Irritable bowel syndrome is a very serious condition in which you may feel like going to the washroom again and again and has constant pain in the stomach which cannot be described or let go of. Even though IBS is a pretty common disease yet there are a lot of chances of mistaking the symptoms of other stomach diseases for IBS. Only a professional will be able to determine the right cause of your symptoms, but it’s good to have an idea of what might be happening:
- Ulcerative colitis
This is also known as IBD short for inflammatory bowel disease in which inflammation is found in colon. This disease is linked to the weak immune system in which body is not able to defend itself against germs. Even though the correct cause is not determined yet doctors still suggest surgery and regular medication.
- Microscopic colitis
If you have been suffering from watery diarrhea and belly pain then you must be thinking that it is IBS when in reality your doctor would tell you that you are suffering from inflamed colon. This is not a very serious condition and often you get away with it without any medication or surgery. If it doesn’t then doctors may suggest you a vegan diet plan to make sure that you are on the right track.
- Lactose intolerance
You must have heard about this disease in the passing and even though it isn’t very harmful still you could feel uncomfortable. Lactose intolerance refers to your body’s intolerance to the lactose (sugar) in the milk or any such dairy product. The symptoms which you may face would start 30 minutes to 2 hours after the intake of milk and other dairy products which will make you feel nauseous and severe diarrhea. You can have calcium substitutes to make sure that the level of calcium in your body is maintained.
There could be so many other things wrong with your body. Also, don’t think that if you are already diagnosed with IBS you can’t have above mentioned diseases. You could still be suffering from lactose intolerance but wouldn’t know due to mixed up symptoms this is why you should never try self diagnosing such serious diseases and instead directly go to the professional. Don’t worry as there’s a cure for everything when recognized early on.