EXPLORE UC AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT YOU.
What is ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease of the large intestine, which includes the colon.
No one knows exactly what causes ulcerative colitis, and it can affect every individual in a different way. UC is a chronic, or ongoing condition, and while there is no cure for this disease, it can be managed.
COMMON ULCERATIVE COLITIS SYMPTOMS.
Ulcerative colitis most often begins gradually, and symptoms tend to come and go. Symptoms can range based on the severity of the disease. The different levels of severity of ulcerative colitis include mild, moderate, and severe.
Most people go through periods of flares – the return of symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, and urgent bowel movements – or remission, a time where the symptoms may disappear for a few weeks or even years.
Location, severity, and symptoms can vary.
Inflammation is confined to the rectum.
Rectal bleeding, urgency, and rectal pain.
In this form, there is inflammation in both the rectum and the lower end of the colon.
Bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain, and the inability to move your bowels even though you have the urge.
Inflammation extends beyond the rectum, through the sigmoid and descending colon.
Rectal bleeding, tenesmus, urgency, diarrhea, abdominal cramping.
This type of UC affects the entire colon.
Bloody diarrhea (possibly severe), abdominal cramps and pain, fatigue, and significant weight loss.
ACUTE SEVERE ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
An uncommon form of UC that may affect the entire colon and causes severe symptoms.
Profuse diarrhea, bleeding, fever, and severe abdominal pain.