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A 47-year-old member asked:

i was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome last year and i have been coping, could i possibly have crohn's disease?

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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
You may need tests: Many symptoms of ibs and crohn's disease overlap, including diarrhea, abdominal pain. Most people with ibs do not have crohn's disease as well. However, because of the overlap, you will need a gastroenterologist to help sort this out for you and most likely will involve blood tests, stool tests, and likely a colonoscopy.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: If fifteen percent of the population has ibs. Then 15 percent of crohns patients may have ibs. How can one distinguish between crohns and ibs. Ibs should not lead to blood in the stool, fevers or nocturnal wakening due to pain or weight loss.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I need info about irritable bowel syndrome. Is the treatment different that for crohn's?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Not at all the same!: Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder- the bowel looks normal, but reacts to stimuli differently that the bowel of people without ibs. Crohn's disease is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases (ibd), in which the bowel's architecture is changed, and there are a number of risks, including that of intestinal cancer. Irritable bowel is often treated with fiber, fluid, and counseling.
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A female asked:

How do you know if it's Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Chron's Disease?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I wouldn't try to: self - diagnose these conditions. Medical assessment (often by gastroenterologist) should lead to accurate diagnosis. Take care.

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