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Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.

IBS and a More Serious Diagnosis

By November 14, 2012

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A reader recently sent me an email entitled "Fabulous News!" The email stated, "I don't have IBS. I have been diagnosed with microscopic colitis after colonoscopy biopsy." I totally understand where this reader is coming from, but isn't it a strange state of affairs when people are happy to be diagnosed with a fairly serious health condition? To me, this is reflective of the frustration that IBS patients tend to feel about the vagueness of their diagnosis and the lack of effective symptom relief. Crazy as it sounds, for some people getting a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer seems preferable because these health problems are taken seriously and are perceived as treatable. Obviously, modern medicine has some work to do to better address the needs of the numerous people who are dealing with ongoing IBS.

What do you think? Would you think it was "fabulous news" to be diagnosed with a more serious health problem than IBS? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

In case you are wondering if colitis was missed by your doctor, Amber Tresca, About.com Guide to Inflammatory Bowel Disease has put together a very helpful chart on the subject:

For more on microscopic colitis, see:

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