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Do I Have Indigestion or Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

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Indigestion vs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

If you suffer from the odd digestive upset following a night of pizza and hot wings, chances are that you’re suffering from innocent gastrointestinal distress. However, when your digestive system is plagued whenever you eat any food, period, you may be dealing with a more chronic inflammatory bowel issue.

Inflammatory bowel disease (or IBD) is caused by an unhealthy immune reaction within the digestive tract. The term IBD covers a pair of chronic conditions, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which cause inflammation along the digestive tract (i.e., from the inner intestinal walls all the way to the rectum).

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