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Glancing At Two Gastrointestinal Disorders

Posted by terrepruitt on November 7, 2013

As you know I am a Nia teacher not a doctor nor a medical professional, but I would like to share some things with you because it seems the situation is becoming more and more prevalent in the population.  I thought I would point out a few things so we can learn the difference and try to keep it straight.  I am talking about gut problems.  Stomach, intestines, and colon issues.  I talk to more and more people who are having issues.  You might even be aware of the fact that my cat has an issue.  Now, I am not going to get into what might be the cause of the issues because that is very complex and I think it relates to the individual.  Plus you probably already know that I believe much of our food “stuff” is partially responsible for ALL of our health issues.  This post though is just to help shed some light on the terms and letters you might be hearing.  Specifically, IBS and IBD!  What do those letters stand for:  IBS is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  They are not the same thing.  And I don’t think you want one over the other.  They are just something no one wants.

Keep in mind I am just sharing what I have gleaned off the internet, so yes, the information could be faulty, but you might agree it makes sense.  Also, keep in mind that this post, nor anything you read on the internet–including my blog–should not be used to diagnose a situation.  Go to a medical professional for that.  This article just might help you learn somethings that will allow you to ask the right questions or perhaps point you in the right direction to get a diagnosis (from a professional) and work on the treatment you need.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome/IBS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease/IBD are gastrointestinal disorders.  The symptoms might present the same, but they are not the same . . . although some people think that you can have IBS if you have IBD.  With IBS the doctor might not see anything wrong.  The bowels appear normal, but they are not functioning normal and more than likely are causing pain and discomfort.  With IBD, the intestines do not appear normal they are inflamed and do not function as they should.  With IBD the entire digestive tract could be affected by inflammation.

IBS is considered a “functional disorder”, things look fine, but don’t operate fine.  With IBD there is damage and the damage keeps the body from absorbing the necessary nutrients.  A little like a gluten intolerance might cause pain and discomfort and Celiacs Disease keeps the body from getting what it needs from food.  IBD is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system is on overdrive and ends up doing damage to the very thing (the body) it is supposed to protect.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s website states researchers are leaning away from the idea that stress CAUSES IBS, they now believe it has to do with a “disturbance in the way the brain and the gut interact”.  They think the nerve endings in the gut are overly sensitive and the controlling nerves are over active.

The cause of IBD is unknown.

Both disorders have digestive issues associated with them, and both can also have additional health issues arise in connection with the disorder.  There you have it, a really quick glance at the main difference between Irritable Bowel Syndrome/IBS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease/IBD.  Both have similar symptoms, but IBS does not have inflammation and show signs of damage, whereas the digestive tract with IBD is does.

What do you have to share about IBS/IBD?

2 Responses to “Glancing At Two Gastrointestinal Disorders”

  1. Betty said

    Well, Terre I will share this. I have been diagnosed with IBS. Thankfully I have minimal problems with it most of the time. But I definitely have flare ups and I truly believe it is aggravated by stress. For me, not by long term stress but more often by acute anxiety. My gastroenterologist told me they don’t feel diet has an effect, if you eat you will have it if you are prone to it. Again, for me, I believe diet does make a difference. Finally I will share that it is really painful at times though again my case is mild. It’s also very inconvenient and occasionally causes me to be late for appointments or social events, sometimes causes me to not take part in things I have planned.

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    • Hello Betty,

      🙂 I think that if you believe stress and diet affect your body you will have a better time managing it.

      I am continually amazed at medical professionals that refuse to acknowledge that what we put in our bodies affects our bodies . . . . sigh . . . .

      Thank you so much for sharing. I know a little bit from friends and family that whether you have been diagnosed with IBS or IBD there is pain and discomfort and YES, it affects your life. As you say it can make you late or cause you to not be able to participate at all. And as I briefly mentioned in the post, the issues are not just digestive. It could be another issue that keeps you from doing what you want to do . . . could be severe joint pain, fatigue, headache . . . a multitude of OTHER things that result from the digestive disorder. (Which — to me — is a GLARING NEON sign that it is all connected, but . . . some medical professionals just don’t see it that way!) So, I don’t know firsthand, but I am learning from others.

      Thank you again for sharing!

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