What You Need to Know
Inflammation is your immune system’s normal reaction to protect your body from bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful substances. However, for people with UC, the immune system is mistakenly triggered to attack the inner lining of the large intestine. This results in excess inflammation, leading to the symptoms of UC.
Although it isn’t known for sure what triggers the excess inflammation, too much of the protein TNF alpha may be to blame. Your body’s immune system naturally produces TNF alpha, but if you have UC, your body may be producing too much of it.
Because UC is a chronic disease, symptoms can change or get worse over time. Many people go through periods when they experience few or no symptoms, known as remission, as well as periods of flare-ups when they experience frequent and/or more intense symptoms.
If you’re still experiencing symptoms, even while being treated for UC, it could be a sign that your symptoms are not under control.
Experiencing uncontrolled symptoms could mean it’s time to consider a new treatment.
*A patient does not need to have all of these factors to be considered in a specific category of disease
Ulcerative colitis symptoms are considered moderate when you experience between 4-6 stools per day which include a moderate amount of blood. Severe UC is when you experience 6-10 per day with a severe amount of blood when passing.
– Sarah, a real UC patient using HUMIRA
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