I usually post on the UC forum, but who can resist a comment on this topic?
I usually explain the difference nicely once. The second time, or if people don't pay attention the first time and keep nattering on, I smile very sweetly and say something like "Oh, but IBS causes cramping and irregularity. UC causes chronic bloody diarrhea."
Something about that phrase - bloody diarrhea - seems to back all sorts of meddlers off.
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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