Crohns, IBS, allergy?

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   Posted 12/9/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I was if there is a way to tell the different between IBS or crohns by food or pain scale.
My symptons include dull pain above or below belly button scale of 4 assuming 10 highest, bloating, irritated or confuse, mouth rash and constipated along with rectum pain after eating that last hours. Food consume are soft cook food. No fruit, wheat or dairy. If I am on a strict diet, I feel better and tolerate more food later.
I do test positive in IBD Serolgy 7 for crohns.  Wonder if this is accurate.

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   Posted 12/9/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It can be tough to tell the difference between IBS and Crohn's because the symptoms often overlap. Generally, the definitive proof that it's Crohn's (or in any rate some form of inflammatory bowel disease rather than IBS) comes from a colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy, where the doctor can look for inflamed tissues and take biopsies (tissue samples) to see if there's microscopic evidence of the disease. The IBD Serology 7 results are suggestive of Crohn's, but are not considered definitive proof on their own. The mouth rash (if you mean little ulcers on the gums or on your tongue) is not typical of IBS but is typical of IBD. Food allergy is an unlikely cause of your symptoms, because true food allergies are acute in nature (severe and often life-threatening symptoms). Hope this helps a little.

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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you have pain and symptons without eating since you gut always inflame. And also how long does the pain last? Does mouth ulcer trigger very often or only after you eat. Does anyone have blood blister ?

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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
If you get treatment, your gut shouldn't always be inflamed. I get mouth ulcers at times, and it never seems related to what I eat. I have IBS and Crohn's. It's hard to identify the difference sometimes, but when I'm not anemic or in severe pain, then I attribute more of my daily whiny symptoms as IBS. Hope this helps!
51 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics

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