Hundreds of thousands of people deal with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) each day. The two most common types of IBD are Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s Disease. Although symptoms are similar, these two diseases are not the same. Ulcerative Colitis can cause inflammation and ulcers in the colon and rectum. Chron’s Disease affects the entire lining of your digestive tract. Unfortunately, there is no cure for either, but there are medications available that can lessen the effects of IBD that can help you to live a more normal life.

Some of the signs and symptoms of IBD include the following:

Common Signs and Symptoms


  • Abdominal pain/cramps
  • Bloody stool

Common Signs and Symptoms


  • Rectal bleeding
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Urgent need to move bowels

Gastroenterology Awareness

  • Statistics show that approximately 20% of the population with IBD has a blood relative with IBD
  • Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s Disease does not discriminate: it affects all adults equally
  • Signs and symptoms of IBD tend to show up between the ages of 15 and 35


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