While both IBD and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affect the gastrointestinal or digestive tract, the two are very different conditions.
UC and CD are the two most common types of IBD, and are chronic diseases marked by inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. UC impacts the large intestine, which includes the colon and the rectum, while CD can impact any part of the digestive tract, and predominantly affects the ileum.
IBS is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not harm the intestines and does not lead to other health problems.
It is important for any person experiencing gastrointestinal distress to discuss their symptoms with a healthcare provider to receive a diagnosis and proper treatment.