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What are some overlapping warning signs of irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Since irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are both chronic conditions that affect the gut, they have some overlapping warning signs, including belly pain and diarrhea. In addition, they both tend to be diagnosed in young people.

IBS can also cause constipation, extra gas, nausea, or the urgent need to have a bowel movement.

From: IBD vs. IBS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

GI Society, Canadian Society of Intestinal Research “IBS vs. IBD: What’s the Difference?”

Bradesi, S. , 2003. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

Medscape: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “IBD & IBS Q&A.”

Rome Foundation: “Rome III Diagnostic Criteria for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”

Mayo Clinic: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Monash University: “The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

American Cancer Society: “Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors.”

UpToDate: “Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 13, 2016

SOURCES:

GI Society, Canadian Society of Intestinal Research “IBS vs. IBD: What’s the Difference?”

Bradesi, S. , 2003. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

Medscape: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “IBD & IBS Q&A.”

Rome Foundation: “Rome III Diagnostic Criteria for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders”

Mayo Clinic: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Monash University: “The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

American Cancer Society: “Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors.”

UpToDate: “Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 13, 2016

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