Running to the bathroom a lot lately? It could be ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can cause serious complications if left untreated. Here are the Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms that should have you calling a GI doc for testing.
It’s normal to get diarrhea once in a while, after some very greasy BBQ, a bout of food poisoning, or certainly when you have a stomach bug, but the kind of diarrhea that happens with ulcerative colitis is chronic, at least during a flare-up. (Most people with ulcerative colitis have periods of remission that can last for weeks or years, so even “chronic” Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms may be only temporary, as long as the flare-up lasts).
The urge to empty the colon may be brought on by eating certain foods that don’t agree with you, or from emotional distress. And because with ulcerative colitis, there’s irritation or swelling and sores (or ulcers) on the inner lining of the large intestine, the diarrhea stool may also contain blood or mucus from the irritated colon, even if it isn’t visible to the naked eye. In fact, bloody diarrhea is the hallmark of ulcerative colitis. Here’s how to tell if you might have Crohn’s disease.
With ulcerative colitis as with other autoimmune disorders, flare-ups can cause an acid imbalance in the body that promotes the formation of small mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores. You’re most likely to get them between the gums and lower lip or along the sides or base of the tongue, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and they usually subside along with the flare-up. To treat a canker sore, use a medicinal mouthwash or try these home remedies for canker sores; to help prevent canker sores, make sure to eat a balanced diet, as shortfalls in vitamins B12, folic acid, zinc, or iron may make you more susceptible.
Ulcerative colitis can cause abdominal pain as the body tries to send food through a large intestine, or colon, that’s swollen and lined with ulcers.A 2013 study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that more than 50 percent of patients with ulcerative colitis have abdominal pain during flare-ups—women more than men, and that some may even have pain when their disease is in remission. The pain has been described “crampy,” like a charley horse in your gut. You may feel it before going number two or while you’re going. If you’re experiencing severe or chronic abdominal cramping with no obvious cause, talk to your doctor.
During a flare-up of ulcerative colitis flare, you may experience malnutrition, as irritation in the intestines makes them less able to absorb nutrients. Malnutrition can trigger other Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms, including canker sores, dizziness, fatigue, water-electrolyte imbalance, muscle weakness or loss of muscle, and weight loss, all of which can lead to permanent damage if not addressed by a medical professional. Here are common signs of a vitamin deficiency.
Reaction to antibiotics
In ulcerative colitis, sores lining the large intestine bleed and excrete mucus. If you have ulcerative colitis, taking antibiotics can spark a flare-up of your Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms, particularly bloody or mucus-filled diarrhea. Keep in mind, however, that many people get diarrhea when taking antibiotics, even if they don’t have ulcerative colitis, and taking a probiotic and eating foods rich in natural probiotics can help.
It’s pretty common for us to be tired—from Netflix binges, working late, or as a side effect of medications. And while fatigue is probably a Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms of just about every illness, ulcerative colitis-related fatigue is likely linked to a lack of nutrients for energy, interrupted sleep to use the bathroom, nausea, and dehydration from the diarrhea.
Anemia is one of the more serious ulcerative colitis signs. When your colon bleeds, your body can become deficient in red blood cells, causing Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms such as fatigue, a feeling of uneasiness, muscle aches and pains, heart palpitations, difficulty thinking, and lightheadedness, according to everydayhealth.com. For some patients, iron deficiency anemia may be the first sign of ulcerative colitis.
If you’re having a lot of diarrhea, you’re not absorbing nutrients efficiently from your food, and you’re not eating as much because it causes abdominal cramping and nausea, it’s pretty clear why you might then experience weight loss with ulcerative colitis. If you’re dropping pounds unexpectedly, without trying, talk to your doctor about the possibility of ulcerative colitis.
If your belly hurts and you have bloody diarrhea, it could be a warning Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms. These Ulcerative Colitis Signs And Symptoms range from infrequent and mild to persistent and severe. Seen here is a section of the large intestine with changes typical of ulcerative colitis.