Posted 1/22/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)
I agree with what Damo said as well. Where your UC is doesn't necessarily mean it's less severe or more severe than in another place. Same goes for Crohn's vs UC - one isn't necessarily worse than the other, except that Crohn's can hit anywhere in the GI tract and UC is only in the colon. Same thing for IBS vs IBD - a severe case of IBS can cripple people more than a very mild case of IBD.
No matter what type of UC you have, inflammation always (nearly always) starts in the rectum and progresses upward. So, during one flare I could have pancolitis and during another flare, if I catch it quickly enough, the inflammation may not spread the entire way up.