Inflammatory bowel disease vs irritable bowel disease
Let meintroduce you to Frank. Now, for most of the last year, Frank's digestive system, it's just not been feeling quite right. He's been having intermittent, although fairly frequent abdominal pain as well as irregular bowel movements. And at times he's not ableto have a bowel movement.
Then at other times he's beenhaving them very frequently. And he was telling a closefriend about these symptoms. And his friend said, you know, Frank, I was watching something on TV, and I heard about this condition. I'm not exactly sure,but I think it was called something like irritable bowel disease. And it sounds somewhat similarto what you're experiencing.
Perhaps you should go see a . So Frank goes to see his . And he says, you know,doc, I think I have IBD. And Frank's says, youknow, I'm sorry to hear that. Please tell me why youthink you may have IBD. And as he's relatingthese symptoms to her, she thinks to herself, youknow, I wonder if he means IBS instead of IBD.
And so his responds, Frank, you know, I'm concerned you may have a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, which is commonly referred to as IBS. And Frank says, isn't that IBDé And his replies,that's a common mistake. Unfortunately, there aretwo different conditions with very similar acronyms.
They are irritable bowel syndrome or IBS and inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. Let's learn about the differences between IBS and IBD. So let's start on the left here with irritable bowel syndrome or as it's more commonly referred to, IBS. But what exactly is a syndromeé
To help get a better idea,let's think about a car. Now, imagine that something is just not quite right with your car. So you take it into the auto shop. And you tell the mechanic, you know, there's this rattlingsound under the hood. And the car has poor acceleration, and the check engine light is on.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS causes and treatment
so, you've got irritable bowel syndromewhat do you do about it nowé well anti spasmodic tablets that your can prescribe will help but an awful lot of this is downto you. You can make an enormous difference to your symptoms, maybe not get rid of them completely but certainly learn to manage them The first thing to think about is the stressin your life. I know it's really difficult to address stress,especially if you're feeling unwell at the same time
but it's a vicious cycle. If you're morestressed you get more symptoms if you've got more symptoms you can get morestressed. Take a long hard look at how you might be able to cut back the stress in your life. Next,let's think about diet and actually that can have an impact on stress as well really importantly eat regular meals. Don'trush, don't eat them on the go sit down to eat them regularly and try toeat at a leisurely pace, that really can make a difference. Missingmeals
can also make a big difference so tryand make time regularly. In terms of what you're eating at those meals, that also is key, andthat slightly depends on what kind of IBS you've got if diarrhoea if your big issue, you may wantto avoid fibre, and certainly limit fibre. If constipation is your big issue, some forms of fibre may really be able to help, but whateveryour symptoms are you may find that limiting the amount of fruit thatyou eat to maybe two or three pieces
a day, and eating certain kinds of fruit and vegetables will make a bigdifference. For instance fibre, we tend to think of as wholemeal this, high grain that, actually there are two kinds of fibre. One of them iscalled soluble fibre, and the people who have constipation related IBS, soluble fiber may be really useful. Sofor instance substituting oats for wheat and highgrain
foods, can make a big difference. Oats are really high in soluble fibre. Whatever you do, don'tsprinkle bran on your cereal or eat a high bran cereal for breakfast that's insoluble fiber that can makethings worse. other sources of soluble fibre mightinclude strawberries aubergines, broccoli and so on if you're going to have fruit, you maywant to take the skin off it because a lot of fruit including thingslike plums and pears
have soluble fibre, but they haveinsoluble fibre on the skin. It's kind of turning the usualrules about fibre on its head but see what works for you. Do make sureyou drink plenty of fluids but that's nonalcoholic, nonfizzy fluids and you may want to reduce the amount ofcaffeine you eat drink some people are very sensitive tocaffeine that's not just in coffee but also in tea and chocolate, just be aware. You may find