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IBS An Inherited Condition?
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Is IBS hereditary? That question popped into my head the other day after talking to my mother about my on going frustrations with my IBS. She was telling me that she, herself had problems with her stomach, and so did my grandmother. Why this had never been mentioned before, was a mystery to me. I've been dealing with this off and on for most of my adult life, but had only been diagnosed. three years ago. If they had both had problems, I could have mentioned it to my doctor. Maybe I would have been diagnosed earlier, or maybe they could have given me advice on worked for them.

.I decided to look it up in the computer, I'm always researching something, and this is what I found. The doctors don't know!!!! I guess I should have expected that, as IBS seems to be a mystery to everyone. All doctors seem to know at this point is that something goes haywire between the brain and the digestive system which causes a variety of symptoms. Some people, like me, have chronic constipation, bloating and stomach cramps. Others may have chronic diarrhea, some people alternate between the two. For many it is an on and off thing that doesn't cause much disruption in their day to day life, some people are so badly affected, that they can not leave their homes, or hold down a job.

The two things that researchers agree on is that Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms seem to flare up with " trigger foods" and stress. These trigger foods seem to be different for most people. Some families seem to have more than one relative with IBS, but it's thought that since they share the same diet, it would more likely a shared food intolerance more than inherited IBS. Stress is a big trigger for flare-ups, I know this from personal experience. Many people with IBS have anxiety disorder, which is inherited, or have poor coping skills when it comes to stress. Dealing with stress is quite often family taught, so again it is more likely that IBS is not genetic, just a stress reaction.

So is IBS inherited? The jury seems to be out on that question. I myself, think it might be. I don't eat the same diet as my mother, but we both have similar symptoms. My mother and my grandmother are very calm people who seem to handle stress very well. I have panic attacks on a regular basis, and am a major worry wart. So again, we differ greatly. Only time and more research will prove if IBS is inherited.


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