Can Colitis Cause Back Pain?

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A number of infections and other conditions can cause the rectum to become irritated and inflamed, but few of them cause lasting symptoms. Ulcerative colitis, however, is a lifelong condition that begins with rectal inflammation and can worsen to involve much or all of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis most often begins to cause symptoms between the ages of 15 and 40.

Research suggests that ulcerative colitis is genetic (inherited). The illness may begin with a breakdown in...

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