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Is This IBS? What Else Could It Be?

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Updated July 10, 2014

Is This IBS? What Else Could It Be?
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Question: Is This IBS? What Else Could It Be?

Answer:

If you are experiencing unpleasant digestive symptoms, you might be wondering if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or some other medical problem. Several other digestive disorders do share some of the same symptoms as IBS. Here are the symptoms of IBS:

Because other health problems share some of the same symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Keep in mind that it is possible (although certainly unfair!) to suffer from more than one health condition at a time.

What Is IBS?

IBS is a digestive disorder in which a person experiences bouts of abdominal pain and a significant and chronic change in the frequency and appearance of their bowel movements. IBS is diagnosed when specific criteria known as the Rome III criteria for IBS are met. The following articles will help you to get a better understanding of whether or not you have IBS:

Other Digestive Health Problems

The following disorders are some other possibilities as to what might be causing your symptoms:

 

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a condition in which eating foods that contain gluten results in a problematic autoimmune response. These articles will provide you with basic facts about celiac disease:

Colon Cancer

IBS patients frequently worry that they might have colon cancer and that they have been misdiagnosed. In order to put this worry to rest, you should talk to your doctor about your concerns and educate yourself about the symptoms of colon cancer by reading the following articles.

Food Allergy

A food allergy is when your body’s immune system responds to certain chemicals in particular foods by releasing allergic antibodies. The following articles can help you to determine if you should speak with your doctor about the possibility of a food allergy.

Food Intolerance

A food intolerance differs from a food allergy in that the problem occurs at the level of the digestive system as opposed to an immune system response. These articles provide an overview of some food intolerance that have been associated with IBS.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a general term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms may be similar to IBS, but may also include bloody diarrhea, weight loss and fevers. Both conditions differ from IBS in that visible signs of inflammation are seen in the digestive tract during a colonoscopy.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.

 

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