This website was designed as a guide from diagnosis to potential full remission of Ulcerative Colitis. It is intended to help those experiencing the initial symptoms of the condition, to those who want to stay in remission and regain control of their life. This site contains helpful factual information and descriptive personal material aimed at educating others through this daunting experience.
What is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. An inflammatory response destroying the inner lining of the colon causing ulceration, bleeding and pus production. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhoea. Basically, in plain english, one of the main roles of the colon is to reabsorb water so we can form a solid stool. In the case of Ulcerative Colitis, inflammation inhibits this reabsorbtion resulting in diarrhoea.
About half of the people diagnosed with ulcerative colitis have mild symptoms. Others suffer frequent fevers, bloody diarrhoea, nausea, and severe abdominal cramps.
Ulcerative colitis may also cause problems such as arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease, and osteoporosis. It is not known why these problems occur outside the colon. Scientists think these complications may be the result of inflammation triggered by the immune system. Some of these problems go away when the colitis is treated.
Although it may be hard to have a positive approach to this condition, think of it as a gift, and that although your life may be turned upside down, it's an opportunity to change everything for the better, and in the long run, come out on top, feeling better than you ever have before.
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Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) alongside Crohns disease. Inflammatory bowel disease the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the small intestine and colon. It can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms of both conditions and mimic other intestinal disorders. Crohn's disease differs because it causes inflammation deeper within the intestinal wall and can occur in other parts of the digestive system including the small intestine, mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Patients also may experience:

• Anemia
• Fatigue
• Weight loss
• Loss of apetite
• Rectal bleeding
• Loss of body fluids and nutrients
• Skin lesions
• Joint pain
• Growth failure