Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 22 million visits to the hospital in a year are caused by disorders in the digestive system. The two most common digestive disorders in the United State are celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They both have similar characteristics at their early stages. For example, symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloating are common in the two disorders. Your healthcare provider may have a hard time distinguishing between these two conditions at the early stages. After a while, they begin to show defining features that make diagnosis easier.
This article will explain the differences and similarities between Celiac disease and IBS. It will also explain the possible causes and when it’s the best time to visit your healthcare provider.