Hey everybodyI'm wondering if anyone has any similar experiences/theories about people close to you whether family or b/f, g/f developing IBS after you have it, and how or why this might happen??I have had IBS for fifteen years. In my previous relationship which went on for four years, my ex-boyfriend, who had never had any stomach problems, began to have episodes of diarreah, belching, general stomach upset. This went on intermittently until we broke up. I have since spoken to my ex - boyfriend who said the problems went away gradually after we separated.I am now in a new relationship and the same thing is happening again!! My current boyfriend has always described himself as having a "cast iron stomach" and was able to eat massive quantities of things that would make me seriously ill, without consequence. Now, he too is having attacks of diarreah, stomach churning, pain etc. I am worried about him and think he has a terrible diet but he is not one to go to doctors. I am also worried because last night the symptoms woke him up from his sleep, which I know is considered a "red flag". He had to spend an hour on the toilet in pain, and concurrent with the "IBS" attack (if you want to call it that) he had an asthma attack and could not breathe...and today he had to go to work exhausted.I have heard of IBS running in families, but is it possible for IBS to be passed on to a boyfriend or girlfriend like this? I know its not physically contagious, but what about a psychological element? My ex-boyfriend used to call it "sympathy belly" when he was having an episode. He was joking, but you get my drift...BTW, I am a C (although used to be D), although my boyfriend seems to fit the D profile. This has been going on too long and too intermittently to be a GI infection. I would describe the symptoms he has described to me and the way it all looks from the outside too to be CLASSIC IBS.