. Especially when sitting or after going to the bathroom, and of course in the abdomen.
- Abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea and/or constipation are one of the most obvious warning signs of UC.
- Pain in the eyes, joints, and extremities, especially the fingers are also UC symptoms and pains that are felt as a result of inflammation.
Mild to moderate Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Symptoms
Often, symptoms of colitis are mild to moderate. For instance, some pain with colitis can be relieved with changing your diet, or can go as far as requiring more work. Abdominal pain is one of the warning signs that comes and goes. Abdominal cramping and pain are mild to moderate symptoms that often vary. Also, rectal pain is another common symptom. As a result, these symptoms paired with fatigue and low energy make even mild colitis very tough.
Severe Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
- Excessive Weight Loss
- Constant Vomiting and Nausea
- Severe Diarrhea or Constipation
Unfortunately, ulcerative colitis symptoms can become so intense that you need to strictly follow the IBD treatment plan. Maybe, you can recognize these severe symptoms when you suffer with diarrhea, blood in the stool, and serious bouts of pain. Also, if you have fevers that last longer than a day or unable to eat it is time you stop suffering. As a result, you see excessive weight loss and chronic nausea and vomiting. While, these symptoms are a part of serious flares, they don’t have to be part of living with UC.
What causes ulcerative colitis?
Experts have no specific answer to the question of what causes ulcerative colitis, however bacteria in the digestive tract play a major role. The reaction of the body’s immune system to certain kinds of bacteria have a direct influence on the disease. Also, not everybody with colitis manifests the symptoms. Often, the symptoms are hidden in the “invisible” symptoms, and are manifested are extra-intestinal symptoms.
Ulcerative Colitis symptoms in children
Other mild to moderate symptoms of the disease include fatigue and fever. The sluggish tired feeling that people suffering with autoimmune disease experience more than often can be attributed to the chronic fatigue that is brought on with Ulcerative Colitis. Children who suffer from ulcerative colitis have been known to have stunted growth, and a harder time concentrating in school or daily tasks.
Types of colitis
- Cdiff colitis
- Eosinophilic colitis
- Infectious colitis
- Diversion colitis
- Hemorrhagic colitis
- Ischemic colitis
- Left-sided colitis
- Pan-ulcerative colitis
- Collagenous colitis
- Microscopic colitis
- Lymphocytic colitis
- Colitis nervioso