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A 29-year-old female asked:

I have abdominal bloating and loose stools everyday for over 4month; what are the differences between ibs and chronic colitis?

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Dr. Hiroshi Mashimo
Gastroenterology 34 years experience
See MD if chronic: many causes chronic diarrhea/bloat- many treatable/reversible so wud seek MD after discontinue milk/milk products, artificial sugar and sodas& caffeine for couple weeks as these are common culprits. red flags for urgent attention: blood, fever. weight loss, anemia. Pain relieved w BM is major distinction of IBS from chronic diarrhea, and "colitis" generally reserved for ulcerative colitis/Crohn's

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