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What You Don’t Know About IBS Could Hurt You

What You Don’t Know About IBS Could Hurt You

IBS, IBD and Colon HealthWhen you’re having cramps, irregular bowel movements and other gastrointestinal woes, sometimes the cause is less important than just feeling better.  Knowing exactly what’s going on, though, may be the key to avoiding a repeat performance.

There’s a lot of information out now about Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. Formerly referred to as spastic colon, IBS happens when the digestive system is out of whack, and has symptoms like cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation.

IBS is no picnic, to be sure, but it does not cause inflammation, ulcers or other bowel damage. That’s in stark contrast to IBD, or inflammatory bowel diseases. These include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and they share many of the same symptoms as IBS. IBD can also be a precursor for colon cancer, so they need special attention.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if they’ve been going on for several days, contact your physician. He or she may want to see you to talk about what’s going on, run some tests, or even schedule a colonoscopy, to evaluate your colon health. If your discomfort is something major, like Crohn’s disease, then the sooner you find out the better you’ll be feeling.

posted on April 9, 2014 in news