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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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, ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, congestive heart failure, common variable immunodeficiency, ulcerative colitis. How much longer?

Husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, congestive heart failure, common variable immunodeficiency, ulcerative colitis. How much longer?

Impossible: There are many variables that you don't state (and probably don't know). Even if all the lab values were available, an accurate time table is never possible with human beings. I think you know from your question that each day with your husband now is precious. Try to enjoy what time he has left. ...Read more

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xarelto & Percocet for last wk. Have severe abdominal pain w/ rectal bleeding. Could it be ulcerative colitis where diarrhea is stopped from opiods?

xarelto & Percocet for last wk. Have severe abdominal pain w/ rectal bleeding. Could it be ulcerative colitis where diarrhea is stopped from opiods?

Hematochezia: It sounds like ther are many important variables regarding your question that make it a complex one. Yes xarelto can thin your blood and make you more prone to bleeding. Opioid medications usually have the side effect of causing constipation. ...Read more

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Can there be a specific diet I should try to stick to since I have ulcerative colitis?

Probiotics, vegan: Probiotics bacteria can be added to your diet in pill form, based on theories that they help some bowel conditions although no definite studies for ulcerative colitis. My own bias is a vegan diet but again there is no evidence for that. Vegan diets are likely good for autoimmune conditions and good for bowel and general health. Remember to take vitamin B12 in a vegan diet. ...Read more

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My friend has ulcerative colitis since 1998 and I feel sorry for her. What exactly is this and what can I do to help her heal?

Autoimmune disease: UC is chronic disease without cure that can be usually controlled medically. It is a disease process wherein the body's own immune system attacks the lining of the colon and rectum causing inflammation and thus diarrhea, pain and bleeding. ...Read more

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What can I do if my ulcerative colitis is flaring up and I am getting a cold?

What can I do if my ulcerative colitis is flaring up and I am getting a cold?

No: While a cold may worsten diarrhea, one should allways see if the colitis needs more aggressive medical treatment. See your gi. ...Read more

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If I under go ulcerative colitis surgery can I die and what's the percentage of a surgey to success.

Any surgery has risk: Chances are if you need uc surgery it is because of: poor response to medical therapy, acute decompensation, and/or risk for cancer. Normal kidney, lung, heart, liver function then the risks are well worth taking. If surgery is for rx of life-threatening problems, then you have little choice. Talk w/gi md, surgeon, at length. Get info from ccfa. Org (crohn's and colitis foundation of america). ...Read more

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I am having ulcerative colitis from last 12 years. I heard about smoking effects on ulcerative colitis, then I too started smoking it really worked.

Double Edged Sword: Interestingly, tobacco use with uc has been shown to help with symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease, which is the opposite as seen with crohn's disease (worsens symptoms/flare ups)

nonetheless - there are countless adverse effects from smoking. While calming (because it doesn't cure it) one, you may be introducing a host of other risks to your health. ...Read more

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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more