colitis symptoms

by Nick Huffman
(Bluffton, Indiana, U.S.)

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis about a year ago and sense then, I have done nothing to better myself like an idiot. I am 18 and played supports and was healthy until I tore my ACL and have been unable to play sports competively. The pain, blood, diarrhea, tiredness, etc. was worse than before. Is this Crohn's or even worse cancer? I don't know what to do. I have went to a doctor and eye reader and they both been very hesitant and worried about it but what tell me what they think, other than I need to try doing this for a little bit or lets not jump to any conclusions or you need to see a doctor.

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Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis NEW
by: Annette

Hi there,

I am sorry to hear about your health situation. Nothing is more worrying that not being able to diagnose a health problem for sure and even though you have been told it is Ulcerative Colitis, there is still a question mark over it which just aggravates the whole situation and increases your sense of frustration.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease and it affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn's disease is a related condition. Many people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and then with Crohn's but it is not always the case obviously.

Symptoms for Ulcerative Colitis include:

Abdominal pain
Diarrhoea with blood and mucus

In addition...

Tiredness or fatigue
Weight loss
Changes in appetite
Feelings of dehydration

Ulcerative Colitis is often worse first thing in the morning.

The problem is that the symptoms are very similar so this makes it very difficult to diagnose for sure. It is important however to go back to your doctor and to ask if there is any chance that it could be Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease can and does affect the large intestine but more commonly it affects the small intestine. Crohn's disease seems to affect people differently though, the symptoms vary, some have only mild symptoms and others suffer a great deal into it seemingly goes into remission.

Do watch what you eat. Avoid alcohol or smoking where possible and it's worth keeping a diary as to the good days, bad days, food eaten etc. This can often highlight triggers and if you can take this journal to the doctors it may help them to give you a correct diagnosis for once and for all.

Unsurprisingly, stress and anxiety can make the conditions much worse so do try to just cope on a day to day basis and adopt a flexible approach to life. It is difficult but it is the best way to be able to cope with either Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease.

I hope this helps? Good luck.

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