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Is the Pain in Your Stomach an Indicator of Something Serious?

Is the Pain in Your Stomach an Indicator of Something Serious?

While stressful days can be overwhelming but they do more harm than just sweaty palms and angry outbursts. For some, it may flare up the symptoms of ulcerative colitis including abdominal pain and cramps. A type of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis leads to inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine. 

What are the early symptoms?
Excess weight loss, fatigue, fever, stomach cramps,anemia, swelling and ulcers are some of the common symptoms of ulcerative colitis. In most cases, the symptoms range from abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal pain and bleeding to joint pain, skin sores and even liver and kidney problems. If left untreated, ulcerative colitis can turn into lifelong health complications like malnutrition, osteoporosis and liver disease. 

What causes ulcerative colitis?
While the exact cause is unknown, stress and improper diet are considered as the aggravators that make the condition of ulcerative colitis worse. It is a malfunction of the immune system where the body starts fighting the cells of the digestive tract along with the harmful bacteria. 

What are the best ways to manage ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis can lead to major health complications, but timely diagnosis and treatment is the best way to relieve the discomfort. Along with this, a few lifestyle habits can be adopted for stress-free days thereby keeping the symptoms in controls. Here are three ways to manage ulcerative colitis better:

Keep a track of what you are eating
The first step is to eat right. Try having smaller portions and frequent meals. Add more protein-rich food, fruits, vegetables to your diet and avoid spicy food to prevent triggers of ulcerative colitis. Prefer having cooked meals for easy digestion. Along with this, chewing thoroughly while eating helps ward off any indigestion. 

Sleep better for a calmer day 
Disturbed sleep patterns have shown to be a major factor of psychological stress thereby aggravating the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. A good night’s sleep can not only help you relax but also reduces the chances of ulcerative colitis flare. Try sticking to a consistent sleep schedule and avoid screen-time before you go to bed for undisturbed sleep. 

Include at least 30 minutes of exercise
Research proves that moderate physical activity each day can reduce stress while improving a sense of well-being. Try including at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity like yoga, Zumba or stretching exercises that boosts mind-body wellness by inducing relaxation. Regular exercise not only relieves symptoms of ulcerative colitis but also enhances bone strength. Consult your doctor before shifting to high-strength exercises. 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2021-01-28

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