Honestly, I've never worried about
it too much. Not sure why, I guess I just always tell myself it's just the inflammation/ulcers.
"Toxic megacolon occurs when the colon swells to many times its normal size. It is most commonly caused by severe inflammation and ulceration from ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, which weaken muscles in the colon.
Over time, holes (perforations) may develop in the colon, and stool may spill into the abdominal cavity, causing a serious infection.
Toxic megacolon is an emergency situation requiring immediate medical and surgical treatment. If it is not treated, death may occur.
Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
There may be signs of septic shock. A physical examination reveals abdominal tenderness and possible loss of bowel sounds. An abdominal radiography shows colonic dilation. There is usually an elevated white blood cell count. Severe sepsis may present with hypothermia or leuk
I've had all those symptoms before but after going to the bathroom then I feel better but I think if the symptoms ever persisted for a while I would definitely go to the ER.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; oste
openia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use. Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)