IBS and IBD are not the same!!

Many people believe that IBS is just like IBD. It is not!  Instead of writing an essay about the differences I found the below picture, from http://www.discountmedicalsupplies.com/ that explains how both conditions are different.

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One thought on “IBS and IBD are not the same!!

  1. My entire digestive system, from mouth to the other end is pretty much paralyzed. I’ve been told before by a GI doctor that it’s really hard to give the diagnosis of IBS or IBD in my situation because I get colitis all the time. I’ve had ischemic colitis and was bleeding internally and immediately hospitalized. I have symptoms from both lists, almost all of them. sigh…………….isn’t it great? Like you said, we gotta make light of it! It’s better than the alternative. I’m a very complicated, complex patient, so I’m told. I wish I could send you a pic of my abdomen from just a little over a week ago. Clearly something so not right going on. I just don’t really want to put it on WP for the whole world to see. I’d hate for everyone to see all those stretch marks from giving birth 4 times and all the scars. If you have an email address that you don’t mind sharing I could attempt to send it to you. I’ve been sending it by text. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your email address, totally understandable. Considering you go through a lot of what I go through on a daily basis, it would be interesting to see what you think. I went to the ER and after doing several unpleasant things to me, just said, “I don’t know” and sent me home, even though I told them that I cannot eat, I cannot drink, I am not tolerating the tube feedings at this time, and of course, I can’t go to the bathroom. The picture is AFTER the ER gave me 3 something or other molasses enema’s that did absolutely NOTHING and sent me on my way. Oh, and I was also told that I was severely dehydrated. I came home and took 8 Tbsp. of Milk of Magnesia. When I went to the ER I was so distended that the jeans I had on, normally would fall down without a belt and I can pull them up and down without unbuttoning or unzipping them, were cutting into me, so tight. After my M.O.M. I spent all night running back and forth to the bathroom, at least 25+ times. I was then only distended in my upper abdomen, just above the feeding tube and across. I texted it to my GI doctor, and don’t get me wrong because he is the best. I am seriously a very complicated case. He had no idea what to do with me because they did a CT scan and I’m scoped all the time. EGD’s more often than colonoscopies. When the CT scan shows nothing it’s very frustrating because you can look at me a know something is so not right. I’m getting the feeding tube replace on the 31st of March. Why the wait? I have a specific feeding tube that my doctor prefers for me and it has to be ordered. They don’t keep this kind in stock. Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book, but I’ve not found too many people here that are so open about this topic. Thanks for listening. let me know if you’d like to see the picture because everyone that’s seen it says, “OMG!” I just have to be patient and wait for the new feeding tube and hope that that is the problem. Peace out! You’re probably sick of hearing from me already. Peace out. 🙂


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