A painful and problematic disease that affects the colon and is called Ulcerative Colitis. The most common symptoms here would be very loose bowels, urgency to go to the washroom, feeling of burning sensation and gas post every meal, inability to keep food down, cramps in the stomach, blood in the stool and also general feeling of fatigue.
HOW IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS DIAGNOSED?
Tests to diagnose ulcerative colitis include:
• stool test: a doctor examines your stool for blood, bacteria, and parasites
• endoscopy: a doctor uses a flexible tube to examine the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine
• colonoscopy: diagnostic test that involves insertion of a long, flexible tube into the rectum to examine the inside of the colon
• biopsy: a surgeon removes a tissue sample from the colon
• barium enema: X-rays are taken of your colon and rectum, using barium to provide contrast
• blood test
HOW IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS TREATED?
Medication provided here includes anti-inflammatory medications for reducing the pain and inflammation of the colon. Besides this, the patient would be given antacids and strict lifestyle changes are implemented including reduction of smoking, alcohol and spicy foods. In some cases, surgery may be required to.
DID YOU KNOW?
UC can happen at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It tends to run in families. The most common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and blood or pus in diarrhea.