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What is the difference between diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome

A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
More possibilities : For irritable bowel it will be unlikely for you to develop symptoms now or if you had them for a while, you would be able to recognize them by now. Ma... Read More
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Not IBS/Diverticuli: Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic condition meaning it's likely a permanent characteristic of your overall health. Diverticulitis is an acute infe... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Different: These are different conditions. Irritable bowel is a chronic condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation contr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Sometimes: People who carry the diagnosis of ibs are actually diverticular patients and have had an incorrect diagnosis. See a colorectal surgeon for evaluation ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
None: Irritable Bowel Syndrome does not cause diverticulosis.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Sematics: Both are pretty much the same entity. Both involve cramping, intolerance of some foods which may serve as trigger agents.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
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

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