What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Have you or a family member been recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis? Do you suspect you may have symptoms of Colitis? At Generations Family Practice we aim to provide education and support for those living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Ulcerative Colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your digestive tract. It affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Patients usually notice symptoms developing over time rather than suddenly.
While there’s no known cure for Ulcerative Colitis, treatment can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission.
Symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in stool
- Inability to empty bowels
- Urgent need to use the bathroom
How is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed and Treated?
Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your physician will work with you to determine the appropriate tests and treatment. It is important to first rule out other possible causes for your symptoms.
There is currently no cure for Ulcerative Colitis. Through drug therapy and sometimes surgery, we work to reduce your symptoms. There are several categories of drugs to work with and your specific treatment will depend on the severity of your condition and your individual response to the drug options.
You can learn more about Ulcerative Colitis through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Our Generations Family Practice team is ready to help you improve your quality of life while living with Ulcerative Colitis. Call us today at (919) 852-3444 to schedule an appointment.