IBS (irritable bowel syndrome): is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort which is usually accompanied by alterations in bowel function - diarrhoea, constipation or a combination of both. This can occur over months or years.
Crohns's disease: Symptoms include abdominal pain, often in the lower right abdominal area, and diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and possibly fever. If bleeding is persistent, this may be serious as anaemia may result.
The most common symptoms are abdominal pain
and bloody diarrhoea but can also include, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight
loss, rectal bleeding, as well as loss of body fluids and, therefore, nutrients.
Patients suffering from any one of these disorders may well need medical care for long periods of time.
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