A 31-year-old member asked:
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how do i know if i have ibs or ibd?

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Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
You can't : They are the same thing.
Answered on Jul 24, 2012
Dr. Jyoti Ramakrishna
35 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Ask your doctor: Symptoms can be similar. Irritable bowel is due to hypersensitive gut, may act up in times of stress, and get better in between. Can usually be managed by diet and lifestyle changes. Inflammatory bowel disease is crohn's or colitis, there is inflammation and the bowel is sick requiring tests such as endoscopy to diagnose and medications to treat. A doctor can tell from symptoms if you need testing.
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Dr. Paul Harper commented
51 years experience General Surgery
You know, you are right. I didn't pay close enough attention to the question. They indeed are different diseases. Sorry about any misunderstanding!
Jul 26, 2012

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