Differences between IBD and IBS:

What are the Differences between IBD and IBS?

Lets start this off by stating that I am in no way trying to put down or disvalue what people with IBS go through day in and day out! I’m sure IBS is also a very difficult thing to live with. However, there is a strong misconception within the general pubic that IBD and IBS are the same thing, this just simply is NOT THE CASE.

The names themselves can be misleading…

IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBSIrritable Bowel Syndrome

You see both IBD & IBS start with the letters “IB”  Also, they both do involve the word “BOWEL”, All this for some people can be very confusing and mislead them into believing that IBD and IBS are the same thing, Which could not be farther from the truth!

I have created a simple Chart to visually show the differences and similarities;


If i have missed any Symptoms in either IBD or IBS feel free to list them in the comment section.

Now, As you see there are a few similarities between the two, However, Majority of those similarities involve bathroom issues. Those with IBS do not suffer with inflammation where as IBD sufferers do, Inflammation which not only effects the bowels but most of the body everything from eyes to joints. Also with IBD you get Structural Change’s in digestive track. Most people with IBD will require surgeries where as IBS suffers (generally speaking) do not.
IBD with all its complications is fatal, IBS is not.
Therefor, IBD is clearly more dangerous and life altering. IBS can be treated with a life style change where as IBD can not. Dietary changes may help with IBD symptoms for some but for others it could do very little to nothing at all & will by no means cure you of IBD.

IBD and IBS both effect your quality of life & Both need more research done so we can know the causes and one day possible find the cures!

I created this simple photo for you to share along with the IBD/IBS comparison chart to give a quick explains for what IBD is.
I encourage you to share both photos, just right click on the photos, click save then share away!!
Please, if you do share the photos insert a link to my blog! 

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About MerandaRoben

I am a Freelance Photographer... You can contact me by sending me a message on facebook or by email at meranda-roben@live.ca Or call the number on the business card. The best ways to contact me is by calling the number on the business card or sending me a message on facebook. I enjoying doing all kinds of photography but i would have to say street photography is my favourite. I like to photograph events and work in event and family portrait photography, if you would like me to photograph your event or do some family portraits just send me a message or give me a call . I also enjoy writing and i'm going to be working more on my journalism skills. I want to become either a photographic journalist or a documentary photographers. Feel free to check out all my photos and give me feed back. I have been living with Crohn's disease since my diagnosis in April 2012. Through my work I want to be able to bring light to Crohn’s disease and show other’s that it is very possible to live a full happy healthy successful life even with the ups and down’s of this life long disease. I plan to start writing a Monthly blog on my rise to become a professional photographer it will be in titled “Rise to Pro: One Snapshot at a time” That will hopefully begin July 22 2013. By Now most if not all of you are aware that I have a form of IBD. I have one of the two most common forms of IBD, Crohn’s disease. I have recently decided to become an IBD activist in the form of a writing blog and I guess a “in person educator” if you would. I will be discussing everything that goes into my IBD life with this blog and when I say everything I mean EVERYTHING, All the detail of which some would be to embarrassed/scared to discuss in a public form I will write about in hopes that through this I will inspire others With IBD to be more open with them selves and be confident in who they are. It is entitled “My IBD Life.
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14 Responses to Differences between IBD and IBS:

  1. This is great! Well done and well written 🙂


  2. KittyHere says:

    Excellent educational post.


  3. Very interesting article,

    You should research if our sit down toilet’s may be the cause, Why because its the wrong way to empty our bowels,
    Try to find some stats of ibd\ibs and compare them with another country where they dont use sit down toilets, such as france or china or japan,



    • MerandaRoben says:

      The “sit down toilet cause” idea is irrational, IBD is a inflammatory auto immune disease it has nothing to do with how we sit , it likely has something to do with environmental causes. IBD is more common in developed countries, urban areas, and colder climates


  4. Kristie says:

    Reblogged this on Dear Crohn's, I Hate Your Guts and commented:
    IBD and IBS are NOT the same thing.


  5. I love this comparison. Do you mind if I use the chart for a support group I am hosting?


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