Another useful way to distinguish these disorders is the pattern of inflammation. During colonoscopy, while ulcerative colitis has continuous areas of chronic inflammation, and IBS shows no areas of chronic inflammation. A pattern of intermittent inflammation can therefore help in identifying Crohn's.
IBS is not an inflammatory bowel disease. It is characterized by a group of symptoms, including crampy abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. The symptoms can be confused with those of Crohn's and colitis because of their persistence, but IBS does not cause any chronic inflammatory changes. There are certain 'red flags' that differentiate a chronic disease like Crohn's from a group of symptoms like IBS. In addition to abdominal pain and diarrhea, people with Crohn's disease often have blood in their stool and experience what we call extra-intestinal symptoms, such as weight loss, fever, joint pain, and anemia. These are usually not seen in IBS." Doctors don't know the exact cause of IBS, but it is believed to reflect oversensitivity of the digestive system.
My hubby has Crohn's and I have IBS. What a pair we make.
Isn't this a great forum ????
Good luck with your colonscopy.