IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME VERSUS
CROHN'S DISEASE & INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)
This is an extract
from a new book entitled:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome &
the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connnection, by William B. Salt II, MD
I have seen many patients do very well with inflammatory
bowel disease (IBD),
ulcerative colitis & crohn's disease once they
changed their lifestyle.
Natural Health, Natural Medicine
- ANDREW WEIL, M.D.
It is essential to understand the difference between irritable bowel syndrome
and ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and crohn's disease
because they are different disorders and may require different treatments.
There is no inflammation of the gut or colon with irritable bowel syndrome,
but there is with ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
and crohn's disease.
The term "spastic colitis," sometimes used to refer to irritable bowel
syndrome, is inaccurate and has caused a great deal of confusion. The medical
word "colitis" actually means that the inner lining of the colon is inflamed
and/or ulcerated; however, the colon is not inflamed or ulcerated in irritable
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD),
ULCERATIVE COLITIS & CROHN'S DISEASE
The colitis conditions associated with inflammation are called Inflammatory
Bowel Diseases, or IBD. Approximately one million Americans are afflicted
with them. The cause is not known. Treatments can include some strong medications
like antibiotics, corticosteroids (like prednisone), and immunosuppressive
drugs like 6-mercaptopurine and azathioprine. Surgery may be necessary.
These drugs and surgery are never necessary to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
TWO FORMS OF COLITIS OR INFLAMMATORY
BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)
There are two forms of colitis/inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - each
with a classical triad of symptoms:
MANY PEOPLE WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS,
CROHN'S DISEASE & INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD) ALSO HAVE IRRITABLE
BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Since many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative
colitis, and Crohn's disease also have IBS, they can benefit from the advice
and treatment offered in IBS
& the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connnection.