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Is internal bleeding a common problem of ulcerative colitis?

Is internal bleeding a common problem of ulcerative colitis?

No- read on: Ulcerative colitis is often diagnosed when someone seeks medical advice for rectal bleeding. However, internal bleeding usually implies bleeding into a body cavity, such as the abdomen or chest. This can be seen after surgery, and in unusual situations even when no surgery has occurred. However, it is rarely seen in uc in the absence of other complications.

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Internal Bleeding (Definition)

Also known as an internal hemorrhage, internal bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs inside the body that is not seen from the outside. This happens when there is damage to an artery or vein from trauma, an injury to the spleen, a ruptured aneurysm, or erosion into an artery or vein from cancer or gastric ulcer. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency ...Read more


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I have ulcerative colitis and can't stop the bleeding?

I have ulcerative colitis and can't stop the bleeding?

Seek help: Medical therapy first. If refractory, surgery may be indicated.

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Why haven't I stopped bleeding after prednisone regiment for ulcerative colitis?

Why haven't I stopped bleeding after prednisone regiment for ulcerative colitis?

If you are: Still bleeding from uc after steroids, it could be serious. Get back to your GI specialist immediately.

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Why's it the fact that you get bleeding with ulcerative colitis but not with crohn's?

Why's it the fact that you get bleeding with ulcerative colitis but not with crohn's?

Crohn's colitis: Can cause bleeding too, but less frequently. Ulcerative colitis is a disease that affects mainly the mucosa or the inner lining, so rectal bleeding is more common. Crohn's colitis, in contrast, affects the entire wall of the colon, so perforations and fistulas are more common.

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause bleeding only in the morning? Rest of the day is fine.

Why does ulcerative colitis cause bleeding only in the morning? Rest of the day is fine.

Can bleed anytime: Most of the people move their bowels in morning, movement of colon (mass peristalsis) causes the bleeding, .

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Can you have ulcerative colitis without bleeding?

Yes: Uc is complicated and many other diseases can imitate uc. You want a GI expert for your trouble. Good luck.

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Possible reasons for bleeding from ulcerative colitis?

Possible reasons for bleeding from ulcerative colitis?

Inflammation: The inflammation on the lining of the bowel causes that lining to break down. So essentially there is injury to your body. The bleeding is a natural extension of this. The treatments are medications to correct the inflammation actually. Then, the body will naturally heal the lining of the bowel and the bleeding will stop.

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What are the causes of the bleeding in ulcerative colitis?

Ulcers in colon: As the name indicates this condition leads to ulcers in the colon which can cause signficant bleeding with stool.

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I had a colonoscopy 5 days ago. I have ulcerative colitis but now my stomach hurts worse and I have more bleeding than normal. Suggestions?

I had a colonoscopy 5 days ago. I have ulcerative colitis but now my stomach hurts worse and I have more bleeding than normal. Suggestions?

No unusual: The Colonoscopy "stirs" up the bowel. the endoscopiswt puts air into the bowel to be able to see the inside properly! ...If the bleeding continues NOTIFY YOUR Gastroenterologist! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Cold hands&vertigo feeling. Diangosis ulcerative colitis and been bleeding some time. Hemoglobin 19. And all heart tests are fine. Is this anxiety related?

Cold hands&vertigo feeling. Diangosis ulcerative colitis and been bleeding some time. Hemoglobin 19. And all heart tests are fine. Is this anxiety related?

May be: Your health circumstances are more complex than would be reasonable to address in this forum. The hemoglobin level you cited is likely incorrect. It would be prudent to discuss the issues with your doctor.

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As child had c diff. Ulcerative colitis from antibiotics for urinary infections. Could this be reason I get painful stools that bleed now as adult?

As child had c diff. Ulcerative colitis from antibiotics for urinary infections. Could this be reason I get painful stools that bleed now as adult?

Odd situation: It is not rare for someone to get colitis from C.difficile, but to cause ulcerative colitis would be. That label is usually reserved for a lifelong process that is rarely seen in kids, I never did in > 30 yrs of pediatric practice. Painful and bloody stools require proper evaluation in adults for best outcome. The y can arise from infections, constipation, cancer or true inflammatory bowel disease.

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Which problems can ulcerative colitis cause later in life?

THe same as: In the younger years. Pain, bleeding, anemia, dehydtation, obstruction perforation. All of this are less well tolerated as we get into the older age groups. Properly treated and controlled ulcerative colitis in remission, does not increase your problems in the future.

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Is it possible to have ulcerative colitis so mild that you don't even realize you have a problem? You just think you have occasional GI issues.

Is it possible to have ulcerative colitis so mild that you don't even realize you have a problem? You just think you have occasional GI issues.

YES: But it's rare...There have been cases of UC with the only complaint (s) are those of constipation and or diarrhea without fever or blood in stools. If you are concened about this ee your PCP. There are newer BLOOD TESTS which can screen for inflammatory bowel disease. Hope this helps! Dr Z

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease. Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks.

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive.

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Can someone have Ulcerative Colitis for years and not know? Or would that be unusual? I heard its very common in Crohns. What about UC?

Can someone have Ulcerative Colitis for years and not know? Or would that be unusual? I heard its very common in Crohns. What about UC?

Yes: People can have UC but not feel it for a reasonable amount of time. They can present with diarrheas to the ER multiple times until they get a scope and then make the diagnosis,

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What is a common ulcerative colitis medicine?

Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, (mesalamine) canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery.

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How common is having ulcerative colitis for few years and then after surgery checking the colon u find out they have Crohn's disease instead?

How common is having ulcerative colitis for few years and then after surgery checking the colon u find out they have Crohn's disease instead?

Not uncommon: Both ulcerative colitis and crohns are an inflammatory disease process. They share several features and can be challenging to diagnose/treat. A specimen removed from the bowel and sent to a pathologist for an exam under microscope makes the diagnosis. In addition to uc/crohns the pathologic exam can find cancer and/or diverticulitis. Stay with your care team. Nicotine cessation will help.

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Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Not likely: Ulcerative colitis has a specific appearance and location that distinguishes it histologically from normal tissue. The scenario you describe is possible with human error involved, but for the most part, very unlikely

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