What is the difference between IBS and diverticulitis?


IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and diverticulitis are two different conditions that affect the digestive system. While they share some symptoms, they have different causes and treatments.

IBS is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine (colon). It is a functional disorder, which means that there are no structural abnormalities in the colon, but the way it works is disrupted. Symptoms of IBS can include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. The exact cause of IBS is not known, but it is thought to be related to problems with the way the brain and gut communicate with each other.

Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is a condition that occurs when small pouches (diverticula) in the colon become inflamed or infected. These pouches form when weak spots in the colon wall bulge outward. Symptoms of diverticulitis can include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and changes in bowel habits. The exact cause of diverticulitis is not clear, but it is thought to be related to a low-fiber diet, which can lead to constipation and increased pressure on the colon walls.

In summary, while IBS and diverticulitis can have similar symptoms, they have different causes and require different treatments. If you are experiencing any digestive symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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