Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Unfortunately colitis affects a large number of people each year. This infection has a wide range of symptoms that can spring up without a moment’s notice, or be so mild and gradual that a patient is infected for years with no idea.
Ulcerative colitis can manifest itself in a variety of different ways, with different outcomes. It can come in a mild, moderate or severe form. The descriptions of colitis are normally classified as either corticosteroid dependent, steroid immune, or inactive (also known as “in remission”).
For almost each person, the course colitis takes on them is extremely unique. There are not many, hard and fast colitis symptoms that everyone experiences, and the symptoms are largely different for each person. In some people colitis may be extremely mild, and in some, albeit rare, cases it can be a life threatening condition.
The average patient who has ulcerative colitis experiences periods of inactivity (remission) that can last anywhere from a few months to several years. In these time periods there are the occasional interruptions of flare-ups, but they’re relatively stable. On average, somewhere in the middle of five percent and ten percent experience colitis symptoms all the time.
The large range of symptoms makes colitis hard to detect in some, and extremely apparent in others. In unaware whether or not symptoms present are colitis symptoms consult a doctor. Remember, colitis symptoms can vary greatly from individual to individual.
There is also no discrimination between gender or age for colitis. Colitis symptoms can appear in a man, woman, teen, or child without any warning. However, genetics is believed to play a role in colitis.
Here are some of the most common colitis symptoms:
- A feeling that you haven’t completed emptied your bowels
- Sudden flare-ups of diarrhea. There are some cases where a patient may experience diarrhea 10 to 20 occurrences per day. In fewer instances it can seem incessant. Be aware that a pressing urge to defecate may wake you during the night.
- Blood in your stool. One of the most common side effects of this disease is for it to create bloody diarrhea or a mucus. The presence of pain in the rectum, and an extremely pressing need to defecate can also be apparent.
- Constipation. This varies greatly by the location of the infection. It is far more uncommon to experience constipation than diarrhea.
- Abdominal pain, often described as cramping. Your abdomen may be sore when touched.
- Weight loss. It is important to recognize weight loss as a possible side effect of ulcerative colitis. The chronic diarrhea can cause an astounding level of weight loss if not properly handled.
- Anemia, or the shortage of red blood cells can be caused by colitis. The anemia is caused because of the extreme lack of iron, which is generated by frequent bloody stools or inflammation of the intestine.
There are also side effects or symptoms that can be found outside of the digestive tract. Some of those conditions are a rash on your skin, liver disease, issues with vision, and joint pain. That being said, a large number of those problems are more inherent to Crohn’s disease, which is another major inflammatory bowel disease.