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What is the difference between colitis and ibs? Are they the same?

What is the difference between colitis and ibs? Are they the same?

Depends: Do you mean ibs to be irritable bowel syndrome? That is a condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation. May be malfunction of the muscle wall of the intestine. Colitis is an actual inflammatory process of the wall or lining of the colon with diarrhea, fevers, colon ulcers & bleeding. Can be from infection or other inflammation. Needs medication to treat. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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What is the difference between IBS and microscopic colitis?

Micro colitis vs IBS: Microscopic colitis refers to 2 med conditions causing diarrhea: collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis--conditions characterized by this triad of clinicopathological features: 1. Chronic watery diarrhea; 2. Normal colonoscopy; 3. Characteristic histopathology. Whereas in ibs diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. This diarrhea etiology is different from micro colit. ...Read more

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What's the difference between spastic colon , functional bowel disease , mucous colitis and IBS . How i can now that I am suffering from them ?!

What's the difference between spastic colon , functional bowel disease , mucous colitis and IBS . How i can now that I am suffering from them ?!

Gastroenterology: You want to know if you have spastic colon, mucus colitis etc. A gastroenterologist can evaluate your stool and if required may perform a study called colonoscopy. Any times the doctor can get a lot of answers by talking to you about your stool habits. ...Read more

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Does IBS turn into colitis?

Does IBS turn into colitis?

No: No. IBS is a functional disorder causing symptoms like pain and diarrhea in the absence of inflammation. Ulcerative colitis is an immune mediated inflammatory disease causing tissue destruction. IBS does not lead to colitis. ...Read more

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What are the signs of IBS or colitis?

Varies: Colitis may present with pain, cramping, blood or mucous in stool, even fever. Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) is a generic description of symptoms not attributed to any one isolated process. These symptoms can include irregularity, bloating , nausea, vague pains or cramps. I recommend my ibs patients (again, there's no true disease here) eat well, drink plenty of fluids, and eat yogurt. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get ulcerative colitis from IBS if so what's the likely hood of it happening?

Can you get ulcerative colitis from IBS if so what's the likely hood of it happening?

No: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a functional GI disorder, meaning symptoms are caused by changes in how the GI tract works. People with a functional GI disorder have frequent symptoms; however, the GI tract does not become damaged. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, in which the lining becomes inflamed and develop open sores, or ulcers, that produce pain. ...Read more

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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

First you: have to get the correct diagnosis. All of the above mentioned maladies are treated differently and have different prognoses. See a GI doctor or Colon and Rectal surgeon to properly evaluate and treat your problem ...Read more

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How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more