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What is the difference between diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Different: These are different conditions. Irritable bowel is a chronic condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation contr ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
NO: Diverticulosis is the outpouching that occurs on the colon, usually the sigmoid, of first world people. Primarily due to a higher fat, lower fibre die ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Irritable bowel: In 3 decades of caring for kids I have never seen or heard of a case of diverticulitis. It is a disease of elder adults. I do see ibs in kids ocassion ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
None: Irritable Bowel Syndrome does not cause diverticulosis.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience Pediatrics
Possible: There is some evidence in medical literature that some type of Irritable bower syndrome, which has multiple names and variations, may predispose some ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Sematics: Both are pretty much the same entity. Both involve cramping, intolerance of some foods which may serve as trigger agents.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
IBS has no lesion: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Inc ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
19 years experience Pathology
Very similar: Symptoms of ibs and celiac's disease are very similar. The diagnosis of ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion (ie the doctor has ruled out any other diseas ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Not being pregnant: so, the pregnancy tests are quite good. Some breast symtoms are associated with pregnancy and are NOT associatd with IBS. relief after defecation is m ... Read More

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