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Doctor insights on: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Vs Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Which is worse==crohns or ulcerative or irritable bowel disease?

Which is worse==crohns or ulcerative or irritable bowel disease?

It depends.: It depends on which one of these you have, and how extreme an example it is. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis increase a person's risk for cancer in the intestine and colon respectively. But all 3 may need diet changes, suppportive therapy, pain killers, and other therapy for control, and all 3 can be very debilitative, and sensitive to and cause stress. So it depends on your own situation also. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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Are irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

Are irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No: Irritable bowel is physiologic and inflammatory bowel disease is pathologic. The former can make life un-enjoyable, the latter can be life threatening.The two terms are not interchangeable. Differentiating the two is critical to proper medical management. ...Read more

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Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

Proper diet and flui: Eat consistently every day both in time and types/quantity of foods, modest amount of fiber in diet, and drinking 80-100 ounces non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease be the same thing?

Usually no: Irritable bowel is mainly a functional disorder, whereas inflammatory bowel disease is crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. These are conditions where the actual cells are affected. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

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Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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Is irritable bowel syndrome associated with infertility?

Is irritable bowel syndrome associated with infertility?

Yes: Like any chronic stress condition, ibs can affect ovulation fertility. Ibs rarely is associated with scar tissue and damage to fallopian tubes and uterus. Pregnancy is easiest to achieve when the illness is quiescent. A careful review of diet and nutrition is a good idea with ibs. ...Read more

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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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Are irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No: Irritable bowel is physiologic and inflammatory bowel disease is pathologic. The former can make life un-enjoyable, the latter can be life threatening.The two terms are not interchangeable. Differentiating the two is critical to proper medical management. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease be the same thing?

Usually no: Irritable bowel is mainly a functional disorder, whereas inflammatory bowel disease is crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. These are conditions where the actual cells are affected. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No. Just similar: Sounding names. Ibs is a functional disorder that causes pain and motility problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Treatment is largely symptomatic. Ibd is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This is a much more serious condition when you get it, and treatment could require anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and surgery. ...Read more

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How will irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) differ from ibd?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the differences in symptoms between irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease?

Can you please describe the differences in symptoms between irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease?

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 diseases that have similar symptoms). Consult with your doctor to determine if a celiac work-up might be appropriate if has not all ready been done. ...Read more

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I recently read a paper saying that irritable bowel syndrome can lead to diverticular disease, does anyone have an opinion one way or the other?

Different problems: They are two different things. Diverticular disease is made up of two conditions: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula, form in the colon. These pouches bulge out like weak spots in a tire. Diverticulitis occurs if the pouches become inflamed. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bow ...Read more

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

Visit your MD: There are tests they can run that will differentiate between the two. THere are MANY tests they can run, such as crohns antibody tests that are not usually elevated in IBS. There are Xray tests that can be perfomed, and basic blood work as well. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..

Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..

Not exactly...: Irritable bowel syndrome is persistent bowel distress in the ABSENCE of a known physiologic cause. If your Sjogren's is the cause of your GI symptoms then by definition it is NOT IBS. It is bowel symptoms due to Sjogren's. Certainly Sjogren's can make existing IBS worse. ...Read more

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How can I treat Irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome can be difficult to treat and different methods work for different patients. Start by increasing the amount of water and or fiber in your diet. In times of constipation, some people will have a positive effect from stool softeners such as sennosides, docusate and magnesium hydroxide. ...Read more

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How can I treat irritable bowel syndrome ?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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What should I do about irritable bowel syndrome?

What should I do about irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

Any symptoms: What symptoms do you have? How long did yo have them ? If not you donot have ibs. ...Read more

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What should I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome?

What should I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease is a catch all term for a spectrum of chronic inflammatory conditions of the entire GI tract that range from ulcerative colitis to indeterminate colitis to crohn's, s disease.. There is am autoimmune ...Read more


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A common disorder that affects the large intestine, resulting in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more