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When I was growing up you never heard of such a thing as IBS, although I am sure there were some people who suffered with it. Now it seems that more and more people seem to be having this problem. Do you think it is because of all the additives and chemicals that are now put into the food. Or is it that there seems to be a lot more stress placed on people these days, or maybe a combination of the two. Just wondering.
 

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Hmmm,I think it's always been around. People are more willing to talk about it these days. I think people are also more self-educated these days.IBS used to exist although it was called many different names. I know my father was diagnosed with Spastic Colon 35 years ago. That's the same thing as IBS just another name.KARL
 

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Hmmm,I think it's always been around. People are more willing to talk about it these days. I think people are also more self-educated these days.IBS used to exist although it was called many different names. I know my father was diagnosed with Spastic Colon 35 years ago. That's the same thing as IBS just another name.KARL
 

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I agree with Karl. My grandmother had Spastic Colon but I only found this out after I was diagnosed with IBS... people just never discussed their potty habits! Also, there's more statistics available on IBS now, so people actually know how many people have it instead of thinking you're the only one... people go to their doctor's more often... more referrals to specialists (previously people most likely only had their family doctor to consult and they might not have know about IBS...) etc. etc.
I do believe additives may play a part in trigger foods/sensitivies to chemicals, but I know that is not what caused my IBS (in my mind anyway).
 

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I agree with Karl. My grandmother had Spastic Colon but I only found this out after I was diagnosed with IBS... people just never discussed their potty habits! Also, there's more statistics available on IBS now, so people actually know how many people have it instead of thinking you're the only one... people go to their doctor's more often... more referrals to specialists (previously people most likely only had their family doctor to consult and they might not have know about IBS...) etc. etc.
I do believe additives may play a part in trigger foods/sensitivies to chemicals, but I know that is not what caused my IBS (in my mind anyway).
 

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it's awareness and recognition that's growing, I think, not the problem. Also 'they' are finding out more about it and might be close to curesWhen you start seeing cures advertised on television everyone will start asking their doctor about it, even men.tom
 

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it's awareness and recognition that's growing, I think, not the problem. Also 'they' are finding out more about it and might be close to curesWhen you start seeing cures advertised on television everyone will start asking their doctor about it, even men.tom
 

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A lot of family members in my family had/have IBS for years also. Going back in to the 1920's!! So I think it's been around for a while too.I think the internet has certainly helped awareness. As well as all the tests they have now days, to outrule other things. Doctors are able to give more IBS diagnosis. Which is probably why you see more of it.Jennifer
 

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A lot of family members in my family had/have IBS for years also. Going back in to the 1920's!! So I think it's been around for a while too.I think the internet has certainly helped awareness. As well as all the tests they have now days, to outrule other things. Doctors are able to give more IBS diagnosis. Which is probably why you see more of it.Jennifer
 

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I'm 47 and I was first diagnosed at 14 with "colitis."Now I find out my maternal grandmother, who went to work when my grandfather died, kept "running back to the bathroom" every morning to make sure she was cleared out to go to work.My mom has IBS, too.I think no one talked about it; it had no name, etc.
 

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I'm 47 and I was first diagnosed at 14 with "colitis."Now I find out my maternal grandmother, who went to work when my grandfather died, kept "running back to the bathroom" every morning to make sure she was cleared out to go to work.My mom has IBS, too.I think no one talked about it; it had no name, etc.
 

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My father had trouble forever and had a hemmoroidectomy many years ago. I found out later they were probably caused by the chronic constipation. My grandmother (his mother) lived with us and never went 1 day without her stewed prunes for breakfast which I assume was for constipation. She was always obsessed with her bowels. I think alot of this is hereditary.
 

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My father had trouble forever and had a hemmoroidectomy many years ago. I found out later they were probably caused by the chronic constipation. My grandmother (his mother) lived with us and never went 1 day without her stewed prunes for breakfast which I assume was for constipation. She was always obsessed with her bowels. I think alot of this is hereditary.
 

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I think that IBS has always been around, but I do often wonder if food preservatives/additives along with more stress in today's hectic lifestyle make our symptoms much more chronic and severe than our ancestors. Whew, that was a long sentence!
 

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I think that IBS has always been around, but I do often wonder if food preservatives/additives along with more stress in today's hectic lifestyle make our symptoms much more chronic and severe than our ancestors. Whew, that was a long sentence!
 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a relatively recent name for this condition so some of not hearing that name when you were growing up has to do with it not being called that.Some also may be in people being more likely now to even talk to their doctor about such things.I know it has been in the medical literature under one name or another since the early 1900's.Herbal and folk remedies for constipation and diarrhea are very very common so some sort of digestive ill has always been with us.K.
 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a relatively recent name for this condition so some of not hearing that name when you were growing up has to do with it not being called that.Some also may be in people being more likely now to even talk to their doctor about such things.I know it has been in the medical literature under one name or another since the early 1900's.Herbal and folk remedies for constipation and diarrhea are very very common so some sort of digestive ill has always been with us.K.
 
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