Ulcerative Colitis is Inflammation

Ulcerative Colitis is inflammatory Bowel Disease which is located in the intestine, mostly in the large intestine or Colon.  Unlike Crohns which is ongoing, Ulcerative Colitis can come and go, at times no symptoms are present.

This disease causes inflammation of the walls of the intestine.  The inflammation is due to the immune system thinking every microbe is bad and so it attacks everything in site.

Ulcerative Colitis has the symptoms of diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight loss.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis and Picture

Here is an endoscopy, a live camera inside the intestine.

picture of endoscopy os ulcerative colitis

 

Other Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

  • anemia
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • rectal bleeding
  • loss of body fluids and nutrients
  • skin lesions
  • joint pain
  • growth failure (specifically in children)

 

There are many different types of "symptoms" when this disease is present to treatments vary depending on eh symptoms.

Treatments of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Drugs that coat the lining of the walls of the intestine are often prescribed.
  • Changes in Diets
  • Steroids
  • Immunological Drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti Inflammatory Drugs
  • Biological Drugs

Surgery For Ulcerative Colitis

The inflammation and sores can cause a lot of bleeding, infection, and other complications.  if one of these complications is threatening life, then surgery is may be required.

Stress and Anxiety and Ulcerative Colitis

Stress and Anxiety make the Ulcerative colitis symptoms worse and/or bring them about.  There is no evidence that emotions can cause Ulcerative Colitis, they just make them worse and exacerbate the symptoms.

 

 

 

Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Diseases