In some respects, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) are easy conditions to confuse. On top of having similar sounding names, the two have many similar symptoms – sufferers may experience abdominal pain, cramps, constipation and diarrhoea as well as feeling generally unwell.
That said, the conditions are quite distinct, with different causes and different treatments. This means if you’re experiencing bowel problems, it’s important to see a medical professional who can give you a definitive diagnosis.
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