If you have both Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it can be hard to tell which condition is causing what symptom. Understanding the differences can help you feel better faster.
Having Crohn’s disease — a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect different parts of the digestive tract — doesn’t make you immune to other gastrointestinal ills. In fact, some people with Crohn’s disease also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also called “spastic colon.” Here’s how to tell whether you have both conditions.
IBS Symptoms, Crohn’s Symptoms, or Both?
How can you tell if your diarrhea is a result of IBS or Crohn’s disease? It’s not always easy, says James Marion, MD, director of education and outreach for The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “The symptoms of Crohn’s disease and IBS are notoriously difficult to distinguish,” he says, “and this can be a source of serious confusion among patients and physicians, and can, on occasion, lead to misdiagnosis or misguided treatment.”
Diarrhea, abdominal pain, and urge to evacuate one’s bowels, or abdominal distension can be seen in both conditions, whereas “red flag symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting, fatigue, fever, or bleeding raise concern for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis,” Dr. Marion says.
Sometimes testing can provide a more definitive answer about the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms. “The critical difference in determining the cause of the symptoms, which can be accomplished with a thorough physical exam, blood and stool tests, imaging, and colonoscopy to confirm the presence or absence of inflammation or anatomic stricture seen with Crohn’s disease,” Marion says.
How Treatment for Crohn’s and IBS Differs
Although the symptoms can be similar, treatment for Crohn’s and IBS differ, which is why it’s important to know which condition your symptoms are related to, Marion explains. Treatment for Crohn’s disease depends on the severity of your symptoms. For example, sometimes you may need steroids to control a flare. Or you might need medication that targets the proteins involved in the inflammatory process of Crohn’s.
Treating IBS, however, is largely aimed at easing symptoms. If you have diarrhea, some over-the-counter medications may help. Diet also plays a role in treating and preventing an IBS flare, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
Recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology include consuming soluble fiber (such as psyllium) to relieve IBS symptoms. Probiotics may also ease the bloating and flatulence associated with IBS, the group says.
By contrast, there’s no specific nutrition plan for Crohn’s disease, but eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help your immune system function better, which is beneficial to Crohn’s. In addition, you may notice that certain foods, known as “triggers,” worsen your symptoms. Avoid these triggers, and see if you feel better.
If you’re experiencing digestive symptoms you didn’t have before, or if your existing symptoms aren’t getting better, make an appointment with your doctor. By understanding, if Crohn’s or IBS is behind your discomfort, you can take the steps you need to treat it.
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Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.
Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.
It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.
Mullein is used to help clear congestion and phlegm. Plantain eases sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. It protects and strengthens the lining of the throat and lungs. Cinnamon is included for its mild antiseptic properties. Ginseng will help your body cope with stress and at the same time it will support immune function helping you to stay well. Aniseed helps clear mucus from the airways, and adds the flavour to the mix. Liquorice will help to reduce dryness and has an anti-spasmodic effect helping to ease a cough.
Last year I had amazing feedback from people all around the country. Many of you also told your friends and family about how effective it was. I would say that approx. 8 out of 10 people who tried it got relief from a stubborn cough. So I’m happy to remind you of it so you can see if it can help you too. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re on medication.
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