Medical Author: Dr. Dennis Lee
Medical Editor: Dr. Jay W. Marks
Viewer Question: I was tested and told I have microscopic colitis, it seems that i have constant dull pain at bottom rib cage, also my joints all over my body are always stiff sore, could the stiff sore joints, shoulders, hips etc, have anything to do with the microscopic colitis?
Doctor's Response: The primary symptom of microscopic colitis is chronic, watery diarrhea . Patients with microscopic colitis can have diarrhea for months or years before the diagnosis is made. The chronic diarrhea of microscopic colitis is different from the acute diarrhea of infectious colitis which typically lasts only days to one week. Some patients with microscopic colitis also report mild abdominal cramps or pain. Blood in the stool is unusual.