Since many of the symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) can closely mimic those of Ulcerative Colitis (or Colitis) it therefore may be necessary to have further testing done in order to diagnose the true cause of chronic symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms that affect both IBS suffers as well as those who suffer from Colitis include (but are not limited to) chronic diarrhea, constipation, pain in the abdomen (or cramping), bloody stools and bloat. The most effective way to differentiate and thus diagnose whether or not it is IBS or Colitis that one may be suffering from is to have biopsies of the colon taken, as well as a colonoscopy performed. Where a colonoscopy will clearly show visible signs of ulcers in the intestines, which are a result of Colitis.
Irritable bowel syndrome is most often diagnosed solely on the individual’s symptoms. Where specific questions will be asked in order to rule out other possibilities, such as Colitis or Colon Cancer.
IBS is a common condition that affects fifty eight (58) million individuals nationwide. Upon diagnosis, doctors generally do not prescribe medication, as there is no known treatment for the actual condition, but rather on treatment for management of the symptoms (i.e. controlling gas, bloat and diarrhea).
The treatment for Colitis, generally speaking, depends on the severity of the case. Where some individuals will be treated by managing symptoms and making changes in diet. However, in more complex or severe scenarios the individual suffering may need to undergo surgery or routinely take oral medications.
For those that suffer from Colitis of which is in remission, some doctors may instruct the individual to continue (or to begin) taking medications that will keep the disease in remission. According to experts, with Colitis it is easier to treat by intentionally forcing the disease into remission than to treat a flare up upon occurrence.For more information about IBS or Colitis, be sure to contact Good Gut Solution.