Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic condition of the colon and rectum, in which inflammation occurs along with ulceration; according to conventional medicine it is incurable. Diagnosis is usually by means of colonoscopy and mucosal biopsy. Initial treatment for flare-ups is usually administration of steroids such as prednisolone.
The hallmark symptom is blood and mucus in the stools, along with abdominal pain, frequent bowel movements and diarrhoea. Patients may also experience;
No single test is sufficient to diagnose this condition, and sufferers are often put through an endless round of endoscopic, radiological and histological assessments, laboratory testing and bowel studies in order to come up with a definitive diagnosis. Diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that ulcerative colitis mimics several other conditions such as intestinal bacterial tuberculosis, endometriosis of the bowel, diverticulitis, lymphoma, and food allergy. Certain drugs like NSAID’s, sulphasalazine and gold salts can all cause inflammatory symptoms.