The tear often exposes the muscle around the anus, called the anal sphincter. The damage can cause that muscle to spasm, which can pull apart the edges of the fissure even more. The spasms can cause pain and slow down the healing. Bowel movements can also keep the fissures from getting better.
Living with ulcerative colitis isn’t always easy -- it can mean dealing with symptoms such as rectal bleeding, and finding a life-long treatment that reduces inflammation and ulcerations in the lining of the colon.
While the causes of ulcerative colitis (UC) are generally unknown, understanding the disease can help minimize its impact on your quality of life.
Here are the facts about ulcerative colitis that can help you better manage this chronic condition, unraveled by gastroenterologist Eric...