Irritable Bowl Syndrome or Disease (IBS/IBD) may manifest itself differently in different people, but the presence of abdominal pain with a change in bowel habits is common for all sufferers. As a result, those with IBD/IBS have impaired digestion. The impairment may come from a variety of sources. Some possibilities are: food allergies, too many refined foods or low fiber diet. While each case is different, symptoms can be lessened for many sufferers when the remove the following items from their diets: gluten, dairy, sugar alcohols, caffeine, food preservatives, and in some cases, sugar. Limiting fat, especially animal fat has also proved helpful. Lastly, IBS suffers do better consuming soluble fiber rather than insoluble Fiber. Click here for a list of both types of fiber.
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We’ve included some letters below from customers who have found that many of our meals are helpful to them.
Your foods are great for people with IBS! You should mention that in your Other Illnesses section, especially since IBS is so common. Thanks for all the great food! When I go to the supermarket, Amy's is ALWAYS first on my list.
I recently discovered that I have IBS. While trying to figure out what I can eat and what I can't. I found Amy's. I just want to thank you for the great quality of your products! It is wonderful to be able to have great-tasting food and be FINALLY PAIN-FREE!
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They have similar symptoms - how do we tell them apart?
Many intestinal disorders have similar symptoms, which can impede the diagnostic process. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (which includes both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and is collectively known as IBD) in particular have several symptoms in common.
IBS is often confused with ulcerative colitis or colitis, but there are differences. IBS is a syndrome, not a disease, and it will not lead to colon cancer nor does it cause intestinal bleeding. Ulcerative colitis, however, is a disease, can put patients at risk for colon cancer, and bleeding is a common symptom.
The differences between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease can also be difficult to ascertain just from a patient's symptoms - a colonoscopy or other tests may be necessary.
Ulcerative colitis affects only the inner lining of the colon while Crohn's disease can inflame all the layers of the intestinal wall. Crohn's disease can involve any organ in the digestive tract while ulcerative colitis only affects the colon and rectum.
A proper diagnosis can be critical when considering a treatment plan. Even though they are categorized together as forms of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease have very different treatments. Therapy and medications for IBS vary hugely from those for ulcerative colitis. An incorrect diagnosis and treatment plan can not only be ineffective but in some cases also be dangerous.