In some cases, however, the cause is actually disease, and those affected suffer regularly and over a long period of time
from intestinal inflammation. Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease
and Ulcerative colitis
are a common cause of discomfort. In both diseases the immune system reacts more strongly than normal; particularly pronounced inflammations and inflammatory reactions develop.
Those who suffer from these chronic intestinal inflammations must regularly take medication - even in phases in which the symptoms are hardly or not at all present. This involves the use of medicines with a wide variety of active ingredients, such as steroids, salicylates or antibiotics.