Common Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Understanding UC symptoms is an important part of remission efforts.

Common Symptoms

Abdominal Discomfort

Among the list of commonly experienced symptoms, UC sufferers may notice cramps and/or pain in the abdomen area. This uncomfortable symptom can occur when a bowel movement is needed or immediately following defecation. In some cases, the cramping and pain may only be related to inflammation.


Another common symptom of UC is diarrhea and loose stools. It is also likely that diarrhea will have pus or blood in it. The bouts of diarrhea may be accompanied by a persistent sense of urgency, even when the colon is empty.

A sense of urgency may also be present immediately after a bowel movement. As a result of inflammation within the digestive tract lining, you may experience a need to defecate without actually needing to go.