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silver
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posted 01-12-1999 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering if any of you have a family member or relative with IBS. Or are we just "lucky" to have this condition.

Terry
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posted 01-12-1999 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Terry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi There,

My Dad has the same problems I do with my tummy, (mostly severe urgency)he's never had any tests or anything so I don't know if he has IBS or not, but our symptoms are identical.

LindaB
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posted 01-12-1999 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wonderful father, who died at 93 this past August, probably had IBS but I don't think he was ever officially diagnosed as such. The docs just said he had a world class case of diverticulosis and itis, which I also have, in addition to being told twice by a GI that I have IBS. Which is really strange to me, because prior to July 1997 I never had any problems in that area, was regular as clockwork every day, and was laughingly referred to as the "Fiber Queen" becuase I liked salads and high fiber breads and cereals. One of the things my Dad used to complain about was itching on the skin of his lower abdomen whenever his "gut" was acting up. I always thought it was just dry skin, but for the last couple of years, I've also noticed that I itch on each side of my abdomen when the IBS (or whatever it is) is acting up.

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posted 01-12-1999 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neither of my parents have been officially diagnosed with IBS, but both suffer from D, urgency, and abd. cramping.

silver
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posted 01-12-1999 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to mention that my dad had the same problems, indigestion, gas, constipation, heartburn. But like most of your parents was not diagnosed. What does this mean? Is it heriditary, in our genes? What do you think Flux?

JillAnn
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posted 01-13-1999 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both of my Grandmothers on both my parents sides have this. They have both been tested and tested, nothing turns up, but I have a hard time getting any real details out of them,.. I think their generation doesn't talk about stuff like that. My one grandfather has diverticulosis and my mother has fibromyalgia, with lots of joint pain, but only rarely has tummy trouble.


Deb
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posted 01-13-1999 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Deb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My mother and both my sisters suffer with IBS. My mother's has all but disappeared since having gallbladder surgery. My two sisters usually have terrible cramping, along with constipation. I on the other hand, suffer with the big "D."

K
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posted 01-13-1999 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now I'm no doctor, but I'd have to say that if all these people have family members who have IBS, then it must be hereditary in part. I'm not saying that it can't be caused by other things, but I definately think that there is a genetic link.

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