Agree with "not creative" - while the physical symptoms may be the same (cramping, diarrhea, etc.) it is much "easier" (loose quotation marks there) on your body to have IBS because it doesn't have the long-term implications IBD does...inflammation, intestinal scarring, increased risk of colon cancer, likely surgeries. I wonder if anyone with IBS has ever had to have their colon removed...I'm guessing no.
**32 year old female; Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily), Prednisone (10 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Nexium (40 mg daily)
**Previous meds: Colazal (allergic); Flagyl (off and on for rectal inflammation); Rowasa (enemas only when needed); various pain meds (but luckily none lately); iron IV infusions (when hemoglobin gets low)
**Thankfully only two major flare-ups...2001 and 2009. Hoping to have another 8 years in between the next one (sadly, I do know there will be a next one).