The symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) revolve mainly around bowel movements, but also can include symptoms outside the digestive system.
- Rectal Pain and/or Bleeding
- Frequent, Loose Bowel Movements
- Blood and Pus in Stools
- Severe Straining with Bowel Movements
- Feeling of Incomplete Bowel Movements
- Urgency to Have a Bowel Movement
- Joint Pain/Arthritis
- Mouth Sores
- Skin Ulcers
Patients suffering with these symptoms should see a gastroenterologist right away. Because some symptoms can be confused with Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or infection, seeing your gastrointestinal specialist is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate, effective treatment plan.