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Everything to Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) vs. Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)


Problems with the bowel – any way you look at them, are not pleasant. However, while there are common health problems associated with the bowel that sound somewhat similar, there are some key differences.

In particular, we’re talking about irritable bowel syndrome (commonly known as IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which share some features but have different causes and symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at 13 key differences between the two…

1. Defining IBS

This is something doctors refer to as a “functional disease,” which means if a doctor looks at scans of your gut, they probably won’t be able to tell there’s anything wrong physically notes WebMD.

Instead, the patient will report a group of symptoms, which makes it a syndrome and not a disease – “tests won’t show any physical explanation for those problems,” says the source.

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