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Thrive Carolinas / Posts tagged "IBS"


IBD vs IBS Despite many people suffering from either IBD or IBS, there is some confusion between the two. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is the less severe of the two conditions, affecting the mainly the colon or rectum. It is non-life-threatening and does not increase one's risk of other more serious conditions such as colitis, Crohn's disease, or colon cancer. It is important to note that bleeding or black stool is not a symptom of IBS. Irritable bowel disease, IBD, is generally considered to be more severe and refers to a variety of bowel-related diseases including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and others. ​IBD Diseases​ Crohn's disease Ulcerative colitis Enteritis Ileitis Proctitis Crohn's Disease ​Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation of the bowel that can even cause ulceration. Crohn's...

What is IBS?

What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome, more commonly known as IBS, is an illness that gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but it's not something that is well understood. IBS affects the large intestine and, while fairly common, does not always present with significant symptoms. This, combined with the fact that symptoms can often be managed with changes in diet, lifestyle, and stress, is good news for the 10%-15% of the global population that suffers from the disease. IBS Symptoms​ Abdominal pain/cramping/bloating that is typically relieved with a bowel movement Increased gas passing Alternating constipation and diarrhea Mucusy stool Luckily, while these symptoms are obviously never fun, having IBS does not affect the tissue of the bowel or increase one's risk for colon cancer.​ Diagnosing IBS While there is...