Ulcerative colitis (or UC) can be a debilitating condition. Unfortunately, many UC symptoms mimic other conditions so it can be difficult to get a diagnosis. Learning more about this disease will keep you informed as your doctor gets to the bottom of your GI issues. Below, we will explain the basics of ulcerative colitis.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the colon’s inner lining. This inflammation can lead to ulcers, or tiny open sores inside the colon. Doctors are still trying to understand the exact cause of ulcerative colitis. While they still aren’t sure, some experts believe the cause could be environmental, genetic, or autoimmune.
Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Ulcerative colitis can cause many GI symptoms. The most common symptom is chronic diarrhea. Other symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, and even anemia. Because UC can affect a person’s appetite, many side effects are a result of dehydration or malnutrition. Because these symptoms are similar to other conditions like Chron’s Disease, it’s important that you see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Talking to a Professional
If you are struggling with ulcerative colitis or if you have GI symptoms and are looking for a diagnosis, call us at the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center. We provide personalized care to address each patient’s unique GI symptoms. To get started with treatment, call us at 281-357-1977.