What's the difference between spastic colon, functional bowel disease, mucous colitis and IBS. How I can now that I am suffering from them?!
Essentially the same. The terms have often been used synonymously. However, a coating of mucus (a colon lubricant) when present in large volume may signal not only problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), but also partial obstruction, infection, ; even sloughed colon lining due to a variety of diseases. It's critical to distinguish ibs from inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn's, ulcerative colitis...).