Ulcerative colitis affects an estimated 600,000 Americans. Similar to Crohn’s disease, this chronic condition ulcerates the tissues along the large intestine (or colon) and the rectum, causing painful inflammation of the inner walls.
Ulcerative colitis isn’t typically a fatal disease, however, the following symptoms closely associated with it can cause life-threatening complications…
1. Abdominal Pain
Like Crohn’s disease, during flare-ups, ulcerative colitis causes ever-present stomach cramping and stabbing pain, which is similar to the feeling of having to take an explosive bowel movement without being able to. During times of remission, abdominal discomfort will virtually disappear.