Colitis is a digestive disease caused by a chronic or acute inflammation of the membrane lining of the colon or large intestine. There are several types of colitis that differ in severity of colon damage. These include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ischemic colitis, necrotizing colitis and fulminant colitis. In any form, colitis is a serious condition that can cause extreme pain and inflammation. In some cases, a lack of blood flow may occur and infections may arise, including those usually caused by food poisoning and bacterial viruses and parasites.
The symptoms may vary depending on the type of colitis you are experiencing. Signs may include abdominal pain and bloating, dehydration, chills, diarrhea, high fever, constant and extreme need to pass a bowel movement and the passing of bloody stools. More severe signs may also include difficulty urinating, severe rectal or abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. If a person you have shared food with begins to experience similar symptoms, this is also a bad sign.
To diagnose colitis, a physical exam is necessary to determine how long symptoms have persisted, the severity of pain, how often pain and symptoms occur and how long they last. A colonoscopy, which is performed by inserting a flexible tube into the rectum to study the different affected areas of the colon, will also usually be administered. If you have become debilitated because of colitis, you may wish to file for disability benefits from your Long Term Disability insurance company and/or Social Security. Call the office of Nick Ortiz at 850-898-9904 to get the professional assistance you need when filing your claim.