Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) to form in the inner most lining of the large intestines (colon) that produce pus and mucous. Ulcerative colitis is and autoimmune condition that results in an abnormal response in your body. When healthy, the cells and protein that make up your immune system protect you from infection. With ulcerative colitis your immune systems mistakes bacteria, food and other materials in the intestine as foreign substances. As a results your body sends white blood cells into the intestinal lining where they produce inflammation and ulcerations.
The causes of ulcerative colitis are uncertain, although there seems to be a predisposition to the disease passed down genetically. Those already susceptible to the disease can be triggered by environmental factors such as diet. A specific ulcerative colitis diet is sometimes recommended. Stress may irritate the disease though this is not believed to be a direct cause.
Nella shares her experience at Sunridge
Nella, Vancouver, Canada – Nella’s doctors in Canada suggested she have her entire colon removed due to her ulcerative colitis. Instead she came to Sunridge Medical and is now in complete remission.
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative Colitis symptoms wax and wane with periods of virtually no symptoms between bouts of intense symptoms. Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. Roughly 10% of people have severe symptoms that can require hospitalization. The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are diarrhea with blood or pus and abdominal pain. Other symptoms can include:
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Weight Loss
- Urgency to defecare
- Inability to defecare despite urgency
- Rectal bleeding when passing stool
Less Common Symptoms:
- Joint pain or soreness
- Eye Irritation
Ulcerative colitis may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. Men and Women are equally likely to be affected, and most people are diagnosed in their mid-30s.
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