We all experience occasional stomach pain now and then and sometimes that pain has us making a mad dash to the washroom. But what if you get to the toilet and you have blood in your stool? Alarm bells go off! Your mind is racing thinking about what it could be. Or the pain is unlike any other stomachache before. One of the possibilities of this issue of blood and pain could be ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is when you have chronic inflammation of the digestive tract along with ulcers in the colon and pain in the lower half of your abdomen. The two main types of IBD are UC and Chron’s. Some symptoms of UC are unrelenting diarrhea along with abdominal pain and blood in the stool, loose and urgent bowel movements, bloody stool, abdominal cramps, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss.
Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, tissue and organs. Immune deficiency can lessen your ability to fight viruses and pathogens leaving you susceptible to infections.
People who suffer from IBD are rarely diagnosed correctly the first, or even the second time symptoms present themselves.
“It admittedly took a long time and a lot of unnecessary steps to get a proper diagnosis, says Ronald Reynolds, a 20 “something-year-old” writer.