IBD versus IBS
Is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) the same thing as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
No. Inflammatory bowel disease, including UC and CD, is different from
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unlike IBD, IBS does not cause inflammation,
ulcers or other damage to the bowel. Instead, IBS is a much less serious
problem called a functional disorder. This means that the digestive system
looks normal but doesn't work as it should. Symptoms of IBS may include crampy
pain, bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, diarrhea and constipation. IBS has
also been called spastic colon or spastic bowel.