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Symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC)

About Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

Patients with UC may have the same disease, but that’s where most similarities end. The severity of the disease, as well as the symptoms and how long they last, are different from person to person. That’s why it’s important to learn about UC and some of the common terms when discussing your experience with your doctor. Some of the more common symptoms of UC include:

  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Rectal bleeding

This is not an all-inclusive list of symptoms, so be sure to discuss any symptoms you’re experiencing with your doctor.

Symptoms of UC commonly first present in young adults. They can also present later in life. The symptoms of UC may come and go over time. Although UC symptoms may seem to appear suddenly, they usually have been present for weeks or months.

A return of UC symptoms is commonly called a UC “flare” or a UC “flare-up.” A flare could come on gradually or show up suddenly. During a UC flare, you may experience periods of increased symptoms.

The amount of time your UC flares last and the intensity of your symptoms can vary greatly. You may also hear your doctor say that your UC is “active” when you are having symptoms. These terms are all commonly used when talking about UC, so you should feel comfortable using them when speaking with your doctor, pharmacist, or anyone else who knows about your UC.

Learn how your doctor may diagnose UC

This resource can help track your symptoms and treatment.
Track your Ulcerative Colitis symptoms with this UC symptom tracker

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