What is the difference between IBD and IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often confused and wrongly self-diagnosed due to some similarities in the symptoms of both. They are, however, two very different conditions.
IBS affects 1 in every 5 people, and is a functional disorder that restricts the digestive system, causing stomach pain and discomfort. IBD, which affects 1 in every 250 people, is a more serious medical condition that causes chronic swelling of the intestines.