Clarify the real significant differences of how unrelated they are. I really need a comparison to show people they are not one in the same; noting the most serious symptomatic risks of each.
Diverticulosis are little pouches in the lining of your bowel/colon. A seed, piece of apple peel, what ever can get into the pouch. It bothers your system and even cause an infection. Your system reacts by having pain, stomach aches, diarrhea, fever, etc. When I was a kid, the neighbor man had a small raspberry seed get into a pocket.
IBS is a chronic stress related medical condition that can be controlled by medicines and diet. I have both diverticulsis and IBS. I've never had any food particles trapped in a pocket/diverticulosis. Unfortunately, I do have colonoscopies and problems for IBS. Diverticulosis is usually associated with a meat heavy diet. They say that vegetarians usually don't have any or have very few. Last count was 3, and I'm a heavy meat eater. The IBS often makes vegetables, fruit, and fibers undigestible, and I eneded up in a speciality clinic. You sound like your doctor is giving you the possibilities, usually a colonoscopy answers this question so the doctor can treat you.
For what it's worth, I had to refinance my car this week, and my stomach went into cramps and diarrhea from the fear that I would be denied. That's IBS. If you want to talk more-you can post more questions or friend me. I hope that this helps you. Todays care of an infected diverticulosis is extremely easy compared to the past. Good luck
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