Inflammatory bowel disease

20 things you’ll only know if you have Inflammatory bowel disease

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe the diseases Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

While both diseases affect a sufferer differently, many symptoms can be very similar.

Here are 20 things you’ll only know if you have IBD.

1. People tend to confuse it with IBS

Inflammatory bowel disease and Irritable bowel syndrome are two completely different things. IBD is a term used to describe Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

IBS is a long term condition affecting your digestive system.

If you’re a sufferer of IBD you’ll know what it’s like when people confuse your IBD with IBS – IBS isn’t glamorous either but it’s not the same.

IBD is an incurable illness, IBS is a condition which is non life threatening.

2. Talking about poo becomes normal

You become comfortable talking about your toilet habits. It’s not uncomfortable, it’s just everyday life for us. There is no taboo talking about your bowel movements when you suffer from IBD. It’s just normality.

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