Ulcerative colitis can cause long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Although the exact cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, possible factors may be genes, environment and an overactive immune system. In any case, symptoms for this disorder usually appear over time, rather than suddenly.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis may include:
- Urgency in bowel movements, diarrhea, abdominal pain
- Unexplained fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss
- Joint pain or soreness (less common)
To learn whether or not ulcerative colitis is the correct diagnosis for your symptoms, you should see a doctor for a physical exam and a discussion of your individual and family, medical history. In most cases, lab tests such as blood tests and stool tests are performed, and in some cases, an endoscopy of the large intestine is necessary.
Treatment of ulcerative colitis may consist of medications, surgery and dietary changes. Granite Peaks Gastroenterology has offices in Salt Lake and Utah counties to conveniently serve you – whatever your needs may be.