While abdominal pain and bloody stools may develop from various causes, it’s possible that if you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may have ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, specialize in the diagnosis and management of IBDs like ulcerative colitis and can provide the diagnosis and care you need. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you today.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and ulcers to develop in the large intestines. It’s a chronic condition that requires ongoing medical management.
Researchers aren’t certain of the exact cause of ulcerative colitis but theorize that it may develop due to a malfunction in your immune system that causes an abnormal response to an invading virus or bacteria.
Ulcerative colitis symptoms may develop slowly over time and come and go. Common symptoms include:
The types of symptoms you experience may also depend on the location of your inflammation.
Ulcerative colitis is divided into types based on the location of the disease:
Although rare, you can also develop acute severe ulcerative colitis, which is the most severe type and affects the entire colon, causing symptoms such as profuse diarrhea, extreme pain, and inability to eat.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. Your exam may include a review of your symptoms and medical history, physical exam, and specialized testing, such as a stool test or colonoscopy.
Treatment for ulcerative colitis may include medications or surgery. Your Colorado Gastroenterology specialist develops the most effective treatment plan for you based on your symptoms, the type of ulcerative colitis you have, and your medical history.
To minimize your symptoms and help you manage the disease, your specialist may prescribe various medications, such as anti-inflammatories or pain medication. You may also need vitamin and mineral supplements.
If you can’t get relief from your symptoms with medication, your specialist may recommend surgery, which usually involves the removal of your entire colon and rectum.
For the management of your ulcerative colitis from an experienced team, call Colorado Gastroenterology today.