If you have any of these symptoms and you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, your disease may have become significantly worse. Some of these symptoms also may be signs of toxic megacolon. This is a condition in which the colon swells to many times its normal size. Toxic megacolon requires emergency treatment. Left untreated, it can cause the colon to leak or rupture. This can be fatal.
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) depend on how severe the irritation and swelling are in your colon. They also depend on what part of your colon is affected.
Symptoms can come and go. You might not have any for weeks, months, or years, and then they come back. Chances are about 50-50 that the effects of your disease will be mild.
Most people with UC have a few common issues.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate when you have any of the above symptoms. If your symptoms are caused by ulcerative colitis, delaying the diagnosis and treatment may make the disease worse. And it can increase your risk of other problems.
Even when the disease is in remission, your doctor will want to see you regularly to check for complications. Some of these problems can be hard to detect. It is always a good idea to call your doctor's office for advice.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose ulcerative colitis include: