U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can i tell the difference between lupus, ibs, and crohn's?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
IBD, IBS: These are three totally different conditions. Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, refers to ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, and indeterminate colitis) ibs refers to syndromes of abdominal pain, and irregular bowel habits that occurs in the absence of other diseease not found on routine evaluation.
Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 25 years experience
U can not: Symptoms can be similar. Hustory, exam, blood work, tests, enfodcopy etc. Can help narrow the diagnosis. Ibs is usually when nothing else matches.
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Tricky: Best bet is to see a rheumatologist first as this person deals with autoimmune disease all the time. They will do the proper work up and help direct you to a gastroenterologist if that is a necessary part of the work up.
Last updated Feb 9, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.