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Colon Ulcers: related to Stress/IBS or Ulceritis Colitis/Chr

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I have always seemed to think I have IBS. I recently had a colonoscopy where they found ulcers. My Dr. said I could have ulceritis colitis or chrons disease. When I look up the symptoms my symptoms don't seem to match either of those. My symptoms more relate to IBS. I have comstipation then diarreha, I have never had blood in my stool. Also my symptoms are more related to Anxiety and any time I have to change my routine, like if I have dinner plans or going to the movies that is when I seem to get diarreah. Is it posssible the ulcers on my colon are not related to ulceritis or chrons and could be related more to stress?


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replied October 16th, 2006
Digestive & Bowel Disorders Answer A1632
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the large intestines. IBS does not indicate presence of an organic lesion on the intestines. Rather, IBS indicates a distrubance in the reflexes that control the intestinal peristaltic movements. IBS is related to stress and anxiety and is considered to be a psycho-somatic disease. In your case, organic lesions (ulcers) are found in the colon. Therefore, it is not possible to say that all your symptoms are due only to IBS. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory diseases (probably autoimmune) with unknown etiologies that can be confirmed only with a biopsy. During a biopsy, a piece of tissue is taken from the lesion and examined by a pathologist. Both diseases are also connected with anxiety and stress.
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