Inflammatory Bowel Disease is commonly misdiagnosed because the symptoms can point toward other conditions. This is why it can take a while to get the correct diagnosis. The most common misdiagnosis for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Although the disorders share similar names, they couldn’t be more different.
What are IBD and IBS?
Inflammatory bowel disease,
, is an inflammatory disease of the intestines. There are two types: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These inflammatory diseases weaken the structure of the gastrointestinal tract, or GI. The damage they cause to the intestines can be dangerous.
is a chronic condition that mainly affects the lining of the colon, the area between the large intestine and rectum. The disease, which causes inflammation and sores, usually develops over time.
can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum and anus. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, fevers, fatigue, problems going to the bathroom, loss of appetite, and weight loss or gain. Because of the possible complications, Crohn's can be dangerous as well.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
stems from the improper functioning of the large intestine or colon. This causes abdominal cramping,