Signs & Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
The most common signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) are diarrhea with blood or pus and abdominal discomfort.
Other signs and symptoms include
- Urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Feeling tired
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Anemia—a condition in which the body has fewer red blood cells than normal
Less common symptoms include
- Joint pain or soreness
- Eye irritation
- Certain rashes
The symptoms a person experiences can vary depending on the severity of the inflammation and where it occurs in the intestine. When symptoms first appear,
- Most people with UC have mild to moderate symptoms
- About 10% of people can have severe symptoms, such as frequent, bloody bowel movements; fevers; and severe abdominal cramping
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Ulcerative colitis. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/ulcerative-colitis. Accessed February 14, 2018.