Irritable Bowel Disease

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      My 19 year old son has just been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Irritable Bowel Disease
      I wonder if there is a genetic link between his diagnosis and my GBS.
      Any thoughts on this?


    • June 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

      Sorry to hear of your son’s diagnosis. My ex hubby went thru it and it was scary and difficult.

      I do not believe there is an actual link between GBS and UC, BUT UC is an autoimmune problem just like GBS. So with that, you can make a link I suppose. Not sure about genetic links. I do know a lot of us happen to have a family history of auto immune disorders. But even allergies are an auto immune response. My dad had ALS, my mom had a laundry list of problems that could be and are listed as auto immune problems. I got GBS. I think it leaves us predisposed to problems just like anything else, but not entirely sure it has been proven. Since my ex and his family tend to have stomach and bowel problems, I keep a close eye on the kids! Since I have GBS and developed other issues, I keep an eye on the kids. I do believe that genetics plays a large role in such things, but scientifically I don’t know if it has been proven or admitted to.

      I wish you both luck and hope your son finds relief and healing.

Irritable Bowel Disease

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      My 19 year old son has just been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Irritable Bowel Disease.
      I wonder if there is a genetic link between his diagnosis and my GBS?
      Any thoughts?


    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1971. I was then diagnosed with GBS in 2005. There is no evidence of a correlation between the two, but having an auto-immune disorder makes me more susceptible to another one. Good luck in your son’s recovery

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    • Anonymous
      August 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

      They say that one in five Americans have some symptoms of IBS so I would guess that it is not related to GBS generally, BUT the causes are usually stress, diet, or food allergies which put a strain on the body which could lead of GBS. I think many of us have gotten GBS when we were totally overoaded with stress and then the immunization or whatever just knocked us down. I remember one person on this site who got GBS when they gave up smoking. One was doing a marathon,
      Your son might want to try changing his diet to see if it makes a difference. Perhaps he could give up wheat, alcohol, smoking, and try a bland diet…maybe organic baby food for a week and see if it helps. Then he could narrow it down as to the culprit. It’s better than going on pharmaceuticals right away…and never knowing the cause.
      I would start with eliminating wheat, corn, potatoes, peanut butter, miilk…..they are known to be irritants.

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm

      I had IBS for some years, then changed to reverse osmosis water. Within 2 days, my symptoms subsided, and within 2 weeks they were gone. Using good, pure drinking and cooking water is very important. Another thing to watch for is the kind of foods that irritate the bowels, such as spicy, hot foods, and other foods which produce gas. I cut those out of my diet, and the bleeding and pain diminished, then stopped. Any time I forget to watch my diet, these things reoccur. A good, basic diet is generally healthy for the bowels, as long as you avoid anything that is causing trouble. It’s a difficult condition to deal with, but changes to one’s lifestyle and diet can really help to alleviate the symptoms.
      Hope things get better!