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Symptoms

Most individuals with ulcerative colitis only experience mild symptoms, which can still be painful and embarrassing. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain or cramping – Most individuals experience painful cramping in the abdomen.
  • Persistent diarrhea – Individuals with ulcerative colitis often have loose, watery stool and an urgent need to use the restroom.
  • Rectal pain and bleeding – Inflammation, scarring and ulcers can cause bleeding from the anus.
  • Anemia and fatigue – Individuals with ulcerative colitis may also develop anemia, which occurs when the body’s iron levels become low.

Other symptoms of ulcerative colitis disease may include:

  • Loss of appetite – An upset stomach and stress can make it difficult and unappealing to eat.
  • Weight loss – Frequent diarrhea and lack of appetite can lead to unintended weight loss.
  • Inability to pass stool – Despite an urge to have a bowel movement, individuals with ulcerative colitis are sometimes unable to pass stool.

If you experience any symptoms of ulcerative colitis disease, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist. 

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Flare-Ups of Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can come and go. A flare-up is a return of symptoms after a “remission,” or period of time with no symptoms. Flare-ups can last anywhere from one to three days or in severe cases three to four weeks. Be sure to contact your gastroenterologist if you experience flare-up symptoms for more than 48 hours. 

Symptoms of Flare-Ups

Individuals may experience a wide range of symptoms during ulcerative colitis flares, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Urgent bowel movements
  • Belly pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Causes of Flare-Ups

Triggers for a flare-up of ulcerative colitis can vary across individuals, and may include:

  • Foods that irritate your stomach

Learn effective ways to manage flare-ups.