Avoiding triggers, taking medication, and practicing stress-relieving activities may help reduce cramps.

Cramps are a common symptom of ulcerative colitis (UC), which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). They may result from inflammation or damage in your intestines. Sometimes, cramps accompany other UC symptoms like gas, constipation, or diarrhea.

These types of symptoms may get worse during a flare, when the condition is active. Certain foods, activities, or other lifestyle factors might trigger a flare.

Your doctor will prescribe medication for you to take regularly to reduce the frequency and severity of flares. But even then, you may still experience cramping and other UC symptoms.

Let your doctor know if you continue to experience frequent or severe symptoms. This could be a sign you’d benefit from making an adjustment to your treatment plan.

You can also try these steps to find relief from UC cramps.

UC can cause cramps and other uncomfortable symptoms, which may get worse during a flare. Certain foods, activities, and other lifestyle factors may trigger a flare.

But there are steps you can take to manage cramping and other UC symptoms. Talk with your doctor to learn more about treatments and lifestyle changes that may help you find relief. Also, let your doctor know if you’re experiencing frequent or severe cramps. They may adjust your treatment plan.