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.
No. Ibs is purely a functional disorder without any antomic or pathologic cause. Where as ibd involves dis regulated inflammation of the GI tract with associated symptoms.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes. If fifteen percent of the population has ibs. Then 15 percent of crohns patients may have ibs. How can one distinguish between crohns and ibs. Ibs should not lead to blood in the stool, fevers or nocturnal wakening due to pain or weight loss. Read more...
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...

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...

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

I wouldn't try to. self - diagnose these conditions. Medical assessment (often by gastroenterologist) should lead to accurate diagnosis. Take care. Read more...
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...